About the Author...
Gabriel Valjan lives in Boston’s South where he enjoys the local restaurants. When he isn’t appeasing Squeak, his cat and editor, with turkey, he documents the #dogsofsouthendboston on Instagram. His short stories have appeared online, in journals, and in several anthologies. He has been a finalist for the Fish Prize, shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and received an Honorable Mention for the Nero Wolfe Black Orchid Novella Contest.
Level Best Books publishes his Shane Cleary series, a five-part series set in 1970s Boston. Gabriel is the author of the Roma and Company Files series with Winter Goose Publishing. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. Gabriel has been shortlisted for an Agatha and Anthony for The Naming Game, the Bridport and Fish prizes, and received an honorable mention for the Black Orchid Novella Award. Gabriel lives in Boston’s South End and he’s an ailurophile.
About the Books...
The Shane Cleary Mysteries
Dirty Old Town (January 2020)
Symphony Road (January 2021)
Hush Hush (January 2022)
In a Hard Place (January 2023)
The Big Lie (January 2023)
News and Reviews...
"Robert B. Parker would stand and cheer, and George V. Higgins would join the ovation. This is a terrific book--tough, smart, spare, and authentic. Gabriel Valjan is a true talent--impressive and skilled--providing knock-out prose, a fine-tuned sense of place and sleekly wry style."
– Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally bestselling author of The Murder List
“Say hello to Shane Cleary, a down-on-his luck private detective walking the streets of dirty old Boston, circa 1975. He's smart, sarcastic, and tough, despite a few cuts and bruises. And he's got a gift for describing everything he sees like a painter with a brush dipped in acid. So come for the twisting plot and suspense, stay for the style. Author Gabriel Valjan has done a terrific job bringing Shane and his world to life. You'll read it in one sitting.”
- William Martin, New York Times Bestselling Author of Back Bay and Bound for Gold
“Valjan paints the town, and all the colors are noir.”
- Tom Straw, NYT Bestselling author, as Richard Castle
"Fans of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser and Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie will love Shane Cleary. Gabriel Valjan has created a fascinating new PI character who prowls the tough streets of ‘70s Boston in this compelling hard-boiled mystery. Dirty Old Townis fast, fun and first-rate!"
– R.G. Belsky, author of the award-winning Clare Carlson mystery series.
"Dirty Old Town hits every pitch out of the park: it's smart, funny and consistently surprising. A great read!"
-Dennis Palumbo, author of the Daniel Rinaldi Mysteries
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