In this collection you’ll encounter starry-eyed sinners, street corner revolutionaries, Hollywood hustlers, over-heated politicians, rightwing assholes, a ghost or two, cavorting cops, architects with issues, and a little old lady with a popgun—all out to make their mark in the city of dreams and despair.

In this collection you’ll encounter starry-eyed sinners, street corner revolutionaries, Hollywood hustlers, over-heated politicians, rightwing assholes, a ghost or two, cavorting cops, architects with issues, and a little old lady with a popgun—all out to make their mark in the city of dreams and despair.

Monkology: 15 Stories from the World of Private Eye Ivan Monk

by Gary Phillips

In this collection you’ll encounter starry-eyed sinners, street corner revolutionaries, Hollywood hustlers, over-heated politicians, rightwing assholes, a ghost or two, cavorting cops, architects with issues, and a little old lady with a popgun—all out to make their mark in the city of dreams and despair.

 

Rare Bird Books, A Barnacle Book
Paperback, 2012: 9780983885719
US $18.00 | Mystery

Firmly rooted in the hard-boiled tradition…Monk displays something of Robert Parker’s Spenser and the racial awareness of Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins. Monk has a toughness all his own, however, and a noir sensibility shines brightly in stories like ‘Lowball’ and ‘The Raiders.’
Publishers Weekly

Son of a mechanic and a librarian, Gary Phillips draws on his experiences ranging from inner city community organizer, to state director of a political action committee, to delivering dog cages in writing his tales of chicanery and malfeasance. 

L.A. native Gary Phillips is the real deal, and his Ivan Monk stories are both hard-boiled and melancholy, much like Los Angeles herself. Gritty, tough, cool and yet nostalgic, this stroll through black L.A. is a blast of jazzy, bluesy noir prose.
Denise Hamilton, author of Damage Control, and editor of the Edgar-winning Los Angeles Noir
 

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