The White Van (Paperback)Patrick Hoffman (author)
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Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
At a dive bar in San Francisco's edgy Tenderloin district, the dishevelled Emily Rosario is drinking whiskey and looking for an escape. When she is approached by a mysterious and wealthy Russian, she thinks she has found an exit from her drifter lifestyle and drug-addict boyfriend. A week later she finds herself drugged, disoriented and wanted for robbery.
On the other side of town, cop Leo Elias is broke, alcoholic and desperate. When he hears about an unsolved bank robbery, the stolen money proves too strong a temptation. Elias takes the case into his own hands, hoping to find the criminal and the money before anyone else does.
With sharply drawn characters and twists that surprise until the end, The White Van introduces a strong new talent.
Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 346 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 19 mm
Exhilarating crime debut... Hoffman's crime plot doesn't just thicken, it boils with surprise after surprise and suspense as tight as a noose. * San Francisco Chronicle *
The White Van, with its quick and scary turns, provides a hell of a ride; the action never stops - even after the final page. * Wall Street Journal *
A nifty bit of noir set in the mean streets of San Francisco... a juicily dark thriller. * Weekend Sport *
A heist propels Hoffman's outstanding first novel... Hoffman, who spent years working as a PI in San Francisco, writes with great authority about the city's seamy side and the grim realities of life for its down-on-their-luck denizens. * Publishers Weekly (starred review) *
My favourite debut of 2015 so far... His careful, pared-down prose is a delight... The White Van is a caperish delight, channelling Elmore Leonard and Donald Westlake to exhilarating and unexpected effect. -- John O'Connell * Guardian *
Stuffed with truly shocking twists. * Entertainment Weekly *
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