Every Man a Menace


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Atlantic Monthly Press
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5.8 X 1.1 X 8.3 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Patrick Hoffman is a writer and private investigator based in Brooklyn. His first novel, The White Van, was a finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and was named a Wall Street Journal best book of the year. He was born in San Francisco and worked there as an investigator, both privately and at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office.


Praise for Every Man a Menace

A Wall Street Journal best mystery of 2016

Strand Magazine's #1 best book of 2016
A Buzz Books pick for fall/winter 2016
An iBooks Best Book of October

"Criminal fools populate the drug-selling networks from San Francisco to Bangkok to Miami in Patrick Hoffman's astonishing, violent novel . . . filled with sharply drawn characters . . . A mind-bending, attention-demanding narrative as full of shocks and surprises as an LSD party."--Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

"Every Man a Menace is everything you could want in a thriller--lightning pace, dead-on dialogue, and a twisting, high-torque plot. But, most of all, this novel is smart and authentic, a welcome jolt at a time when so much fiction reads like it rolled off an assembly line."--Carl Hiaasen

"Subtle characterization, tricky narrative switchbacks . . . vivid, moody prose . . . closer to Denis Johnson than to Elmore Leonard."--Lorin Stein, Paris Review Daily

"This scorching novel takes us to the heart of a multibillion dollar transglobal business we only glimpse in bloody headlines. Fast, terrifying, and at times beautiful, Every Man a Menace is that most unusual thing: a deeply original and frightening crime novel."--Denise Mina, author of Blood, Salt, Water

"With style and intrigue, Patrick Hoffman's Every Man a Menace proves that his top-flight debut San Francisco crime novel, The White Van, was no fluke . . . Set largely in San Francisco, Miami and Bangkok, Every Man a Menace vibrates with punchy prose reminiscent of authors like Dashiell Hammett, Elmore Leonard and John Burdett, who made those cities their own . . . An edgy, crisp, compulsive portrait of the merciless players in the international Ecstasy trade."--Shelf Awareness

"When chaos surrounds us in real life, even fictional chaos offers a much needed escape for the tired, despairing reader. And when you're guided on a tour of dark doings and double dealings by the likes of Patrick Hoffman, the jolts are all the more electric and the windows into secret places resonate all the more . . . For plot, imagine a younger, edgier Elmore Leonard, a pinch of Pulp Fiction and a dose of Traffic . . . Crime fiction thrives on fresh voices above all, and Hoffman is one of the freshest out there at the moment. I can't wait to see what secret world he lets us in on next."--Sarah Weinman, Book of the Month

"Cool and laconic, echoing vintage Elmore Leonard, the early scenes in Patrick Hoffman's new novel, Every Man a Menace, radiate tension. A complex trap is being set--you can almost hear the pulling back of the spring--and around it Hoffman will construct an intricate fretwork of betrayal, blackmail, murder, and retail economics . . . Hoffman is an infernally clever writer . . . Hoffman's puzzles are more human than mechanical. His characters are too complex and his scenes too immediate and engrossing to be diminished by intrigue."--Barnes & Noble Review

"[A] haunting transcontinental tale of bad deeds and hard deaths . . . The first paragraph should be cut out and framed as an example of how a narrative is baited, cast and irrevocably hooked . . . Patrick Hoffman is a master storyteller. He breaks a number of conventional rules of the craft, but does so gently and always with good purpose. Every Man a Menace is one of those books that you read and wish would go on and on and on. Indeed, the conclusion leaves a thread hanging . . . It just does not get any better than this."--Bookreporter

"Every Man a Menace reveals an isolated act of violence to be a shift in the fragile balance of a complex chain of alliances built to bring the drug Molly into existence and transport it from Bangkok across the world to Miami and San Francisco. Caught in the narrative's sharp focus is the whole network of greedy, scared, frightening, and fascinating characters. Whatever you're reading right now, put it down and read this book first."--Thomas Perry, New York Times bestselling author of Forty Thieves

"Few authors capture the global realities of drug smuggling as Hoffman does in this remarkable novel--the logistics, the tensions, and the inevitable replaceability of all links in the chain. Every Man a Menace is a stunner, an absolute masterclass in plotting, detail, and consequences. It's worth every second of your time."--Ryan Gattis, author of All Involved

"[Every Man a Menace] is distinguished by its virtuoso set pieces . . . a nasty tour de force . . . Hoffman's follow-up to The White Van is another strong and original addition to the crime fiction genre."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Patrick Hoffman writes vivid and colourful prose, in a style that has Hollywood movie written all over it . . . An exciting read."--Toronto Star

"Every Man a Menace is impossible to put down . . . Hoffman writes with a burning urgency, but he also takes the time to develop haunting characters with interior lives and doomed pasts. We burned through this vicious pageturner in two nights."--iBooks, "25 Best Books of October"

"Darkly entertaining . . . For readers who love crime fiction that keeps them up all night, this book is absolutely perfect."--Bookish, Best Reads of Fall 2016, Mysteries and Thrillers

"With debts to vintage Elmore Leonard and Donald E. Westlake, and a hat tip to the George Pelecanos of Shoedog, Patrick Hoffman's intricate, hallucinatory second novel is a thrill ride of noir pleasures."--Irish Times

"A highly entertaining high-octane and exceptionally violent Donald Westlake-like crime caper told with real verve and wit."--Irish Independent