The Wall Street Journal - 10 best books of the year
"Patrick Hoffman's astonishing, violent novel... [is] an attention-demanding, mind-bending narrative as full of shocks and surprises as an LSD party."
- Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
I expected to find a bunch of believable lowlifes killing each other, believably, over a large shipment of drugs. I was not expecting–wasn't demanding–subtle characterization, tricky narrative switchbacks, or vivid, moody prose. When Hoffman takes off his detecting hat, he's closer to Denis Johnson than Elmore Leonard."
-Lorin Stein, The Paris Review
“Every Man a Menace is everything you could want in a thriller—lightning pace, dead-on dialogue, and a twisting, high-torque plot. But, most of all, this novel is smart and authentic, a welcome jolt at a time when so much fiction reads like it rolled off an assembly line.”
- CARL HIAASEN, AUTHOR OF RAZOR GIRL
"Whatever you're reading right now, put it down and read this book first.”
- THOMAS PERRY, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FORTY THIEVES
"Fast, terrifying and at times beautiful, Every Man A Menace is that most unusual thing: a deeply original and frightening crime novel.”
- DENISE MINA, AUTHOR OF BLOOD, SALT, WATER
"Every Man a Menace is a stunner, an absolute masterclass in plotting, detail, and consequences. It’s worth every second of your time.”
-RYAN GATTIS, AUTHOR OF ALL INVOLVED
About the book
San Francisco is about to receive the biggest delivery of MDMA to hit the West Coast in years. Raymond Gaspar, just out of prison, is sent to the city to check in on the increasingly erratic dealer expected to take care of distribution. In Miami, the man responsible for getting the drugs across the Pacific has just met the girl of his dreams—a woman who can't seem to keep her story straight. And thousands of miles away in Bangkok, someone farther up the supply chain is about to make a phone call that will put all their lives at risk. Stretching from the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia to the Golden Gate of San Francisco, Every Man a Menace offers an unflinching account of the making, moving, and selling of the drug known as Molly—pure happiness sold by the brick, brought to market by bloodshed and betrayal.