Mark Haskell Smith is the author of five novels, Moist, Delicious, Salty, Baked, and Raw, and the non-fiction Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Vulture, National Post, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Smith is an award-winning screenwriter and assistant professor in the MFA program for Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Graduate Center. He lives in Los Angeles. He likes Mexican food.
"Smith's energetic thriller is an ode to the hard-boiled Los Angeles of Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy spun out in brighter-than-life Starburst colors."--Los Angeles Times
"Smith proves he knows how to get the adrenaline pumping. Fans of hiply skewed jackhammer action will appreciate this debut."--Publishers Weekly "The most bracing new voice since Carl Hiaasen!"--Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition "Blending fresh characters, snappy patter, sex, a mind bender of a plot, and a little more sex, Smith has mixed up a killer cocktail of a first novel and given the LA crime scene a new paint job in the process. Buy this book, get your passport stamped, and spend a little time in Mr. Smith's world."--John Ridley "A weird, darkly hilarious contribution to crime fiction."--Los Angeles Daily News, "Six Great Crime Novels Set in Southern California" "Be in no doubt--this hilarious and fast-moving crime novel is politically incorrect in just about every possible way, but that doesn't mean to say you shouldn't read it. Lie back, place your tongue firmly in your cheek, crack open a beer and lose yourself for an hour or two in the shady world of Los Angeles' Mexican mafia."--Booktrust (UK) "Process Carl Hiaasen's South Florida through an Elmore Leonard filter, then shake well and pour over Los Angeles. . . . Mark Haskell Smith has produced a terrifically engaging and wonderfully bizarre caper novel."--Jeremiah Healy, author of The Only Good Lawyer and Spiral "Reading this book is like eating the worm out of a bottle of mescal. You'll get drunk, hallucinate, and laugh dementedly."--Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, writers of Ed Wood and The People vs. Larry Flint "One of the funniest books I have ever read."--MostlyFiction.com "[A] funny, sexy thriller."--Jane Adams "Read this weird, crazy book."--St. Petersburg Times "[A] fast-paced page-turner . . . Smith's storytelling is quick and sharp and funny."--Weekly Dig