News & A Review: MIKE MONSON


OUT NOW: Mike Monson’s debut full-length novel, Tussinland, from All Due Respect Books. Monson is one of the best down-and-dirty Noir writers going.

Addicted to cough syrup, television and Sugar Frosted Flakes, Paul Dunn is living in a state of torpor while staying at his mother’s house after the humiliating ending of his third marriage. His inertia is broken when he becomes the chief suspect in the murders of his soon-to-be ex-wife and her new lover. Set in the town of Modesto, deep in California’s Central Valley, Tussinland is about sex drugs, addiction, smart phones, Facebook and the internet, digital cable, anti-government militias, reality TV, fundamentalist homophobic Christians, families, 12-step groups, pornography, marriage, death, disease, and love. So noir it hurts.

“Tussinland is a fast trip to the dark side–a world of broken people and desperate dreams. It’s violent and propulsive, but in the end it’s also strangely–and surprisingly–touching.” — Jake Hinkson, author of Hell on Church Street and The Big Ugly

“Mike Monson is in elite company with Jason Starr and Les Edgerton as one of the best pure, unfiltered noir writers alive, and Tussinland is his best novel yet.” — Craig T. McNeely, editor of pulp fiction magazine Dark Corners


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Here’s my review of Monson’s novella, What Happens in Reno, also available on Amazon (along with The Scent of New Death and collection, Criminal Love and Other Stories):

“What Happens In Reno is a wicked page turner of a book, showcasing Monson’s no-nonsense prose style, dark sense of humor and ability to make you keep looking–even as your heart fills with dread. I won’t spoil it, but this novella also contains one of the most surreal and unnerving scenes I’ve ever read in a crime story.”


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