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Grizzly Season: A Greg Salem Mystery Paperback – October 11, 2016
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Gary Phillips, author of 3 the Hard Way
"Lauden's new novel is wired with promises and threats that anything just might happen, and then it doesagain and again. The furious pace never lets up. By the end you'll be bruised by the ferocious beauty of Grizzly Season."
Joseph Di Prisco, author of The Alzhammer and The Pope of Brooklyn
"Sex, drugs, rock & roll and bears. Lauden's latest has everything you want in a great thriller."
Chantelle Aimée Osman
"The heart of Los Angeles pumps fast and hard in this modern noir mystery packed with immediate action that doesn’t stop for a beat. Lauden laces Grizzly Season with so many twists, readers won’t know what hit them."
Anne Tibbets, contributing editor at The International Thriller Writers e-magazine, The Big Thrill, author of Carrier and Walled, plus Extinction Biome as Addison Gunn
Praise for Bad Citizen Corporation
"BCC pumps fresh blood into the corpse of American mystery. Lauden debuts with the storytelling ease of a veteran author. It's fun, sun-scorched, and salty as the beaches it hails from."
Tom Pitts, author of Hustle and Knuckleball
"Like a punk rock Lew Archer novel, Bad Citizen Corporation challenges you to keep up with the twists and turns. A murder mystery that goes from sun-kissed L.A. beaches to dirty rock clubs in a story filled with damaged souls and the lasting bonds of friendship."
Eric Beetner, author of Rumrunners and The Devil Doesn't Want Me
Beach noir with some serious punk rock bonafides. Bad Citizen Corporation is a rush of a debut novel that poses timely, thoughtful questions set to a breakneck tempo.”
Rob Hart, author of New Yorked
"Carrying on in the tradition of musician turned mystery writers like Jo Nesbo and Bill Moody, SW Lauden’s Bad Citizen Corporation pounds out an impressive rock-and-roll thriller. The story comes on strong and never lags behind its neck-breaking beat. Greg Salem, part-time punk rocker, now disgraced cop, plays like the bastard love child of Poly Styrene and James M. Cain. Add to the mix murder and mayhemthe girl who got away, seedy bars, real estate scams, vengeful heiresses, and an oddball assortment of thugs from the old neighborhooddrop it all under the warm Californian sun, and you’ve got the hit songand must readof the season."
Joe Clifford, author of Junkie Love and Lamentation
“Between thrilling action, a terribly interesting protagonist, fascinating and terrifying villains, and an extremely well-drawn supporting cast…Grizzly Season delivers in a big way. Big action, big guns, lots of blood spilled, sex, drugs…all of the fun shit. On top of that, you gain a better perspective of Salem and leave dying to know what happens next. It’s everything you want the middle of a trilogy to be.”
—Matt Morgan, Crimespree Magazine
“Grizzly Season isn’t a novel about the drug trade. It is a novel about American drug paranoia. Magnus Ursus is a boogeyman hellbent on either indoctrinating young minds or destroying them with his new, demented, hypertoxic drug. He inspires the kind of terror that keeps concerned mothers up at night.”
—Benoit Lelievre, Dead End Follies
Highly Recommended: “Grizzly Season offers readers the perfect mix of sex, drugs, and (punk) rock-n-roll, but also infuses it with heart, heart-break, and most importantly, a poet’s touch. Lauden offers so much more than a standard PI read, he offers up a raw, gritty picture of the life of the PI, warts and all.”
—Derrick Horodyski, Out of the Gutter
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Things I liked:
- The sprawling sense of scope that both affects the mystery and the setting. Lauden is very good at this. In GRIZZLY SEASON he goes from the mountains to the beach.
- Lauden's unadorned prose that just glides off the page. The man definitely isn't a stylist, but he works his strengths. You'll have read 100 pages before you know it.
- The suspended reality of Grizzly Flats and the whole bear cult storyline.
- Mark Lathrop.
- How different it was from BCC. It's not trying to be BCC 2.
- The book is very subplot busy, which is a thing I dig.
Things I didn't like
- Magnus Ursus' inexplicable obsession with Greg.
- Kristen inexplicable obsession with Greg.
- There is a character I really liked from BCC who meet its doom here and I was pretty pissed about that.
That's it. I thought GRIZZLY SEASON was a worthy successor to BAD CITIZENS CORPORATION. Sure, it feels a little formatted since it's a mystery series, but S.W Lauden went out of his way to change the setting and renew the experience. If you liked the first, definitely carve time for the sequel.
That’s a question Greg Salem asks himself as often as it is posed to him. Having found himself up to his eyes in danger and drama following an on-the-job shooting (Bad Citizen Corporation), the former punk rock legend/East Los Angeles police officer is taking some time away from things to try and get his head back on straight.
Along with friend and former bandmate, Marco, Greg retreats to a cabin in the Angeles National Forest. Of course, not being able to stay out of trouble, it’s not long before he and Marco unwittingly stumble upon a marijuana growing operation deep in the forest. Unfortunately for them, the operation isn’t run by peace-and-love potheads, but a man who calls himself Magnus Ursus and who runs his operation, Grizzly Flats, with an iron fist and cult-like loyalty from his group of followers.
Turns out Magnus has been watching Salem, and attempts to strong-arm him into helping with the scheme Magnus has to get rich by unleashing into the drug scene the uber-potent strain of marijuana he’s been cultivating. As Salem quickly comes to understand, Magnus is not one to take no for an answer, and Salem barely escapes from Grizzly Flats, having to leave Marco behind in the process. What Magnus doesn’t understand is that Salem’s nobody’s fool, or pushover, and that he will do anything he has to in order to protect friends and family. The resulting showdown careens from Grizzly Flats deep in the Angeles National Forest to the California coast, leaving a trail of destruction everywhere in between.
S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, Bad Citizen Corporation, burst onto the scene in November of 2015 and made quite the splash, with good reason. In Greg Salem, readers found a complicated protagonist with a fairly unique background, one around whom Lauden built a complex mystery he made both the readers and Salem work to get to the bottom of. What’s most impressive about Grizzly Season is not that Lauden was able to duplicate the storytelling of his debut effort, but rather how drastically he shifted gears in his setting and story approach without missing a beat.
When Magnus first appears, he seems to be a straightforward representation of middle-America’s worst nightmare about drugs and the attendant crime that surrounds them come to life. If only it were that simple. As events unfold, Salem and the reader come to understand there are machinations at work that are more far-reaching than initially perceived, and Salem is forced to dig deep and go hard in his attempt to pull everyone’s bacon out of the fire.
To Lauden’s credit, he doesn’t make it easy for Salem, even allowing for some rather serious failure along the way—failure that’s not merely there as a setup for Salem to bounce back from, but that can’t be undone and which will fundamentally (re)shape Salem moving forward. Fortunately, Salem is in Lauden’s very capable hands, making this a series you’ll definitely want to keep up with.