I read this book in one sitting. A really unique but hauntingly familiar look at life in LA especially if you have lived or worked on the West Side as I have. Each character is a metaphor of certain aspects & experiences of my younger days. Overall very well done and looking forward to more from Mr Hailey. And I’ve recommended the book to my grown children! – Amazon Review
2020 ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARDS GRAND PRIZE SHORTLIST
2020 ERIC HOFFER FICTION AWARDS WINNER
“Literary crime fiction doesn’t get any better than this.” – Readers’ Favorite
An artist is murdered. We know who did it. But why?
From award-winning author Harlin Hailey comes this ripped-from-the-headlines tale of desperation, depravity, and murder.
The year is 2012. Set in Los Angeles in the post-Great Recession years, a motley crew of unemployed characters is brought together by self-loathing, boredom and defeat. Facing hard times and no prospects, they gather in a run-down apartment to change their fates. But a destructive, nihilistic stranger has other ideas. Ideas that will change their lives forever.
Darkly funny, bittersweet and fiercely honest, this evocative hard-boiled whydunit captures the underground mood of those forgotten, and how far they’ll go once they’ve lost it all.
East of Lincoln is a poignant and unforgettable story of the dark heart of the American dream, and the enduring power of friendship.
For fans of L.A. noir, dirty-realism, James Ellroy, Bret Easton Ellis, Charles Bukowski, John Fante, Raymond Chandler, and Joan Didion.
CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE
About the Author
Harlin Hailey was born in New Orleans and educated at the University of Southern California. Free of vampires, shapeshifters, and werewolves, he writes contemporary adult fiction set in sunny climes. Humor and satire, realistic dialogue, and music and pop culture references often characterize his work. In another life, he has pounded the pavement for corporate America, guest DJ’d on the “World Famous” KROQ radio station, and dabbled in the exciting field of no-money-down real estate. His latest release, East of Lincoln, a literary crime novel set in Los Angeles, was shortlisted for the Grand Prize, and a winner in the Fiction category in the prestigious Eric Hoffer Book Awards.
After escaping L.A., he now lives in a quiet California town on the edge of the desert. To find out about his upcoming new releases, you can contact him at email@example.com.