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278 pages, Brash Books.
Copyright © 2022 by Michael Craft.
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“A wild romp through Palm Springs’ glittery underbelly. Fast, funny, and thoroughly enjoyable. An instant classic.”
— Tod Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author
“Michael Craft delivers an irresistible high-camp twist to the classic detective mystery. A fast-paced and captivating opening to a promising new series.”
— J.D. Horn, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Line
“Like the bright pastels of Palm Springs, Desert Getaway glows with humor, moves at an energetic pace, and is wholly entertaining.”
— John Copenhaver, Macavity Award-winning author of Dodging and Burning
“A quick-witted, entertaining mystery loaded with Palm Springs atmosphere. Smart, sophisticated, and ingeniously plotted. I loved it.”
— Ellen Byron, USA Today bestselling author of the “Cajun Country” mysteries
“Desert Getaway is a sexy, charming romp set in Palm Springs, where a priapic gay ex-actor and a Black streetwise ex-cop team up to solve a murder. Dante and Jazz show great chemistry in what I hope is the first of many adventures.”
— Michael Nava, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of the “Henry Rios” mysteries
“A compelling romp through fiascos, fairy-tale lives, and organized crime.”
— Midwest Book Review
The novel Desert Getaway is based on my short story “VIP Check-In,” which appeared in the anthology Palm Springs Noir, published by Akashic Books in 2021. I am highly grateful to Tod Goldberg for initially suggesting my inclusion in the project, as well as publisher Johnny Temple and editor Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, who placed me in the company of more than a dozen truly talented writers.
When I was approached to contribute to that volume, my first reaction was hesitation, as I had never tried writing in the noir genre. But the lure was irresistible, and I eagerly signed on.
Writing the short story, I fell in love with its premise, its tone, and especially its two main characters, Dante O’Donnell and Jazz Friendly — seeming antagonists whose initial encounters are rancid, leaving potential for growth, discovery, and ultimately mutual respect. Humor, too. While drafting the novel, I found the characters pulling me toward a narrative that became far more rollicking than dark.
When the novel manuscript was complete, its search for a publisher ended at Brash Books, where co-founder Lee Goldberg simply “got it.” How lucky for me to have this amazing writer serve as the book’s enthusiastic and collaborative editor. I could not be prouder of the results.
Desert Getaway is my 18th novel, the first in a new series that sets off in a fresh direction, with more to come. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know Dante and Jazz.
— Michael Craft
Lee Goldberg (left), co-founder of Brash Books and a New York Times #1 bestselling author, with Michael Craft in December 2021.