PASSPORT TO CRIME: The first-in-series gets the reissued Passport treatment: $9.99!
UNCONVENTIONAL SERIES: The Cold Storage, Alaska Novels are not your typical crime series. Instead of one central character, the series connector is that of the fictional town itself, and its many quirky inhabitants and their many criminal entaglements.
PUBLICATION SCHEDULE: An Alaska-based book in December? Perfect. Set two months before the publication of the new series hardcover (WHAT IS TIME TO A PIG?, February 2020)? Even better.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM: Author is praised for his lyrical prose and hard-living characters.
Praise for The Big Both Ways
“A thrilling journey…sure-footed and deeply evocative.”
“Moving…and utterly absorbing.”
“[A] gripping tale of survival, betrayal and murder set in the Pacific Northwest in 1935…Straley’s beautifully understated narrative, vivid sense of place and unapologetic, unadorned characters make this a riveting, unpredictable ride.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Reviews
“Straley hits all the right notes here: vividly detailed scenes evoking the clash between emerging trade unions and more radical advocates of revolution, as well as almost Dickensian vignettes of the working conditions in the canneries and on the waterfronts of the Northwest, meld perfectly with a Jack London–like, man-versus-nature story in which two adults, one child, and one bird, huddled together in a very small boat, attempt to stay afloat and move ever northward.”
—Booklist, Starred Review
”A rousing good read.“
—Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Praise for John Straley
“Lesser writers look to their characters’ poor choices and attempts to rectify them, John Straley loves his characters for just those choices. Hölderlin wrote: ’Poetically man dwells on the earth.’ Some of us wind up in limericks, some in heroic couplets. But damned near every one of us, sooner or later, ends up in one of Straley’s wise, wayward, wonderfully unhinged novels.”
—James Sallis, author of Drive and the Lew Griffin mysteries
“Like the Coen brothers on literary speed, John Straley is among the very best stylists of his generation.”
—Ken Bruen, Shamus Award winning author of The Guard
”Chandler, Ross Macdonald, James Crumley…Straley proves once again that he is up there with the great ones…His prose is as smooth as a well-tuned cello. He has tremendous feeling for the setting: not only the open waters and frosted countryside outside of Sitka and Juneau, but also the somewhat seedy streets of these cities.“
”Superior thriller writing, once again by Straley—an excellent plot against Alaska’s gigantic and bizarre backdrop.“
—Janwillem van de Wetering
”Now and then a writer dares to flout the rules and in so doing, carves out a niche that belongs to him alone. John Straley’s novels are like no others.“
—San Diego Tribune
”Like James Lee Burke, Straley transcends the genre…Marvelous.“
—The Tampa Tribune and Times
”Straley’s beautifully understated narrative, vivid sense of place and unapologetic, unadorned characters make this a riveting, unpredictable ride.“
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
”Outstanding…satisfies on all levels.“
—The Kansas City Star
”Strong and sobering…with his storyteller’s sense of dramatic action [Straley’s] in his glory.“
—The New York Times Book Review
”Straley hits all the right notes"
—Booklist, Starred Review
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