Dan Fortune

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Act of Fear Summary

A one-armed PI looks for a link between a mugged cop and a missing kid.

Until he lost his arm, Dan Fortune was known all over Chelsea as a crook with promise. He was looting a ship when he slipped and fell, breaking his arm in so many places that the doctors were forced to amputate, ending his criminal career and forevermore branding him “Pirate Fortune.” Since fate forced him to go straight, he has become the resident private eye of this run-down part of Manhattan, chiseling out a career of divorce work and subpoena delivery. But a big case is coming his way.

A beat cop is mugged in broad daylight and, as is the norm in this hard-bitten neighborhood, nobody saw anything. The only possible witness is Jo-Jo Olsen, who disappears the next morning. Unsure if he’s looking for a witness or a perp, Fortune hunts for the kid, unearthing ugly secrets in a neighborhood he thought he knew well.

©1967 Gayle H. Lynds, 2007 Revokable Trust (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Act of Fear

    • Dan Fortune Mystery
    • By: Dennis Lynds
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Until he lost his arm, Dan Fortune was known all over Chelsea as a crook with promise. He was looting a ship when he slipped and fell, breaking his arm in so many places that the doctors were forced to amputate, ending his criminal career and forevermore branding him “Pirate Fortune.” Since fate forced him to go straight, he has become the resident private eye of this run-down part of Manhattan, chiseling out a career of divorce work and subpoena delivery.

    Regular price: £17.39

  • Book 2

    • The Brass Rainbow

    • By: Dennis Lynds
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Holland Taylor is comfortable in interrogation rooms. For years the cold dark cells of the Minneapolis homicide squad were his turf, and with the help of his partner he wrung confessions out of countless killers. But that was long ago. Tonight Taylor is on the other side of the desk. Tonight he is the suspect.

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  • Book 3

    • Night of the Toads

    • Dan Fortune, Book 3
    • By: Dennis Lynds
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
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    Though a legendary Broadway mogul, Ricardo Vega’s true talents lie in the infamous art of trapping aspiring young actresses on his casting couch. When he takes a liking to Marty Adair, a chorus girl recently cast in her first big part, he tells her that her job is on the line if she doesn’t sleep with him. Where some women might crumple, Marty turns to her boyfriend, one-armed PI Dan Fortune.

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  • Book 4

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    • Walk a Black Wind

    • A Dan Fortune Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Dennis Lynds
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  • Book 5

    • Shadow of a Tiger

    • Dan Fortune, Book 5
    • By: Dennis Lynds
    • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
    • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
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    Dan Fortune’s girlfriend, Marty, asks him to pawn her diamond ring in order to buy them a few weeks by the seashore. Fortune does as told, but picks up some business while at the pawnshop. There he meets Claude Marais, brother of the pawnbroker and veteran of the humiliating French defeats in Vietnam and Algiers. Fearing that someone is trying to kill her husband, Claude’s wife hires Fortune to guard him against a mysterious German with a years-old wartime grudge.

    Regular price: £12.79

  • Book 6

    • The Silent Scream

    • By: Dennis Lynds
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
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    Most of Dan Fortune’s customers are nervous. It takes fear to make normal people reach out to a private detective, and that is how he knows that his newest client, the icy Mia Morgan, is not normal. She hires him to investigate a lush blonde who frequents a nearby French restaurant, and refuses to tell him why. Some detectives might demand more information, but six months after his lover left him, Fortune is tired of nursing his broken heart and needs distraction.

    Regular price: £15.19