A tale originally serialized in Playboy is a darkly comic tribute to the American crime novel and is set in Bakersfield, California, where an assortment of unscrupulous characters engages in a cat-and-mouse game over a multimillion-dollar claim. By the National Book Award-winning author of Tree of Smoke. Simultaneous.
"With its crackling dialogue and mercilessly bleak worldview, this stark and darkly funny chronicle of a four-way race to the bottom is a testament to Johnson's sublime sympathy for lowlifes." (starred review)
Publishers Weekly, 01/12/2009
"Readers won't know who will win...indeed, they may not even know who they're rooting for. But getting there is all the fun, with dry dialogue and surprising turns of phrase all adding up to something that seems both fresh and inevitable."
Keir Graff, Booklist Upfront, 02/15/2009