Biting satire and criminal mischief abound in Mark Haskell Smith’s new novel that follows a Wall Street trader who disappears—with millions in stolen cash—and the madcap team of investigators on his trail in the Cayman Islands in this hot, hilarious case of offshore banking gone awry.
Selected for the Grand Prix De Littérature Policiére 2020 (France)
NAKED AT LUNCH
From naked grocery shopping to the Big Nude Boat, a comic novelist turned narrative journalist lays bare the world of the nudist.
“A witty and insightful read.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Smith remains a gifted satirist with a comic touch that can be either howlingly broad or devastatingly precise. . . . Though consistently surprising, fast-paced and nearly always funny, Raw is more than just a lively romp. Smith saves his best satire for a topic he knows all too well: the publishing industry. In Raw . . . Smith skewers it with as much gleeful zeal as he attacks his much easier targets.” — The Daily Beast
“This book is a masterpiece.” —Livres Hebdo (France)
Selected for the Grand Prix De Littérature Policiére 2016 (France)
“[Mark Haskell Smith’s] characters include a not-so-usual suspect lineup of hustlers, sex addicts, supermodels, failed rock stars, wine-buff cops, psychos and flakes. Haskell Smith writes well, especially about sex and food, and the multilayered plots move so fast they feel fresh. Think Elmore Leonard meets Mario Batali.” —Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times
“A laugh-out-loud, thrill-a-minute, tour de force of bad behavior, weirdness, and contemporary illegal commerce. With Baked, Mark Haskell Smith may just have written his masterpiece.” —Jerry Stahl
“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 Book Review
HEART OF DANKNESS
Moneyball meets the documentary “The Union: The Business Behind Getting High” in this non-fiction book that explores the culture of cannabis, from its humble beginnings as a textile fiber in 2727 BC, to its illegalization during the Great Depression, to its increasing use as medicinal treatment — all culminating in the annual event for marijuana aficionados everywhere: the Cannabis Cup.
“Witty, civilized and intelligent narcotourism.” —Kirkus Reviews
“At once sexy and repulsive, the novel manages to plant sharp moral and cultural barbs in its gorge-feast of a plot.” —Publishers Weekly
MARK HASKELL SMITH is the author of six novels with one-word titles including Moist, Salty, and Blown; as well as the non-fiction books Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup and Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World.
A new nonfiction title, Rude Talk in Athens: Comedy, Democracy, and the Most Important Writer You’ve Never Heard Of is coming from Unnamed Press in August 2021.
His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Vulture, Alta, and Literary Hub. He is an associate professor in the MFA program for Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California Riverside, Palm Desert Graduate Center.
He’s written award-winning screenplays and some television shows.
He lives in Los Angeles. He likes Mexican Food.
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