by Dan Stuart
Marlowe Billings returns to Tucson in the '90s to get clean and save a failing marriage. Staving off demons with countless rounds of golf, he stumbles into his hometown’s crime-ridden underbelly, where old friends and a brewing cartel war threaten his sobriety, his sanity, and his life.
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Here's what authors are saying about Marlowe’s Revenge:
"Marlowe's Revenge is sun-bleached desert noir at its finest. Violent, funny, weird, and 100% original. Count me a huge fan."
—Tod Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author of Gangsterland, Gangster Nation and Living Dead Girl
"I want to thank the El Tiradito shrine that Marlowe Billings rides again. Dan Stuart was in one of my favorite bands, Green on Red, and now has created Marlowe Billings my favorite golf loving, ex-junkie, trouble-collecting miscreant. With Marlowe’s Revenge, Dan Stuart proves once again he keeps getting better and better."
—Willy Vlautin, award-winning author of The Motel Life, Lean on Pete and The Night Always Comes
"With his latest literary effort, former Green on Red frontman Dan Stuart offers a pulp meditation of bad men doing bad things, the hopeless and hapless that surround them, and the cascading nature of addiction and regret. Marlowe’s Revenge is part murder mystery, part faded love story, part redemption tale (without much redemption). Beautiful, twisted, and real – this is high desert poetry about low people. As a memoirist and noirist, Stuart continues to be a goddamn revelation."
—Bob Mehr, New York Times bestselling author of Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements
"In Marlowe’s Revenge, Dan Stuart provides us multilayered characters who walk familiar and coveted sites in their search for reckoning with the city’s past, and their own. Their interwoven worlds and lives are both thrilling and fascinating."
—Lydia R. Otero, author of La Calle: Spatial Conflicts and Urban Renewal in a Southwest City and In the Shadows of the Freeway, Growing Up Brown & Queer
"Finally, Tucson gets the neo-noir novel it deserves: gritty, romantic, broken-hearted, and surprisingly funny."
—Stacey Richter, award-winning author of short story collections My Date with Satan and Twin Study
"Marlowe's Revenge is top rate screwball noir, a finger clicking mix of guns, drugs, golf and rock & roll. Think Carl Hiassen, Dave Barry and Laurence Shames, with a little Charles Willeford on the side. Hip, hardboiled and hilarious."
—Allan Jones, author and former editor of Melody Maker and UNCUT Magazine
"A merciless, funny and reluctantly empathetic novel that places Dan Stuart’s dusty lower Arizona on some fractured literary roadmap between Jim Thompson’s West Texas to James Ellroy’s Los Angeles. Plus, golf. And a sinking rock & roll star."
—Brian Jabas Smith, author of novel-in-stories Spent Saints and Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera
Written in the shadow of the Ford Empire, Poolside at the Dearborn Inn touches on everything that tangled history connotes: labor battles, cars, ecological peril, and the inexorable strength of the human spirit. Freeman uses the lyric to annotate his world with an eye toward preserving the natural treasures of The Great Lakes Basin.
We are very pleased that Poolside at the Dearborn Inn was included on the "What Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2022" list on the Emerging Writers Network.
Poolside at the Dearborn Inn
by Cal Freeman
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