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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


"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

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: 4.1 x 0.8 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: #1,117,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Weaned on the images of Kirby and Steranko in comics and Hammet and Himes in prose, Gary Phillips was born under a bad sign and only through writing does he hope to get out from under. He is editor of the bestselling anthology Orange County Noir, co-edited with Jervey Tervalon the acclaimed Cocaine Chronicles, and Booklist said of his novel Warlord of Willow Ridge, "Phillips is a veteran crime novelist who creates a plausible post-apocalyptic scenario in which the safety of middle-class America can dissolve in a moment. Exciting, violent, and entertaining." His graphic novel, The Rinse, about a money launderer, was optioned for television. He has short stories upcoming in the anthologies Asian Pulp and Jewish Noir. His website is:

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 2, 2012
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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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