Riordan's Desk

Riordan's Desk

Crime fiction by Mark Coggins featuring private investigator August Riordan. Each season is a one chapter/one episode reading of a Riordan novel by the author. Season 1 is THE DEAD BEAT SCROLL, a book the New York Journal of Books called a “Glorious potpourri of violence, black humor … sex, and a hunt for a lost manuscript.” Note that the podcast is intended for mature audiences and includes curse words, violence and sex.

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May 7, 2020 15 min

In this audio fiction presentation of the novel The Dead Beat Scroll, private investigator August Riordan returns to San Francisco to avenge the death of his friend and one-time partner, Chris Duckworth. Duckworth has taken over Riordan’s old business, his old office, and even his old apartment, and Riordan suspects Duckworth’s death is linked to the missing-person case he was working when he died.

An alluring young woman named Ange...

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Riordan goes back to his old San Francisco office to compare notes with his ex, Gretchen Sabatini.

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Riordan goes to Berkeley to talk to Ivy, the sugar baby who hired Duckworth.

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Riordan visits Ivy's sugar daddy.

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Riordan meets Angelina, Duckworth's actual last client.

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Riordan makes another late night visit to Golden Fingers.

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Riordan makes an unsettling discovery.

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Riordan updates Angelina on developments in the case.

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Riordan gets his hair cut--and makes an important discovery as a result.

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Riordan has a literary experience.

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Riordan visits a rare book dealer.

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Riordan gains important insight into the origin of the mysterious scroll thanks to research by Gretchen

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Riordan gets schooled on Beat Generation writers.

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Riordan meets with Kittredge to compare notes.

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Riordan meets Kim and learns a thing or two more about the birds and the bees.

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Riordan goes to see Kim's friend Tuyen.

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Riordan learns more about what happened to Tuyen and goes to see Angelina.

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Riordan meets the leader of Wo Hop To.

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Riordan receives an unexpected visitor from Palm Springs.

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Riordan gets an important message from an old friend.

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