WorldCat Identities

Burns, Rex

Works: 44 works in 169 publications in 4 languages and 8,410 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3552.U7325, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Rex Burns
Most widely held works by Rex Burns
Success in America : the yeoman dream and the industrial revolution by Rex Burns( Book )

5 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ground money : a Gabe Wager mystery by Rex Burns( Book )

9 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An old cowboy asks Gabe for help with his estranged sons When he was a teenager, Gabe Wager and his friends in the Denver barrio had no greater idol than Vaquero Tommy Sanchez. One of the rare Mexicans to break through into professional rodeo, Sanchez was a hero to every Hispanic boy with dreams of making it in a white man & rsquo;s world. By the time Sanchez & rsquo;s star faded, Wager was away with the Marine Corps, enduring terrors but supported by his memories of hot, dusty rodeo days. Now the old barrio has been bulldozed, Wager is a homicide detective, and Sanchez is little more than a memory of faded glory. The retired cowboy & rsquo;s estranged sons are following in his footsteps, and he fears they may have fallen in with a bad crowd. He asks Wager to find them and keep them out of trouble. Wager agrees, even though rogue police work could cost him his badge. What man could ever refuse his boyhood hero?
Suicide season by Rex Burns( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To get his agency off the ground, security expert Devlin Kirk takes a dangerous case. Sabotage threatens the profits of industrial giant McAllister Enterprises. Twice already, accounting errors have forced the company to drop out of $100 million deals, and both times a competing firm, the Aegis Group, swooped in to take over. The CEO suspects industrial espionage, and the obvious suspect is division director Austin Haas, who declined a job offer from Aegis six months ago but may be working for them from the inside. Before firing Haas, the CEO wants to be sure. In this industry, when you want to be sure, you call Devlin Kirk. Kirk, an ex-Secret Service agent, is struggling to establish his new private security agency. He doesn't like McAllister and he doesn't like the case, but debts are mounting against his small firm, and his client list is too short to say no. When Haas is found shot in an apparent suicide, things move from legal to lethal
The avenging angel : a Gabe Wager mystery by Rex Burns( Book )

