The action in GRIZZLY SEASON picks up right where BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION left off—former punk musician and disgraced police officer Greg Salem is hiding out in the mountains with his sidekick Marco. They’re going for a hike, but stumble on a sophisticated marijuana growing operation run by a sociopathic cult leader who calls himself Magnus Ursus.
From there it’s all GROWL SNORT PUNCH PUNCH KICK POW POW VROOM BOOM!—set to a soundtrack of SoCal punk rock. You get the picture.
Big thanks to Tyson Cornell and the whole crew over at Rare Bird Books. And a special shout out to my editor, Elaine Ash.
I’ll also be taking the show on the road this month. You can find out about GRIZZLY SEASON signings and readings HERE.
In the meantime, here’s what a few people have had to say about GRIZZLY SEASON so far:
“Unflinching, GRIZZLY SEASON is a powder keg, a sustained, dissonant punk rock chord that shakes the reader until its final climactic cadence. Superb.”
—Stephen Jay Schwartz, Los Angeles Times bestselling author of BOULEVARD and BEAT
“Lauden’s new novel is wired with promises and threats that anything just might happen, and then it does—again 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
“GRIZZLY SEASON is a pulse-pounding, pulpy slice of LA noir that embroils an ex-cop punk-rock surfer, a lethal ‘Frankenstein’ hybrid strain of weed, and a seedy underbelly of grizzly mountain drug dealers in a break-neck thriller by S. W. Lauden that leaps off the page. A must read that echoes Raymond Chandler mixed with Kem Nunn.”
—Lee Matthew Goldberg, author of SLOW DOWN and THE MENTOR
“Whether screaming from beneath the West Coast beach waves or rising above the Pacific Crest mountain heights, the continuing adventures of Punk Rock Cop Greg Salem will indeed rip your head off in the most mellow of ways.”
—Delfin Vigil, author of DEATH OF A NEWSPAPERMAN
“Sex, drugs, rock & roll…and bears. Lauden’s latest has everything you want in a great thriller.”
—Chantelle Aimée Osman, author, editor, creative consultant
“I finished this book and thought of Travis McGee—that Florida Keys shaggy PI that John McDonald came up with. Or, better, Ian MacKaye as Joaquin Phoenix from Inherent Vice…”
—Adam Novak, author of TAKE FOUNTAIN and FREAKS OF THE INDUSTRY
“Hard-edged with a deft eye and ear portraying the stone cold graspers hustling for their illicit piece of the illusory rainbow, S. W. Lauden delivers the delicious jagged goods in Grizzly Season.”
—Gary Phillips, author of 3 THE HARD WAY and PEEPLAND
“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, author of CARRIER AND WALLED, plus EXTINCTION BIOME as Addison Gunn
S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, was published Sept. 2015 by Rare Bird Books. The second Greg Salem novel, GRIZZLY SEASON, was published Oct. 11, 2016. His novella, CROSSWISE, is out now from Down & Out Books.