Buy the Book


By Jack Kelly

Read Bio
ISBN 10: 0786889810
320 pages

Now in paperback, this page-turner from the author of Line of Sight is packed with great writing, complex characters, a shocker of an ending, and a dose of pure attitude.

Writing with the deft skill of Elmore Leonard and James Ellroy, but adding a hip, noirish twist all his own, Jack Kelly packs a punch in this new novel set in the deceptively quiet neighborhoods of 1950s Rochester, New York. Ike Van Savage’s latest case starts out simply enough: a threatening husband and a beleaguered wife. But before he knows it, he’s pulled into a serpentine mystery that involves the town’s most notorious gangster, a dead heiress, and one too many “accidents.” Mobtown seethes with undercurrents of passion, drips with moody detail, and brims over with proof that Jack Kelly deserves an honored place among writers of suspense and detective fiction.


“Recommended wherever the genre is in demand; fans won’t be disappointed.” —Library Journal

“It’s a book you can start and finish by the same fireplace log.” —People Magazine

“His writing is crisp, straight out of film noir . . . adrenaline in words.” —New York Times Book Review

“Kelly has fun with the old-fashioned private-eye story.” —Booklist

“No forced wisecracks here, no sour, self-involved attitudinizing: this is hardboiled crime fiction made fresh again.” —Kirkus Reviews

Mobtown is a brilliant recreation of a time and place, a hard-charging blend of Chandler, Ellroy and early Spillane that feels brand new. Jack Kelly brings it alive with anti-hero Ike Van Savage, and a narrative fueled by muscle and juice.” –George P. Pelecanos, author of Right as Rain

You Might Also Like...

Sign Up!

If you would like to learn more, please enter your e-mail below to receive news alerts, event info or other promotions.

Buy the Book