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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Point Blank (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080955660X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809556601
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,568,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Street Raised is a scar of a book, but it's a beautifully healed scar." - Joe Lansdale
 
"Imagine James Ellroy coupled with George R. R. Martin and overseen by Charles Willeford." - Ken Bruen
 
"This is literary crime of the highest order, on par with the work of the great Eddie Bunker." - Jason Starr
 
"Hansen's delivery is nothing like Cormac McCarthy's, but this novel possessed a few visceral and nasty surprises that put it in the same territory of viciousness and macabre grandeur as Blood Meridian." - Laird Barron --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Pearce Hansen is an Oakland native residing behind the Redwood Curtain in Humboldt County with his wife Pia. Pearce's fiction is inspired by events and experiences from his youth growing up in the East Bay.

He's been writing 18 years with over 100 publications including three novels, one short story collection and six anthology inclusions. He's an alumnus of Anthony Neil Smith's legendary Plots With Guns! His work's been translated into Finnish and Spanish, and adapted as a limited edition comic book.

In addition to other blurbs: James Frey, Andrew Vachss and Richard Ramirez the Nightstalker all said they like Pearce's work as well.

Customer Reviews

Damn fine writing.
J. Stallings
If you like a great plot, colorful characters, lots of action, a touch of romance, and a fresh, streetwise tone then give Pearce Hansen a try!
Stacey Urhammer
Speedy embarks on it, and Pearce Hansen mines humanity from the profoundly wounded in a world very few know.
joe

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Pulver on August 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pearce is one of hardboiled's BEST! This novel is a monster! Dynamic, authentic [and HONEST], vivid to a degree where the words fly off the page like bullets and tears, it is an "astonishing" showcase of his awe-inducing talent as a writer. A powerful work of imagnative truth, filled with its own poetry, every page of this richly-detailed work seethes and pluses. This is a major work! The last time a hardboiled debut impressed me this much was Will Beal's L. A. Rex.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig Clarke VINE VOICE on December 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
"He pulled the straight shooter from his lips, torturing himself with anticipation as he watched a tiny tendril of crack smoke waver from the mouth end of the pipe. The scent of it excited him more than the sight of a naked woman as he watched the crack smoke dissipate into the air, a little piece of Heaven wasted." -- from Street Raised

Few crime fiction writers have actually lived through the same events they put their characters through. For most, writing noir is an opportunity to experience illegal behaviors from a safe distance, things they would never dare to replicate because they don't have to. Pearce Hansen is the rare breed: he has run the same streets and struggled through the same precarious existence his characters do. For Hansen, writing is a kind of catharsis: it helps keep the nightmares away.

From the bio included with Street Raised, we learn that Hansen was "functionally homeless at a young age," and that he did a lot of self-educating through reading a variety of books: "he counts Thucydides & Spillane, Dostoevski & H.P. Lovecraft, Dickens & Nietzsche among his dear dead friends."

Street Raised is his debut novel, but it is not the work of a beginner. Hansen has been honing craft in short-fiction circles (including the now-defunct Plots With Guns) for ten years, and it shows. The story of Speedy and the aftermath of his release from Pelican Bay State Prison (far too much happens for me to even attempt a summary) displays a sure hand that knows what a good story requires: relatable characters, detailed settings, a clearly defined arc, and a satisfying ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bordeaux Dogue on May 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
depicting the life of a couple of likeable misfits in California's Bay Area in the mid 80's.

The characters are very well fleshed out and the story has soul, pace and , I suspect, a lot of autobiographic elements ( could the Author be Will, I ask ? ).

Absolutely worth reading and enjoying, for its in "your face " reality and the unreproachable prose.

Why not 5 stars, then? Because the Author looses himself, somewhat too much, in the 80's Oakland description and this, whether he wanted it or not, ends up cutting a bit of the pace in an otherwise irreprehensible novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PeterH on November 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Street Raised by Pearce Hansen is a basic revenge drama set in the grimly depicted environment of the East Bay area in California in the early 1980s. Oakland street hood, Speedy, gets released from a prison in the northern part of the state, shoeless. He ventures home, encountering a few adventures and picking up a kitten along the way. In a long opening chapter, we see the complex mix of violence and compassion that makes up the protagonist's character. Once home, Speedy reunites with his younger brother, Willy, who's become a crack addict during Speedy's long incarceration.

Willy's wretched descent prompts Speedy to enlist a friend, Fat Bob, who bounces at seedy bars, to liberate Willy from his addiction and squalid residence. The three then conspire to vanquish a gang of Mexicans who recently killed two other friends in brutal fashion. These Mexicans are sitting on a pile of money too, so there's profit as well as revenge motivating this action. Stealing from criminals is essentially a victimless crime, or at least one that makes it easier for the reader to root for Speedy and his gang. Despite Speedy's inherently criminal nature, he has a desire to get off the streets and live a conventional life, one in which he can take care of his kitten and Carmel, a woman he falls in love with. Other encounters with street characters inhibit his goal. Violence and tragedy ensues, much of it grisly, along with a deliciously graphic tour of Oakland.

The Oakland setting often steals the show but this is Speedy's story. A nasty fellow portrayed heroically, larger than life. He almost instantly attracts enmity and admiration from other characters, such as the creepy and underutilized Ghost, and his lover, Carmel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cliff Hardy on November 2, 2011
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Pearce Hansen is my best discovery yet on Allan Guthrie's Criminal-E blog, [...]
This is a terrific read about young Speedy who is released from Pelican Bay State Prison in North California and returns to East Bay, Oakland. Here Speedy hooks back up with his brother Little Willy and best mate Fat Bob and sets out to settle old scores and to make some new ones.

This is a story about life on the street, drugs, crime and simply surviving. The characters may not be people you'd want to take home to meet your mother but Pearce writes his tale so well that you can sympathise with these three guys and even like them as they battle with the daily challenges of their lives. They all show their soft sides, but more often than not their choices are aggressive and violent. There are terrific scenes throughout the book that give you real insight into each of the characters.

The other great feature about Hansen's story is the significant role that East Bay plays. On multiple occasions I was searching Google Maps to get a closer look at the locations that Hansen was describing (which are thousands of miles from my home in Australia). A great read from an author I had never heard of before. I will certainly be looking out for more of his work.
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