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The hotly anticipated follow-up to Nobody Move (Best First Novel, Arthur Ellis Awards; “screams cult classic”—Booklist).
“Nobody knows Los Angeles until they’ve been entranced by it, corrupted by it, cast out from it, and returned to it on their knees begging it to save them, and Richie knew Los Angeles. He knew it better than anyone. This time he would tame the beast and make it his own—this time he would win.”
It’s the year 2000 and 78-year-old Mickey O’Rourke has been a Los Angeles PI for a very long time. He’d thought he’d seen it all until the disappearance of porn star Jeffrey Strokes sends him from the sex-filled studios of the San Fernando Valley to the desperate streets of Compton where Mickey’s final case becomes his biggest test.
Flash back to 1998 and struggling hair salon employee Jemeka Johnson, suspecting boyfriend Ray-Ray of infidelity, follows him one night from their East Compton home to what turns out to be a drug deal gone sour where a twist of fate finds Jemeka tossed onto a dark and dangerous path—one that offers huge reward for someone bold enough to seize it.
Meanwhile, in 1999, tired of robbing small-town diners and shooting bad dope in filthy motel rooms, newlyweds Richie and Alabama return to LA in search of the perfect score.
Paths cross and past meets present as bad decisions hurtle toward worse consequences—and no one will ever be the same.
A Note From the Publisher
“Elliott has a real feel for comedic noir in the Elmore Leonard vein.”
“A consistently gripping tale . . . suffused with meticulous details and characters at the mercy of the druggy Southern California underbelly. . . . An infectious sense of humor . . . enthusiastic plot and a swift pace combine with gritty characters in a satisfying thriller.”
“A blisteringly brilliant ride in the best tradition of comedic-noir crime fiction straight into the sordid twisted underbelly of Los Angeles. . . . Absolutely nails the genre; sublimely descriptive, slightly stylized and . . . told with a veneer of brutal, black humor.”
—IndieReader (starred review)
“A crime fiction delight, with wonderful momentum, intriguing characters, and a satisfyingly solved whodunnit. . . . A complicated picture of desperation, greed, love, and the mistakes that even decent people can make.”
—US Review of Books (starred review)
“Masterfully plotted, suspenseful, and populated with uniformly complex characters . . . with a strong sense of atmosphere and a healthy dose of social commentary. A must-read.”
—Mike Thorn, author of Shelter for the Damned
“A nonlinear mystery set in a Y2K LA so rich and character-driven that to call it noir betrays the literary aspects of the story. . . . Rather than a whodunnit, Porno Valley is a why- or howdunnit inside a slick page-turning noir where the sun’s always at high noon.”
—Tex Gresham, Humanitas Prize winner and author of Sunflower
“A fast-moving and ever-changing PI novel. . . . It recalls the best of Michael Connelly as the characters and their problems are spread out on the velvet background of Los Angeles 20 years ago.”
—Steve Aberle, Great Mysteries and Thrillers