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Feb 06, 2024 | ISBN 9781685891114

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A Mystery Tribune 32 Best Crime, Mystery and Thriller Books: February 2024
An Apple Debut Pick February
An Amazon Editors Best of Month in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of 2024
A Kirkus Most Anticipated Books of 2024

“Can there ever be restitution for the harm done to generations of Black people in America? Jahmal Mayfield, in his debut novel, takes this question to a provocative extreme.” – The New York Times

“Fearless writers like Mayfield are a good sign that the truth will remain… A THRILLING LOOK AT VIGILANTE JUSTICE” The Washington Post

“Provocative… Mayfield examines the issue of prejudice and justice from all sides… (a) chilling debut thriller.” — LA Times

“In Mayfield’s self-assured & righteously furious debut…tough, muscular prose infuses the novel with a beautiful darkness as the characters struggle in ways that will hopefully have the reader thinking too.” — CrimeReads

“[A] powerful debut…propulsive narrative, lucid prose, breakneck pacing, and confident handling of controversial subject matter make him a writer to watch.” — Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

“A bravura debut … A provocative, page-turning treatment of racism in America … rarely captured as powerfully or affectingly as it is here.” Kirkus, STARRED Review

“A compelling and exciting debut” — FirstClue

“As this gut-clenching story concludes there is an incendiary convergence that will leave readers gasping. And that isn’t all, Mayfield closes the book with an ending that had such a twist I had to double check to make sure I hadn’t put on my underwear backwards. This book is that good.” – Dayton Daily News

“[A] promising debut… The plot accelerates, shifting from the initial pointed framing of the racial and historical contexts towards increasingly fierce action… Mayfield’s not a writer interested in making things seem simpler than they are, and that is essential to the power of this memorable novel.” — The Irish Times

“Jahmal Mayfield’s Smoke Kings brings a fresh and fierce new voice to crime fiction. Smoke Kings is a stunning book that takes the reader on an intense and harrowing journey that is truly unforgettable. Consider me a big fan.” — Don Winslow, New York Times Bestselling author of City on Fire

“Fearless, soulful, and timely. Smoke Kings is a gripping revenge thriller and sly social commentary all rolled into one. Everyone needs to read this book!” — Steve Hamilton, Edgar Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of The Second Life of Nick Mason

“With this searing debut, Jahmal Mayfield ups the ante on the vigilante novel. But beyond the heartbreak and righteous fury, SMOKE KINGS holds up a mirror to America’s soul — and you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t flinch at what is reflected back. I can’t wait to read what Jahmal writes next.” – Duane Swierczynski, author of California Bear

“As tightly plotted as the best thriller, the true power of Smoke Kings lies in its pointed, nuanced rage. Rage at an America that steadfastly refuses to acknowledge – much less address – the brutal treatment of its earliest Black inhabitants, and how that refusal and its attendant violence echoes throughout the centuries to right now, today, this moment. With Mayfield’s fearless, incandescent prose, I was hooked from page one.” — Keith Rosson, author of Fever House

“To say Smoke Kings is insightful and topical are understatements. To say this searing novel could have been written fifty years ago or twenty years from now says a lot about our country and the deft storytelling of Jahmal Mayfield.”  — Gary Phillips, author of One-Shot Harry

“Jahmal Mayfield roars to the top of the writer-to-watch list with this sizzling debut. Smoke Kings is straight fire. Every page simmers with an undercurrent of rage, each line a hard dose of smoldering truth. I can’t wait to see what Mayfield does next.” Eli Cranor, Edgar Award Winning Novelist of Don’t Know Tough

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