13 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An unidentified body points Wager to a radical religious sect A year ago, homicide detective Gabe Wager had a man killed. Though Wager feels no guilt at doing away with an evil man, his partner, Max Axton, is disgusted, and has hardly spoken to him for a year. Now Wager and Axton have to work together to solve a baffling crime that takes them to the border of Colorado & mdash;and the limits of human faith. They find the body on Denver & rsquo;s outskirts, stripped of identifying marks and clutching a drawing of a sword-bearing angel. The picture is a clue: the calling card of a boastful killer. It leads Wager and Axton to the state & rsquo;s desolate fringe, where a radical Mormon group refuses to follow its church into the modern world, killing to protect their way of life
Body guard by Rex Burns( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kirk watches nervously as a new employee goes undercover with a drug ring. The employees at the Advantage Company have started to steal. They are angrier than they used to be, and also clumsier ⁰́₄ accident reports have spiked. To Devlin Kirk, these are telltale signs of on-the-job drug abuse. Hired by Advantage to smash the drug ring that's sprung up inside its factory, Kirk sends his newest employee, earnest farm boy Chris Newman, to infiltrate the company. Newman sees suspicious activity everywhere, but lacks the experience to find hard evidence. Only when Newman is tortured to death is Kirk sure that the kid was on to something. Meanwhile, Kirk's partner, Bunch, takes a job working as a bodyguard for a man who claims to be hunted by Japanese assassins. Kirk & Associates has a reputation of doing anything for its clients. In these two cases, the job wants blood
The killing zone : a Gabe Wager mystery by Rex Burns( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wager hunts for the killer of a black councilman, as the city threatens to riot Gabe & rsquo;s girlfriend Jo is drowning. She stares up at him, eyes wide with terror, as he fights to grab her hand. In a moment, the frothing river swallows her up, and Jo is gone. Nine months have passed since Jo & rsquo;s death, and Detective Wager cannot get the image out of his mind. Rather than fight the urge to blame himself, he embraces the guilt, punishing himself for it every day. Only his work on the homicide squad can distract him, and he has just landed a case fraught with political implications. A crusading black city councilman is found murdered in an abandoned lot, and the city teeters on the edge of a riot. As Wager investigates the politician & rsquo;s secret past, he must balance his own pain with a burning need to see justice done
Endangered species : a Gabe Wager mystery by Rex Burns( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lives will be endangered. Wager and Mallory team up in a race against the clock to figure out King's next target - and to be sure they are there one step ahead of him. In a thriller for the modern age, Burns uses his skills to combine a gripping police procedural with an environmentally conscious plot. The result is a taut, riveting tale
Crime classics : the mystery story from Poe to the present( Book )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction gives historical perspective to mystery genre and the stories included in the anthology
Parts unknown by Rex Burns( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Devlin investigates a missing Salvadoran & rsquo;s gruesome fate Devlin Kirk and his partner Bunchcroft are Denver & rsquo;s finest industrial security experts, even if Denver doesn & rsquo;t see it that way. Their last big case got them out of debt, but since then the well has been dry. Their firm is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy when Nestor Calamaro, a young illegal immigrant whose family is close to Bunch, disappears. Kirk can & rsquo;t afford any pro bono work, but Bunch talks him into the good deed. Missing persons cases are usually simple. This one is not. Nestor & rsquo;s trail leads Kirk and Bunch to two more missing immigrants, all of whom are connected to Antibodies Research, a biotech start-up whose work is shrouded in extreme secrecy. For Kirk and Bunch, penetrating their security system is the easy part. But when they learn the terrible truth behind Nestor & rsquo;s disappearance, they risk becoming missing persons themselves
The Alvarez journal by Rex Burns( Book )

20 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Once, Denvers small-time pushers sold nothing harder than dime bags of bad California grass. But in the last year, heroin has appeared on the streets of the Mile High City. Detective Gabe Wager and his rookie partner spend their nights trailing dealers, making buys, and acquiring informants. After months picking up scraps, a stray piece of information is about to put Wager on to the biggest bust of his career. A letter from the Seattle DEA puts him on the hunt for nearly a thousand pounds of smuggled marijuana. The case could make Wagers career--if the smugglers dont kill him first
Blood line : a Gabe Wager mystery by Rex Burns( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gabe Wagner, a Denver policeman goes after drug dealers when his teenage cousin, Julio, is gunned down. Wagner had been questioning Julio about some money the boy had suddenly acquired
Strip search : a Gabe Wager mystery by Rex Burns( Book )

5 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a stripper is murdered, Gabe Wager turns the red-light district inside out More than any other establishment on Denver & rsquo;s red-light strip, the Cinnamon Club has taken advantage of the new law allowing all-nude dancing. What was once confined to back rooms now takes center stage, and the activities in the club & rsquo;s private section grow ever more depraved. Annette Sheldon is the Cinnamon Club & rsquo;s rising star until her body is found dumped in an alley, eyes pecked out by scavenging magpies. Homicide detective Gabe Wager and his partner pull Annette & rsquo;s husband in for questioning, and though they don & rsquo;t think he killed her, they do think he & rsquo;s lying about something. When a second dancer is murdered, Wager goes undercover on the strip, searching for the man with the violent fetish. The more questions he asks, though, the more he risks becoming the killer & rsquo;s next target
The Farnsworth $core by Rex Burns( Book )

11 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in English and German and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gabriel Wager, the dauntless Chicano policeman, goes undercover as a junkie to find out where a drug dealer is getting his cocaine
Speak for the dead by Rex Burns( Book )

