Books by Kent Harrington

LAST FERRY HOME by Kent Harrington
Released: March 13, 2018

"Respected noir veteran Harrington (The Rat Machine, 2013, etc.) returns with a tough and thoughtful novel about grief and its consequences."
Still traumatized by the death of his wife in a sailing accident 18 months ago, San Francisco homicide detective Michael O'Higgins is further tested on his first day back on the job by a gruesome double murder. Read full book review >
DARK RIDE by Kent Harrington
Released: Feb. 15, 1996

Boy meets girl, boy and girl take turns handcuffing each other to bed, boy and girl plot to kill girl's husband in this sex-soaked noir debut. Once Jimmy Rogers was the golden boy of Clarksville, Calif., getting into scrapes his father, the mayor, had to call in favors to pull him out of. Now, after his gilded youth has ended in a rash of failures and disappointments—the final blow his disinheritance by his father—Eve Stack, his boss's wife, is all the has-been insurance agent can think about, even when he's making love to somebody else. After a few months of marathon crank-and-couplings in Eve's discreet dungeon, Jimmy can't think of anything but hard sex and big money. It's the perfect time for him to resist the apple-cheeked allure of Kelly Owens, the new face at Phil Stack's agency, and agree to Eve's plan to dispose of her wealthy, inconvenient husband. Jimmy could never have predicted the horrific way the killing goes awry. But he certainly should've seen what would happen next, if not the exact steps in his path to perdition. Phil's brother Nigel turns up out of the blue and sinks serious teeth into both Jimmy and Eve, who's all too comfortable with being a new man's sex slave and confidential informer. Jimmy's got to get rid of Nigel too, of course, but not until he's finished jumping through every nasty hoop Nigel's forced on him. Harrington's distinctive spin on this familiar tale, apart from liberal doses of truly dangerous sex, is to allow Jimmy's civic connections—the D.A. and the sheriff are boyhood friends who know how to show respect to the mayor's legacy—to keep pulling him back from the edge of disaster, even as they keep reminding him that ``killing Phil had really been just one more misstep in a long line of missteps.'' The grisly, deadpan, unnervingly comic tone makes you wonder if Jim Thompson hasn't risen from the grave. Read full book review >
A BROTHER TO DRAGONS by Kent Harrington
Released: April 27, 1993

The FBI, the IRA, the Mafia, British Military Intelligence, NYPD, and the Royal Ulster Constabulary do considerable violence to each other on the streets of New York. It all has to do with jumbo jets and sabotaged landing systems. Mafia vengeance kicks off the international complications with the car-bomb murder of Erin DiGenero in Salt Lake City. Mrs. DiGenero had the bad fortune to be married to Frank DiGenero (The Gift of a Falcon, 1988), the FBI agent who went undercover for four years to expose a Mafia don. DiGenero, barely recovered from his own blast wounds, returns to FBI headquarters in D.C. to find out what the bureau is doing to find his wife's killers. Agent Benedetto, an old friend, is in charge of the investigation, but he doesn't appear to be trying hard to see that justice is served, so DiGenero takes matters into his own hands. The bomber, a Mafia goon, is quickly identified, but he's already dead, having been mysteriously executed over pasta. DiGenero digs up a confusing link between the goon and the IRA and finds it necessary to take up with the late bomber's boss's girlfriend, Jilian McCray, an Anglo-Irish beauty working undercover for the Northern Irish police. Jilian's nursing her own wounds: her fiancÇ was murdered by the IRA. She's in New York to see whether she can hit the IRA where it hurts. After quite a lot of rather dangerous misunderstandings, Jilian and DiGenero find that they make rather a good team and go to work to end the joint IRA/Mafia subversion of Kennedy International air traffic control that has already crashed one British Airway 747 into a Long Island shopping center. Okay, maybe the Sicilian-Irish connection is a stretch, but the tension is quite satisfactory, the romance is sexy, the scenery's gritty, and there are lots of appealing supporting roles, including a staunchly independent Jewish New York cop. Read full book review >