Underkill: An Allen Choice Novel

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Edgy and as engrossing as Leonard Chang’s acclaimed debut crime novel Over the Shoulder, Underkill finds Korean American investigator Allen Choice on a case that becomes as much a personal journey as an exploration of murder and its harrowing consequences.

Two years have passed since Allen examined his late partner's death in San Francisco, which eventually exposed secrets about the death of Allen's immigrant father twenty years earlier, with the help of journalist and girlfriend Linda Maldonado. Now Allen follows Linda down to Los Angeles—and into the unfamiliar world of illegal raves and small-time drug dealers—to uncover the details of her brother's unexpected and suspicious death, hoping to repair their deteriorating relationship and aiding her as she once helped him.

Underkill is a dark and riveting look at the mysteries of families and relationships, and delves deeply into Allen’s complicated interior life. With Allen Choice in this new series, Chang is skillfully creating an unforgettable and unique character in the world of noir.

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"Underkill is a very fine novel and Leonard Chang grows more impressive with each book. I thought Over the Shoulder was a stand out and now Allen Choice is back in a story even more stirring and absorbing. The key is character. Chang works like a painter, carefully brushing strokes of truth and depth on all of his characters. This portrait is a winner."
--Michael Connelly

"Leonard Chang writes beautifully about the wounds of his characters and the wounds of society as a whole. Putting one in mind of Steve Hamilton, S. J. Rozan and Dennis Lehane, he may well be the next big name in crime fiction."
--James Sallis, author of the Lew Griffin novels

"Since his first fine book, which showed him to be a fully accomplished writer, Leonard Chang has been developing his range and has given the reader, in the character of Allen Choice, a fully-developed yet fallible hero. Once encountered, Choice, his girlfriend Linda Maldonado, and their complex adventures will absorb the reader and-one hopes-ensure yet another tale of this caliber in the future, and another, and another."
--Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler's List

About the Author:

Leonard Chang was born in New York City and studied philosophy at Dartmouth College and Harvard University. He received his MFA from the University of California at Irvine, and is the author of three previous novels: The Fruit ’N Food, Dispatches from the Cold, and Over the Shoulder. He was recently the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College and is on the faculty at Antioch University’s MFA Program in Los Angeles. His short stories have been published in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner and Confluence. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is working on a new Allen Choice novel.

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