Damn you, Fitzstephen! You’ve done it again!
It may not be a detective novel, or even a mystery, really, but it’s a heady brew all the same; a ballsy, carefully assembled and psychologically sharp read that tears into the guts of what it’s like to be young, scared and not sure where you’re going. Or where exactly you’ve been.
If you’re a Hammett fan, you’re going to love this.
— The Thrilling Detective website
“In this brilliant imagining by Gordon McAlpine… Prepare to have your mind blown!” — Leslie S. Klinger, editor of the Edgar Award-winning New Annotated Sherlock Holmes
“… McAlpine has skillfully melded the mood of rage at Japanese treachery and bits of Hammett-era noir with the sensibilities of metafiction and postmodernism into a truly original crime novel.” — Booklist
“[An] imaginative mashup of meta-mystery with meta-biography…. Fans of Hammett and noir ought to enjoy requisite shocks of recognition.”