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Meet Acclaimed and Award-Winning Crime Author, Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips.

Few modern writers' names are as synonymous with Southern California crime/noir fiction as his is. And we're so excited to welcome him to Cellar Door Bookstore on Saturday, June 8th at 6:00 pm to talk about book two in the Harry Ingram series, Ash Dark As Night, as well as some of his other acclaimed crime novels, including one of our Mystery Book Club's favorites, book one in the series One-Shot Harry, and the re-release of his Ivan Monk series, Violent Spring and the second book, Perdition, U.S.A. (out on June 18th).

About Ash Dark As Night: Los Angeles, August 1965. Anger and pent-up frustrations boil over in the Watts neighborhood after a traffic stop of two Black motorists. As the Watts riots explode, crime photographer Harry Ingram snaps photos at the scene, including images of the police as they unleash batons, dogs, and water hoses on civilians. When he captures the image of an unarmed activist being shot down by the cops, he winds up in the hospital, beaten, his camera missing. Proof of the unjust killing seems lost—until Ingram’s girlfriend, Anita Claire, retrieves the hidden film in a daring rescue. The photo makes front-page news. A recuperating Ingram is approached by Betty Payton, a comrade of Anita’s mother, who wants Ingram’s help tracking down her business associate Moses “Mose” Tolbert, last seen during the riots. Ingram follows the investigation down a rabbit hole of burglary rings, bank robberies, looted cash, and clandestine agendas—all the while grappling with his newfound fame, which puts him in the sightlines of LAPD’s secretive intelligence division.

Preorder Perdition, U.S.A. now and get your copy when it comes out on June 18th: Black private eye Ivan Monk’s search for a connection between three Black men murdered in Los Angeles leads to the unraveling of a white supremacist conspiracy that spans the West Coast. Robert “Scatterboy” Williams is a small-time hustler selling bogus Cartier watches in Pacific Shores, a port city south of Los Angeles. One day, he’s gunned down in the street, seemingly at random. Then drug dealer Ronny Aaron is shot and killed leaving a liquor store. Shortly thereafter, college student Jimmy Henderson is rendered comatose after two bullets to his body. The three victims have nothing in common save the neighborhood where they were shot—and the color of their skin. The police categorize Scatterboy’s murder as business as usual. But his girlfriend convinces private eye Ivan Monk to find the killer. What looks like three unrelated shootings of Black men in Southern California will put Monk on a tortuous trail unraveling a larger nefarious plan: the rise of an extremist demagogue.

Gary Phillips has published various novels, comics, short stories and edited or co-edited several anthologies including the Anthony-winning The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir. Almost thirty years after its publication, his debut, Violent Spring, was named one of the essential crime novels of Los Angeles. He was also a writer and co-producer on FX’s Snowfall, a show streaming on Hulu about crack and the CIA in 1980s South Central where he grew up.

Buy Ash Dark As Night and preorder Perdition, U.S.A below!




Event date: 
Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
473 E. Alessandro Blvd.
Suite B
Riverside, CA 92508
Ash Dark as Night (A Harry Ingram Mystery #2) By Gary Phillips Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641294744
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Published: Soho Crime - April 2nd, 2024

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One-Shot Harry (A Harry Ingram Mystery #1) By Gary Phillips Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641294577
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Published: Soho Crime - March 14th, 2023

Violent Spring (Deluxe Edition) (An Ivan Monk Mystery #1) By Gary Phillips, Walter Mosley (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Gary Phillips, Walter Mosley (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781641294393
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Published: Soho Crime - May 7th, 2024

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Perdition, U.S.A. (An Ivan Monk Mystery #2) By Gary Phillips Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641294416
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Published: Soho Crime - June 18th, 2024