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The Big Both Ways
By (author): John Straley
9781641291576 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled Dec 03, 2019
$9.99 CAD
Active 4.98 x 7.53 x 0.95 in 368 pages Soho Press Soho Crime
Alaska, 1935: Slippery Wilson is on his way out of town when he runs into a woman, her neice, and a crashed car. His life is about to get a lot more complicated.
It’s 1935 and jobs are scarce, but Slippery Wilson walks off his job at a logging camp after a gruesome accident kills a coworker. He’s headed for Seattle with all his savings; he plans to buy a piece of farmland and be his own boss.
When he stops to help a woman get her car out of a ditch, his life takes a serious detour. The woman is Ellie Hobbs, an anarchist from the docks of Seattle who watches out for her young niece and dreams of flying planes. But right now, she’s got one busted nose and has just stuffed a dead man’s body into the trunk of her car. So begins the action that will take Slip, Ellie, her niece, and her noisy yellow bird on a heart-stopping adventure up the Inside Passage from Puget Sound to Alaska

Story Locale: Alaska, 1935

Series Overview: This series span generations and time periods, centering not on a single character, but on the town of Cold Storage, AK, and its many quirky inhabitants, and their criminal tendencies.

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.

The youngest of five children, John Straley was born in Redwood City, California, in 1953. He received a BA in English from the University of Washington and, at the urging of his parents, a certificate of completion in horse shoeing. John never saw himself living in Alaska (where there are no horses left to shoe), but when his wife, Jan, a prominent whale biologist, announced she was taking a job in Sitka, the two headed north and never left. John worked for thirty years as a criminal defense investigator in Sitka, and many of the characters that fill his books were inspired by his work. Now retired, he lives with his wife in a bright green house on the beach and writes in his weather-tight office overlooking Old Sitka Rocks. The former Writer Laureate of Alaska, he is the author of ten novels.

Author Residence: Sitka, Alaska

Author Hometown: Sitka, Alaska

Marketing: Trade advertising alongside other Cold Storage, Alaska books, including the frontlist hardcover.

Promotion of author and series as featured item (with robust digital advertising) on our new vertical site:

Promotion through the Soho site, Crime newsletter, Soho Crime bookclub, Facebook and Twitter.

Outreach to independent bookstores, with particular focus on Mystery specialty stores

Free excerpts on

Publicity: The repackaging of the Cold Storage, Alaska series, culminating with the publication of the new front list hardcover, will create interest in series-wide appraisals and coverage. Complete sets will be made available to all media seeking comprehensive coverage.

Praise for The Big Both Ways

“A thrilling journey…sure-footed and deeply evocative.”
Seattle Times

“Moving…and utterly absorbing.”
Denver Post

“[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.“
Chicago Tribune

”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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