9 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now working homicide, Wager lands a gruesome case in the botanic garden. Homicide cops are always suspicious of the drug enforcement division, so when ex-narcotics detective Gabe Wager arrives on the murder squad, his first assignment is the graveyard shift. His new commanding officer hopes that the late shift will keep Wager out of trouble, and give him a chance to learn the byzantine regulations that govern murder investigations. But two days later, a call comes in just after dawn reporting a death at Denver's botanic gardens. Wager could leave it for the morning shift
Angle of attack by Rex Burns( Book )

10 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and French and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tip about a murdered mob boss forces Gabe Wager to reopen a cold case. A year ago, Marco Scorvelli was murdered while picking up his morning paper. A sawed-off shotgun put a hole in his stomach, and streaked the inside of his sports coat with the mob boss's innards. As Scorvelli crawled towards his front door, the killer left the shotgun angled neatly on the sidewalk. No prints were recovered, and no headway was ever made on the case. Now a reliable underworld source passes a message to homicide detective Gabe Wager. The killing wasn't ordered by a rival family, but
The leaning land : a Gabe Wager mystery by Rex Burns( Book )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Denver police detective Gabe Wager is asked to investigate a murder that took place on the Squaw Point reservation, he also has to deal with disputes among such groups as the F.B.I., the Bureau of Land Management, the Indian police, and what appears to be a local militia
Crude carrier by Rex Burns( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When a sailor dies under unusual circumstances, James Raiford goes undercover on the high seas. The Rossi family received only a handful of letters after their son shipped out on the supertanker Aurora Victorious. The first dispatches were from Harold himself, describing the blend of tedium and excitement that defined life onboard the ship. The last communication came from the ship's owners: four brief sentences informing them that their son had died and been buried at sea. Desperate to know more, the Rossis turn to James and Julie Raiford, the father-daughter detective team behind the Touchstone Agency. As the Raifords soon learn, work on the open sea is dangerous -- and asking questions can be deadly. When the shipping company stonewalls the investigation, James joins the Aurora Victorious as an electronics officer, and Julie digs into the proprietors' shadowy background. International oil shipping is a ruthless business, and its secrets run as deep as the ocean itself"--Page 4 of cover
Body slam : a Touchstone Agency mystery by Rex Burns( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Otto Lidke got a tryout in pro football, he hired a lawyer friend named Jim Raiford to handle his contract. The negotiations were bungled, forcing both men into a career change. Trying to start a pro wrestling circuit in Denver, Lidke runs afoul of the national federation, which does everything it can, legal and otherwise, to stamp out his new venture. When shady business practices escalate into threats on his life, Lidke calls on Raiford, now a private investigator, to dig up some dirt on the men who are trying to put him out of business. But instead he gets Raiford's daughter, Julie, a whip-smart sleuth looking to prove she's every bit as savvy as her father. As Julie and her dad dig into the vicious world of small-time wrestling, they find that though the fights may be fixed, the danger is all too real
Alvarez journal by Rex Burns( Recording )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Gabe Wager is working on a tip that 500 to 1,000 pounds of marijuana is coming into Denver each week, using the Rare Things Import Shop as a front. Its owner, a little old man named Montoya, seems harmless, but Rafael Alvarez is another story. Alvarez's file says it all: arrested for possession of marijuana, arrested for suspicion of burglary, and arrested for smuggling marijuana. Wager realizes that the case isn't going to be an easy one. Alvarez is a professional and slippery and Wager is working with a new partner, Detective Denby, and is not finding that very easy, either
When Reason Sleeps by Rex Burns( )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A forcibly retired marine investigates the disappearance of a young girl. Lieutenant-Colonel Jack Steele is too honest for Washington. If any other Marine Corps investigator had noticed a congressman's corruption, he might have kept his mouth shut. But Steele knows his ultimate duty and blows the whistle on a treasonous lawmaker, earning himself a pat on the back and a swift kick out the door. Steele returns to his hometown of San Diego, hoping for a quiet retirement. Instead he finds a chilling mystery that will make him question everything about the country he spent so
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Crime classics : the mystery story from Poe to the present
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English (134)

German (5)

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