Point Doom (Harper Perennial) by Dan Fante; Walkin' with the Beast (Sun Dog Press) by Danny Valdez
From Dan Fante, the son of novelist John Fante, comes a gritty detective novel featuring JD Fiorella, an ex-private investigator who's bent on avenging his friend's murder. Dan will be joined by author/poet Danny Valdez, who will be reading from his newest work.
Failed private investigator JD Fiorella was a pro at finding trouble. Mixing it up with the wrong people in New York, he escaped to L.A.--only to hit rock-bottom after too many nightmares and too much booze.
Now forty-six and sober, JD is working hard to get it together. Living in Malibu at his mother's house in Point Dume, he's got a new job selling used cars with his friend Woody and a new girlfriend. But just as things are looking up, JD discovers a gruesome murder. Now the ex-private detective has to make a choice.
Determined to exact vengeance, he follows a twisting trail of clues that leads him to unexpected truths about himself and his new life--and to a psychopathic killer with an eerie connection to his past. And, as JD soon learns, this time there's no easy way out.
Praise for Dan Fante:
"This writer has the telemarketer's skill for keeping the mooch on the line: readers who don't hang up right away very likely won't be able to stop listening." --New York Times
"Told in a free-flowing narrative style that features a number of memorable characters, Fante's novel is dark, bleak, gritty, and inventively vulgar. It's also honest, painful, and occasionally tender." --Booklist
Praise for Danny Valdez:
“Tough, edgy, no nonsense poetry and stories with the rough
touch of rap music. Just what I like best!"—John Martin
“Danny Valdez is an important voice in our changing American
culture. He writes with the philosophical insight of a man twice his young age.
His unassuming style is deceptively powerful and poignantly haunting. I found
myself thinking about him long after I closed the book."—Pamela
“Cupcakes” Wood, author of Charles Bukowski’s Scarlet
“Danny Valdez will cut into your heart—open your eyes—and
put a lump in your throat. This guy’s the real deal.”—Dan
Fante, author of Chump Change
Dan Fante is the author of the memoir Fante, the novels 86'd, Chump Change, Mooch, and Spitting Off Tall Buildings, and several books of poetry, short stories, and plays. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
What is so astonishing about Danny Valdez is not that he triumphed over an unconventional
childhood filled with guns, alcohol, and some neglect, but rather how he embraces
and cherishes his complicated boyhood, with all its flaws. His story is
heartbreaking, comical, and insightful—an openhearted, transparent, and
audaciously honest portrayal of a mixed Mexican/white boy emerging into