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Circling the Runway by J.L. AbramoPrivate Investigator Jacob Diamond and San Francisco Detective Sergeant Roxton Johnson are famous for not getting along. Cats and dogs. Oil and water. Liston and Ali. Jake and Rocky. When an Assistant District Attorney is murdered in his high-rise apartment building, and Johnson suspects his lieutenant may have something to do with it, he can think of no one else to turn to for help—no one he can trust—but Jake Diamond. If the mismatched duo can avoid stepping on each other’s toes long enough—they may be able to stop circling the runway and land on the villain’s doorstep. Lieutenant Laura Lopez, Detective Ray Boyle, Joey Clams, Vinnie Strings and Darlene Roman are all back in the first new Jake Diamond escapade since Counting to Infinity.

“Jake Diamond is back after a ten-year hiatus, and his reappearance is well worth the wait. Abramo offers yet another smart, funny and action-packed installment to his award-winning series with CIRCLING THE RUNWAY.” —The Denver Review

CIRCLING THE RUNWAY is available from Amazon.


“Set on the mean streets of a Dashiell Hammett-like San Francisco, J. L. Abramo’s Circling the Runway offers the swagger and strut of Raymond Chandler, the skintight plotting of James M. Cain and smart-ass one-line humor smacking of Mickey Spillane: ‘I tossed off the bed covers and the cold hit me like an ice cream truck.’ Any fan of the above crime fiction masters will thoroughly enjoy and appreciate this taut novel of suspense, thrills and humor. Abramo’s award-winning private eye Jake Diamond jolts readers on every page with action, laugh-out-loud dialogue and a flair for description that brings characters to life. Welcome back, Jake! We’ve missed you.” —Jack Getze, Spinetingler Magazine


J. L. Abramo was born in Brooklyn on Raymond Chandler’s fifty-ninth birthday. Abramo earned a BA in Sociology at the City College of New York and a Masters in Social Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of “Catching Water in a Net” (2001), winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America prize for Best First Private Eye Novel; and the subsequent Jake Diamond mysteries “Clutching at Straws” and “Counting to Infinity”. Abramo’s stand-alone thriller, “Gravesend”, was released by Down and Out Books in trade paper and eBook on September 25, 2012. “Chasing Charlie Chan”, a prequel to the Jake Diamond series, was released in September 2013.