John Nardizzi is a writer and investigator. His fictional detective, Ray Infantino, first appeared in print in Austin Layman's Crimestalkers Casebook. "Telegraph Hill" is the first novel featuring Infantino. Many details from the book are loosely based on legal cases John handled in San Francisco's tough Tenderloin District and around the country. "Powerhouse Blues" is the second book in the Infantino series and will be published in 2016. Ray Infantino takes on the case of a man who falls afoul of rogue cops and a Boston gangster, who frame him for a murder on the Boston waterfront.
Some early ideas—poems and short sketches—came from walking Nob Hill through the Tenderloin. An incredible mix of wealth and poverty in a short space, there was some vibrant poetry bubbling up from the streets—Hollywood Billiards, bars like the Driftwood, Motherlode, taco joints, Original Joe's, poetry readings at Yakety Yak Cafe and the Royal.
John has publishing credits in numerous professional and literary journals, including San Diego Writer's Monthly, Oxygen, Liberty Hill Poetry Review, Lawyers Weekly and PI Magazine.
In 2003, John founded Nardizzi & Assocs., Inc., a private detective agency in Boston. His investigations on behalf of people wrongfully convicted of crimes led to million dollar settlements for clients like Dennis Maher, Scott Hornoff, and the estate of Kenneth Waters, whose story was featured in the 2010 film Conviction.
Prior to working as a PI, John worked as a landscaper, law clerk, and in athletic clubs. He failed to hold any restaurant job for longer than a week.
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The Voice: A Short Story
by John Nardizzi
Before the release of "Telegraph Hill", Ray Infantino appeared in the spring 2007 edition of Austin Layman’s Crimestalkers Casebook. "The Voice" is a short story with Ray searching for a witness in the Tenderloin in San Francisco.
by John Nardizzi
In Telegraph Hill, private detective Ray Infantino searches for a missing girl named Tania. The case takes him to San Francisco, the city he abandoned years ago after his fiance was murdered.
Thrust into his old city haunts, Ray finds that Tania may not be lost at all. Tania saw a murder; and a criminal gang, the Black Fist Triad, wants to make sure she never sees anything again.
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