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Sep 19, 2023 | ISBN 9781639105694

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Praise for Viper’s Dream:
“[A] moody noir . . . Lamar’s primary strength is his sense of place.”
The New York Times

“[A] taut saga . . . Hard not to wolf down in a single sitting.”
Publishers Weekly

“[A] gorgeous portrayal of that “sweet b—h Harlem” over three dark, vibrant decades.”
The Telegraph

“[A] hard-boiled plot . . . lovingly recreated.”
The Times of London

“Superb period thriller that’s up there with the great US crime writer Chester Himes.”
The Sun

“With its African-American gangster anti-hero, Viper’s Dream is reminiscent of Ray Celestin’s jazz-oriented thrillers and similarly introduces real jazz greats into a fascinating mélange.”
Financial Times

“Fun, fast-moving and full of unforgettable characters, Viper’s Dream is a fiercely captivating novel that you’ll never want to wake up from. The best novels are transporting, and Jake Lamar’s latest does exactly that: bringing you into the electrifying, mid-century Harlem clubs where the smoke is dense, the jazz is loud, and the night is young. With love, ambition, and fate as the novel’s main chords, Lamar conjures a controlled chaos only achievable by a master of his craft, just like the jazz greats. What a trip!”
—Mateo Askaripour, New York Times bestselling author of Black Buck

“Dark poetics, magical prose and meticulous storytelling—Viper’s Dream is way more than a crime novel. It is an intriguing seduction. A revelation.”
—Stephen Mack Jones, author of the August Snow thriller series

“Laced with a stiff shot of politics, romance and jazz, Viper’s Dream is moody, poetic and immersing.”
—Deborah Levy, author of Swimming Home and Real Estate

Praise for Jake Lamar:
“A fearless young talent to keep your eye on.”
Entertainment Weekly

“[Lamar’s] unique storytelling makes for a lively read.”
People Magazine, on Ghosts of Saint-Michel

“Resonates with the time-honored search for truth.”
New York Times

“Lamar is a skilled tactician….The situations and relationships are believable and sharp.”
The Washington Post on Close to the Bone

“Whether writing fiction or nonfiction, Lamar cuts through the controversies surrounding the African American experience.”
Library Journal

“Lamar is, indisputably, one of the master writers of his generation.”
—Kevin Powell, Editor, Step Into A World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature

“A page-turner of a murder mystery with a clear, breezy style. The book is also a wicked black comedy in both senses of the phrase—it’s both caustically funny and a shrewd take on racial politics.”
The New York Times, on If 6 Were 9

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