Cranks and Shadows

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Cranks and Shadows
Author K.C. Constantine
Country  USA
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher The Mysterious Press of Warner Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 314
ISBN 0-89296-543-6
OCLC 31131489
Preceded by Bottom Liner Blues
Followed by Good Sons

Cranks and Shadows is a crime novel by the American writer K.C. Constantine set in 1990s Rocksburg, a fictional, blue-collar, Rustbelt town in Western Pennsylvania (modeled on the author's hometown of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, adjacent to Pittsburgh).

Mario Balzic is the protagonist, an atypical detective for the genre, a Serbo-Italian American cop, middle-aged, unpretentious, a family man who asks questions and uses more sense than force.

The novel opens with Balzic being told to lay off five members of his police department. Balzic confronts members of the Conemaugh Foundation, a clandestine organization out to seize control of Rocksburg.

It is the eleventh book in the 17-volume Rocksburg series.


  • Constantine, K.C. (2002). Saving Room for Dessert. New York: The Mysterious Press of Warner Books. ISBN 0-89296-763-3.