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TENDERLOIN: A Sleeper Hayes Novel ~Court Haslett

Monday, May 29th, 2017

TENDERLOIN is set in 1978 in San Francisco and is a fictional story that tells an actual crime story of that era.  Felt like I was reading ‘Dick Tracy’ books as it has a deft style that conveys a crime story with edginess and noir tendencies.  I could almost hear Garrison Keillor on the PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION reading this story as the P.I. ‘Guy Noir’, Although, it is not funny.  Great Tension!

The TENDERLOIN is a section of San Francisco and the buildings and bars mentioned in the story actually exist.  “Court Haslett has lived in SF for twenty years and conducted meticulous research in order to bring to life not only the gritty details and atmosphere of the TENDERLOIN, but all of 1970s SF.  He interviewed historians, former SF cops, the head of vice in the TENDERLIOIN during the 70s, and residents from that era.  The end result is a spot-on depiction of the iconic skid row culture of that time.” (Promotion material)

Do you remember the People’s Temple organized by the Reverend Jim Jones, who moved 900 of his followers to Guyana and plotted the Jonestown Massacre?  The group was founded in SF and had a building there.  Jim Jones had his fingers in a number of pots and added to the tumultuous, unruly, lawless time in the city’s history.  Lots of corruption going on and the mayor and the police departments were deeply involved.  A number of officials were murdered during this period.

Sleeper Hayes is the protagonist of the story and after the murder of a hooker and friend, whose sister was transported to Guyana, Hayes begins to unravel the mystery and the conspiracies taking place.  Boxing, music, poverty, and politics are a vital part of the story.  The pace is fast and the glimpses into SF’s history are captivating.

Meryl Zegarek Public Relations, INC. sent me a copy of this book for review.

“What a book TENDERLOIN is.  This is a startling debut and surely the dawning of what is going to be a major writer.  Just flat out delightful.”   – Ken Bruen

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“…his work has been short-listed for the Faulkner-Wisdom Award.”

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Coercion

TENDERLOIN: A Sleeper Hayes Novel ~Court Haslett

Monday, May 29th, 2017

TENDERLOIN is set in 1978 in San Francisco and is a fictional story that tells an actual crime story of that era.  Felt like I was reading ‘Dick Tracy’ books as it has a deft style that conveys a crime story with edginess and noir tendencies.  I could almost hear Garrison Keillor on the PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION reading this story as the P.I. ‘Guy Noir’, Although, it is not funny.  Great Tension!

The TENDERLOIN is a section of San Francisco and the buildings and bars mentioned in the story actually exist.  “Court Haslett has lived in SF for twenty years and conducted meticulous research in order to bring to life not only the gritty details and atmosphere of the TENDERLOIN, but all of 1970s SF.  He interviewed historians, former SF cops, the head of vice in the TENDERLIOIN during the 70s, and residents from that era.  The end result is a spot-on depiction of the iconic skid row culture of that time.” (Promotion material)

Do you remember the People’s Temple organized by the Reverend Jim Jones, who moved 900 of his followers to Guyana and plotted the Jonestown Massacre?  The group was founded in SF and had a building there.  Jim Jones had his fingers in a number of pots and added to the tumultuous, unruly, lawless time in the city’s history.  Lots of corruption going on and the mayor and the police departments were deeply involved.  A number of officials were murdered during this period.

Sleeper Hayes is the protagonist of the story and after the murder of a hooker and friend, whose sister was transported to Guyana, Hayes begins to unravel the mystery and the conspiracies taking place.  Boxing, music, poverty, and politics are a vital part of the story.  The pace is fast and the glimpses into SF’s history are captivating.

Meryl Zegarek Public Relations, INC. sent me a copy of this book for review: info@mzpr.com

“What a book TENDERLOIN is. This is a startling debut and surely the dawning of what is going to be a major writer. Just flat out delightful.” – Ken Bruen

Court Haslett Facebook
Court Haslett On Amazon

“…his work has been short-listed for the Faulkner-Wisdom Award.”

Related:
The Landgramm Affair
The Condor Song
Coercion

THE LANDGRAMM AFFAIR: A Novel of Politics, Crime, Literature and a Taste of Romance ~Wendy Marech

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

While reading THE LANDGRAMM AFFAIR, I was constantly reminded of Rupert Murdoch, the Koch Brothers and Michael Powell.  Those were all big names of wealthy folks trying to control media around the world and of course, Powell was the FCC commissioner working to deregulate the rules of the commission. All people hungry for control and power.


Landgramm is a large fictional German Corporation which is now controlled by one man, who had a huge hold on the world of Plastics.  The sole owner of the corporation could see that plastics were doomed and began seeing that the power was shifting to media and controlling information, so he began purchasing into these areas, while inflating the markets so that they could get top dollar when they sold the plastics businesses.  The primary character Mia James is an editor in a small publishing house which has just been purchased by the Landgramm Group.  Her whole world is turned around and instead of good writing and story; they are now into celebrity, tell all books, and big selling properties.

THE LANDGRAMM AFFAIR is much more interesting than living through the events of the parallel figures in this story.  Money is still the most important factor and keeping the public uninformed and out of the loop so that the most control can be achieved.  The strategies; cover ups, and the misinformation creates a very stimulating read.  The reader is constantly wondering how they might have been duped by these words and the media that they count on for understanding.   And then the murders begin!

It is very hard to tell who the good guys are and who is law enforcement and who is actually pulling the strings and making all these different facets emerge as a powerful whole?   The story would be much easier to understand if you started at the end and unraveled, instead the reader must knit it together from the casting on of the first character.  Great plot twists!

I so enjoyed Mia’s book group meetings interpreting their group reads and their quotes, discoveries, and findings added dimensions of knowledge for Mia to interpret into her new life.   Actually, there were so many characters in this book, I started to keep a note card to keep them straight and free up the minor players from the read.  Yet again, some of those bit players were very helpful to keep the story moving forward and the reader wondering.

Mia James is a quick and smart problem-solver; I think you will enjoy her character very much.

The writer kept everything moving and emotionally energy high, I liked that THE LANDGRAMM AFFAIR was about the world of publishing and media; it was a great study of all that has been happening in our rapidly changing world and a warning about the undercurrents of politics working only for the corporations.  The manipulation and the lies, of course, added a steamy quality.  The little romance made it nearly the perfect read.   What distracts you?

Chuck Loesner of Marloe Press sent me a copy of the book for review.  It was a great read – THE LANDGRAMM AFFAIR

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“I started out in Hollywood, which is a good place to learn a thing or two about storytelling. When I realized I couldn’t live without snow, I moved back to New York, where I worked on books for HarperCollins and Penguin Press. Somewhere in there I also wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column and a handful of freelance articles. In my free time, which is limited, I like to walk around Prospect Park and daydream.”

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