Thursday, July 28th at 7:00 p.m.
New York Times best-selling author Lisa Brackmann’s new mystery Go Between artfully navigates the rough waters of the for-profit prison industry and legalized marijuana to create a nail-biting and darkly funny novel. Find out how she pulls this magic off in conversation with her fellow partner in crime fiction, Tim Hallinan, winner 2015 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Crime Novel, out this year with King Maybe. L.A.’s own noir author Steph Cha moderates this concord of crime-scribes on Thursday, July 28th at 7:00 p.m. Signing to follow.
Go-Between is an all-too-realistic thriller about for-profit prisons, big-money politics, shady non-profits, the war on drugs—and the people who would kill to keep the system intact. Emily runs a successful bistro in Humboldt County, California, where she lives with her boyfriend, Jeff, a volunteer firefighter. It’s true, firefighting isn’t really Jeff’s main job—that would be flying Humboldt’s finest weed to out-of-state customers. Actually, his name isn’t Jeff, it’s Danny; and Emily’s real name is Michelle Mason, although no one can ever know that. She’s on the run from her past—which has just caught up with her in the person of an ex-CIA agent who got her and Danny into this whole mess.
“…with a deft sleight of hand, she transforms powerful social insight into a nerve-zapping luge run of lies, murder, dirty politics, drug smuggling, love, betrayal and black ops run amok.”—Craig Faustus Buck, author of Go Down Hard
“Smart, funny, dark, hip . . . exquisite.”
—Cornelia Read, author of the Madeline Dare series
In Edgar-finalist Hallinan’s darkly comic fifth Junior Bender mystery King Maybe, Los Angeles’s most talented burglar, Junior Bender, is in the middle of stealing one of the world’s rarest stamps from a professional killer when his luck suddenly turns sour; his escape sets off a chain reaction of blackmail and escalating crime. By the time Junior is forced to commit his third burglary of the week — in the impregnable fortress that’s home to the ruthless studio mogul called King Maybe — he’s beginning to wish he’d just let the killer take a crack at him. The critically praised King Maybe was released in April, and a Junior Christmas book, Fields Where They Lay, will come out in November.
“Hallinan not only writes a relentless-as- the-rain paced thriller, sprinkled with an offbeat, cynical humor, but the poignant emotional sides of the characters and the intelligent and beautiful plot and storytelling soak the reader’s heart to the skin.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Lisa Brackmann is the critically acclaimed author of the Ellie McEnroe novels set in China (Rock Paper Tiger, Hour of the Rat, Dragon Day) and the thriller Getaway. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal and CNET. She lives in San Diego with a couple of cats, far too many books and a bass ukulele. You can find her online at www.lisabrackmann.com.
Timothy Hallinan is the Edgar, Shamus, Macavity, and Nero-nominated author of eighteen published novels. Hallinan currently has two series: the Poke Rafferty Bangkok Thrillers, and the Junior Bender Mysteries. The latest Rafferty book, The Hot Countries, was named one of the best books of 2015 by Library Journal and Strand Magazine. Hallinan lives in Santa Monica, California, and Bangkok. He is fortunate enough to be married to Munyin Choy.
Steph Cha is the author of Follow Her Home, Beware Beware, and Dead Soon Enough, all published by St.Martin’s Minotaur. She’s the noir editor for the L.A. Review of Books and a regular contributor to the L.A. Times. She lives in her native city of Los Angeles with her husband and basset hound.