This engrossing page-turner captures the hippy era in California as it charts the flight of three people—a writer, his girlfriend and a big-time drug dealer—from a San Francisco drug factory where a plain-clothes policeman has been shot during a narcotics bust.
“Required reading in this genre.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A brilliant second novel by an indomitable writer.”—Los Angeles Times
FLOYD SALAS is the critically-acclaimed author of four novels, a memoir and two volumes of poetry. His publications include Tattoo the Wicked Cross (Grove Press, 1967; Second Chance Press, 1981), winner of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award and a Eugene F. Saxton Fellowship; What Now My Love (Grove Press, 1969; Arte Público Press, 1994); Lay My Body on the Line (Y’Bird Press, 1978); the memoir Buffalo Nickel (Arte Público Press, 1992), which earned him a California Arts Council Literary Fellowship; State of Emergency (1996), awarded the 1997 PEN Oakland Literary Censorship Award, and his poetry collections, Color of My Living Heart (1996) and Love Bites: Poetry in Celebration of Dogs and Cats (Mad Dog Publishing, 2006). Salas’ awards and honors include a Rockefeller Foundation Fiction Scholarship, an NEA creative writing fellowship, and two outstanding teaching awards from the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught creative writing at San Francisco State University; University of California, Berkeley; University of San Francisco; Sonoma State University; and Foothill College, as well as at numerous writing conferences and at San Quentin, Folsom, Vacaville and other correctional institutions. He is the founder and president of the multicultural writing group PEN Oakland, and a former boxing coach for University of California, Berkeley.