This haunting, hardboiled tale follows detective Frank “Slim Fat” Pinson and his partner as they unravel the vexing mystery surrounding a who-done-it drug murder in Southern California. The first detective novel from acclaimed pulp writer Matt Phillips introduces readers to a character of indefensible fault, immense morality, and incalculable demise.
“An intelligently conceived and executed crime drama...A thrilling addition to an old but still vital literary genre.” —Kirkus Reviews
“In a just world, [Phillips] will someday get his due alongside some of those more celebrated Gold Medal authors. Because there's still an audience for storytelling that marries propulsive darkness with painstaking skill. Check out the rest of his considerable oeuvre.” — Amazon/Kindle Vella Reviewer
“A brilliant work of crime fiction...highly recommended for its taut pacing, solid characters, and gripping plot.” — Readers' Favorite
“Phillips gets better with each book, using crime as a vehicle to penetrate the depths of the human soul…” —Travis Richardson, Derringer winner and author of Bloodshot & Bruised