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Criminal Paradise

Criminal Paradise by Steven M. Thomas
Mass Market Paperback
Mar 24, 2009 | 288 Pages
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Criminal Paradise is one hell of a story. Robert Rivers is a superb character: the wry voice, so full of compassion and weary knowledge; women would kill for this guy. The style is truly like Elmore Leonard. Send me anything Steven M. Thomas writes; he’s the rare and real deal.”
–Ken Bruen, author of The Guards

“Dark, violent, twisted, yet with a heartwarming understanding of an intelligent criminal mind–Thomas snags you from the robbery on page 1, convincing you that felony is a regular day job, and defining greed as a man’s deserved dreams.”—Vicki Hendricks, author of Cruel Poetry

“Both Steven M. Thomas and his case-hardened but humane thief Rob Rivers make striking debuts in this suspenseful slice of Southern California noir. The plot is the kind of gritty tale James M. Cain would have admired. And the hard-boiled yet poetic descriptions of Orange County flora, fauna, and criminal depravity read as if Raymond Chandler had somehow reemerged and moved his action a little to the south.”—Dick Lochte, author of Sleeping Dog

“A powerful 4.5 liter, fuel-injected V8 Cadillac Sedan DeVille of a novel. And with Steven Thomas behind the wheel, it’s an absolute joyride.”—Martin J. Smith, author of Time Release

“Thomas combines moments of genuine writerly grace with an attractively seedy locale and a number of memorably creepy characters. . . . Many crime fans will enjoy this one; here’s hoping Rivers returns to the scene of another crime.”—Booklist

“Stylish . . . with its witty narrator . . . and vividly described Southern California setting.”—Chicago Tribune

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