In Venice, California, the sun always shines, but that’s not much help if you’re a homeless drunk like James Murphy, a man with a past of shattered dreams and empty bottles. Murphy’s life in the gutter was bad enough, but now bad gets worse. Murphy has one week to solve a cold-case murder that has police detectives stumped, or else his best friend dies. Inspired by Chandler, Steinbeck, and Quentin Tarantino, THE LONG DRUNK is a darkly comic crime/detective saga filled with sex, violence, booze, and plenty of foul street talk. Hard-boiled, heartbreaking, and gritty as hell, it thoroughly immerses the reader in the squalid yet resourceful underworld of the down-and-out. By juxtaposing the cruel realities of life on the street with the obscene wealth of the Hollywood elite, Eric Coyote creates an ultra noir masterpiece for the ages. THE LONG DRUNK, named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012, will leave you crying, laughing, and begging for more.
“An unshakable noir with a protagonist learning along the way… a rewarding story of a man’s unconditional love for his faithful companion.” — Kirkus Reviews
Targeted Age Group: Adults
Book Price: $0.99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
If you like ‘The Big Sleep,’ you’ll love ‘The Long Drunk.’ Every author who writes a detective novel set in Los Angeles inevitably gets compared to Chandler. None measure up. I do. I’ve literally walked over ten thousand miles in L.A., exploring the city from a vantage point you’ll never see from the comfort of your car. That worldview can’t be faked.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Great art should be polarizing. If you’re not pissing people off, you’re doing something wrong.
Author Eric Coyote currently lives in Venice, California, with two cats and his dog Pickle. The Long Drunk, named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012, is his first novel.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
‘The Long Drunk’ is my attempt to reinvigorate a tired, cliched genre that’s been ruined by a million formulaic books and TV shows like the CSI franchise. I want to shock readers out of their complacency of expectation and make novels exciting and, dare I say, dangerous again.