Ash Dark as Night

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Soho Crime
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5.59 X 8.43 X 1.18 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author
Gary Phillips has published novels, comics, novellas, short stories and edited or co-edited several anthologies, including the Anthony-winning The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir. Almost thirty years after its publication, his debut, Violent Spring, was named one of the essential crime novels of Los Angeles. He was also a writer and co-producer on Snowfall, a show streaming on Hulu about crack and the CIA in 1980s South Central, where he grew up.
Praise for Ash Dark as Night

"Excellent . . . Phillips' descriptions of the utter conflagration that was Watts as well as the mysterious fictional events that follow capture the spirit of the social and political upheaval of 1960s Los Angeles with a veracity that chilled me."
--Paula Woods, Los Angeles Times

"[Phillips] has evoked this milieu in many sharply rendered novels over the past three decades. Ash Dark as Night shows him at the top of his game."
--Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

"Outstanding . . . Phillips folds real historical figures, including TV journalist Louis Lomax, and events into a complex narrative of shifting alliances that captures the urgency and volatility of the mid-'60s. The results rank with the best of Walter Mosley in the canon of Los Angeles noir."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Like Walter Mosley, his obvious model, Phillips is less interested in telling a story than evoking a world--and what a world!"
--Kirkus Reviews

"Hardboiled, gritty, and fresh, Phillips's latest is for fans of action/detective stories."
--Library Journal

Praise for Gary Phillips

"Phillips is a storyteller first . . . The wounds of 1963, and the foreshadowing of both better days and harsher ones, feel unnervingly fresh, and a reminder that progress, much as we wish otherwise, never adheres to a linear timeline."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Phillips takes readers deep into another world and time: its jokes, home furnishings, baloney-meatloaf-and-hot-dog-heavy meals; its hateful slurs, 'invisible' racial boundaries and cautiously hopeful possibilities."
--The Washington Post

"Propulsive . . . One-Shot Harry crackles with authenticity, and its resilient hero seems resourceful and tough enough to propel any number of sequels."
--The Wall Street Journal

"For thirty years Phillips has been a must-read writer, and One-Shot Harry is probably his best ever--tense and suspenseful, of course, but also deep, resonant and intelligent. It's a story that needed to be told, and therefore a book that needs to be read."
--Lee Child

"In the tradition of Dashiell Hammett . . . Makes us feel that the war he's waging is for our own salvation."
--Walter Mosley, author of the Easy Rawlins series

"Gary Phillips is my kind of crime writer."
--Sara Paretsky, New York Times bestselling author

"Gary Phillips writes tough and gritty parables about life and death on the mean streets . . . his is a voice that should be heard and celebrated."
--Michael Connelly, author of Void Moon and Angels Flight