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(Arriving May 7, 2019)
“Isaiah Coleridge [is] an intimidating presence…” —Marilyn Stasio for The New York Times Book Review
“…as much Bram Stoker as Lawrence Block.” –Tom Nolan for The Wall Street Journal
“Like a lyricist, Laird Barron excels at manipulating the tones and cadence of language. Like a Gothic novelist, the mood he creates is often bleak.” –Bruce DeSilva for the Associated Press
“Expertly blending crime and horror, [Barron’s] non-supernatural horrors become cosmic/existential in scope and feel, similar to Peter Straub’s genius novels KOKO, [and] THE THROAT.” Paul Tremblay, bestselling author of The Cabin at the End of the World
“Barron’s second novel featuring retired mob strongman Isaiah Coleridge (after 2018’s Blood Standard) is as nasty as a cornered pit viper—and its plot is about as sinuous.” Publishers Weekly
“For all the darkness in Black Mountain, it has a hero who burns bright.” Heather Seggel for BookPage
“Coleridge is a large, unbelievably strong, scarred man—a thug, yes, but a thinking-person’s thug…Readers with a tolerance for violence will want to meet him.”—Booklist (starred review)
Award-winning author Laird Barron makes his crime fiction debut with a novel set in the underbelly of upstate New York that’s as hardboiled and punchy as a swift right hook to the jaw–a classic noir for fans of James Ellroy and John D. Macdonald.
Isaiah Coleridge is a mob enforcer in Alaska–he’s tough, seen a lot, and dished out more. But when he forcibly ends the moneymaking scheme of a made man, he gets in the kind of trouble that can lead to a bullet behind the ear. Saved by the grace of his boss and exiled to upstate New York, Isaiah begins a new life, a quiet life without gunshots or explosions. Except a teenage girl disappears, and Isaiah isn’t one to let that slip by. And delving into the underworld to track this missing girl will get him exactly the kind of notice he was warned to avoid.
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“Massive, scarred Isaiah is a thug’s thug, but he’s also a well-read student of mythology. He’s indifferent to stab wounds and generates righteous mayhem in his quest. Fans of violent crime fiction will love this one and will be eager to hear more from Isaiah.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Laird Barron’s Blood Standard is stylish, witty, and stupendously entertaining, and it gives us a main character – Isaiah Coleridge, head-cracking classics-quoting half-Maori ex(ish)-gangster – who is entirely unforgettable.”—Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone
“Rendered in icy strokes of prose, Laird Barron’s BLOOD STANDARD is a remarkably self-assured crime novel—at once explosive and intimate, with a tightly wound plot and wonderfully realized characters. And then there’s Barron’s hero, Isaiah Coleridge. He’s got a dead dog named Achilles and bits of Beowulf on his breath and in his teeth. Needless to say, there’s not too many like him.”—Michael Harvey, author of Brighton and The Chicago Way