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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Dafina; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758203853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758203854
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,743,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Willow Ridge was once a gated community, but after the housing crash, it’s become an enclave of abandoned homes interspersed with overextended home owners trying to survive. Many of the abandoned homes are occupied by squatters, and one of the illegal residents is Connie O’Connor, a lifetime criminal who arrives with a motorcycle, a gun, and more debts than money. He does a little home repair to his new digs and ingratiates himself with his new neighbors. He also notices two of the unofficially occupied homes are base camps for gang drug operations. There may be an opportunity for a rip-off here, he thinks, but there’s no rush. His bad-boy persona is a magnet for the ladies of Willow Ridge, so he has plenty to do for the moment. But violence erupts, and O’Connor, right in the middle of it, is forced to make some choices that will affect his adopted community. Phillips is a veteran crime novelist who creates a plausible postapocalyptic scenario in which the safety of middle-class America can dissolve in a moment. Exciting, violent, and entertaining. --Wes Lukowsky

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"Phillips knows Los Angeles like Chester Himes and Raymond Chandler, masterfully using geography as O'Conner negotiates locales like Fontana, Hawaiian Gardens, Hollywood, Olvera Street, Richland Farms in Compton to San Pedro and back again. Witty dialogue, passion and betrayal tangle in this crime novel that has a lot to say about 21st Century Suburban America." -- Mike Sonksen, KCET's L.A. Letters

More About the Author

Gary Phillips writes fictional stories of chicanery and malfeasance in various formats, often drawing on his past experiences. He is a Los Angeles native, and was born and raised in the then South Central area of the city. There he was a community activist on issues ranging from police abuse, the anti-apartheid movement and opposing the contras in Central America during the Reagan era.

His most current novel is Warlord of Willow Ridge which Booklist said of the work, "Phillips is a veteran crime novelist who creates a plausible postapocalyptic scenario in which the safety of middle-class America can dissolve in a moment. Exciting, violent, and entertaining." He has also written essays for the Robert B. Parker tribute book, In Pursuit of Spenser and for The Wire: Race, Class, and Genre. Currently with Tommy Hancock and Pro Se Press, Philips is co-editing and contributing to Black Pulp, pulp stories featuring black main characters and editing and contributing to a themed linked anthology of short stories, Night of the Insurgents, showcasing America's super spy before Bauer and Borne, Jimmy Christopher, Operator 5, for Moonstone.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 2, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Heading to San Francisco, O'Connor's bike dies near Willow Ridge. With no funds, he decides to hide in Willow Ridge, which once was an affluent gated community, but now has many abandoned vacant houses, some trapped families and several low life punks like the Mas Treces gang who established a meth lab there. He squats in one of the buildings.

Connie begins to clean up his temporary abode, but soon gets involved with the residents when he confronts gangbangers and thugs. To his shock he enjoys his time in the burb and begins an affair with Gwen Gardner. However as the Mas Treces and their rivals the Vandal Viking fight for Willow Creek lab rights, Connie finds himself protecting his neighbors.

The Warlord of Willow Ridge is an exciting thriller as a noirish loner knows it is time to pull a sting and make like the wind, but finds he is reluctant to leave the burbs. Fast-paced, readers will enjoy Connie kicking bad dude butt though like him wonder why he stays in a place he never belonged to before.

Harriet Klausner
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