Body Slam


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5.44 X 8.01 X 0.79 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Rex Burns (b. 1935) is the author of numerous thrillers set in and around Denver, Colorado. Born in California, he served in the Marine Corps and attended Stanford University and the University of Minnesota before becoming a writer. His Edgar Award-winning first novel, The Alvarez Journal (1975), introduced Gabe Wager, a Denver police detective working in an organized crime unit. Burns continued this hard-boiled series through ten more novels, concluding it with 1997's The Leaning Land. One of the Wager mysteries, The Avenging Angel (1983), was adapted as a feature film, Messenger of Death, starring Charles Bronson. Burns's other two series center on Devlin Kirk and James Raiford, both Denver-based private detectives.

Once a monthly mystery review columnist in the Rocky Mountain News, Burns has also written nonfiction and hosted the Mystery Channel's Anatomy of a Mystery. He lives and writes in Boulder, Colorado.


"A skillful and sensitive writer." --The New York Times Book Review
"Among the best fictional police writers . . . [Burns] avoids clichΓ©s and provides us with good, intense narrative . . . within a truthful framework." --The National Centurion: A Police Lifestyle Magazine
"One of our best writers of mysteries." --The Boston Globe

"Body Slam is a socko new series that is sure to resonate with Burns fans." --The Denver Post

"A promising new series . . . This first Touchstone Agency novel is anchored by a strong father-daughter team, who are supported by a cast of full-bodied supporting characters. The writing offers a nice mixture of hard-boiled detective and whimsy, and it's hard to imagine any fan of private-eye novels who wouldn't enjoy this one very much." --Booklist