Thirteen Million Dollar Pop (Hardcover)

A Frank Behr Novel

By David Levien

Doubleday, 9780385532532, 304pp.

Publication Date: August 9, 2011

List Price: 24.95*
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The acclaimed author of City of the Sun returns with a relentlessly taut new novel featuring enigmatic private investigator Frank Behr and the American heartland setting that has won David Levien critical raves.

In an Indianapolis underground parking structure, Frank Behr is on an executive protection detail for Bernard “Bernie Cool” Kolodnik, a hard-driving business mogul on the verge of making a move into big-time Indiana politics. Behr is working for an exclusive investigation company, and it’s an uncomfortable fit, both literally and philosophi­cally. The uneasy stability is quickly rocked by a burst of automatic weapons fire as an attempt is made on the promi­nent client, and Behr manages to protect him and repel the attackers. Though Behr is celebrated for his heroism, he can’t help but investigate what happened in that garage—and why the Indianapolis cops seem to be burying the incident.

As David Levien has masterfully done in his previous nov­els, he weaves a crime story that is teeming with real charac­ters and electric energy—centered on the brooding psyche of Frank Behr. Thirteen Million Dollar Pop is unyieldingly compelling and will give readers yet another reason to enlist with this superbly talented writer.

About the Author

DAVID LEVIEN, author of "Where the Dead Lay" and "City of the Sun," has been nominated for the Edgar, Hammett, and Shamus awards, and is also a screenwriter and director (including co-director of "Solitary Man "(2009)""starring Michael Douglas). He lives in Connecticut. "13 Million Dollar Pop" is his third Frank Behr novel--and is on sale August 2011.

Praise For Thirteen Million Dollar Pop: A Frank Behr Novel

Raves for 13 Million Dollar Pop:

“If you take heart medicine, you'll want to consult with a doctor before reading this pulse-quickening thriller from David Levien….With his machete-sharp wit, Levien paints a vivid picture of what happens when power lands in the hands of the wrong people. Not surprisingly, his characters are alive with energy, and his rapid-fire plot is hunkered in realism. All in all, [13 Million Dollar Pop] is a thunderous book that shines a light on dirty politics and the repercussions of getting caught in the crossfire. Bullet for bullet, this is one explosive read.” --Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star


“The truth of the characters—and the intensity of their pain—is as unbearably real as it gets.” —New York Times Book Review

“Levien is the new must-read thriller writer.” —Lee Child