This is the fourth week of Reading Countdown to the Anthony Awards at Bouchercon 2016. Now there are twelve weeks until the 2016 Anthony Awards are presented at the Bouchercon XVLII World Mystery Convention in New Orleans on Friday, September 16, 2016.
This week I suggest you read the fourth nominee alphabetically in the Best Paperback Original category, Josh Stallings's YOUNG AMERICANS.
Josh Stallings's novel was published on October 30, 2015. He calls YOUNG AMERICANS a "Glam Rock Disco Heist Novel." (In case you don't get the cultural reference of the title, David Bowie released an album of the same name in 1975, and "Young Americans" was a single of the same name.) Set in San Francisco on New Year's Eve 1976, this is a rollicking crime fiction novel which is so accurate and authentic to the time, place and characters that the reader will come away with the soundtrack firmly implanted in their head and with some glitter on their face. This all about sex, drugs, cash, guns,fast cars, and being young and wild in the 1970's. Stallings was nominated for an Anthony in 2014 for his memoir All The Wild Children: A noir memoir.