Join Inlandia at Home for a conversation with award-winning crime fiction author Tod Goldberg
Goldberg's latest book is The Low Desert, a book of short fiction. In The Low Desert, Raymond Carver meets Elmore Leonard in this extraordinary collection of contemporary crime writing set in the critically acclaimed Gangsterland universe, a series called "gloriously original" by The New York Times Book Review.
With gimlet-eyed cool and razor-sharp wit, these spare, stylish stories from a master of modern crime fiction assemble a world of gangsters and con men, of do-gooders breaking bad and those caught in the crossfire. The uncle of an FBI agent spends his life as sheriff in different cities, living too close to the violent acts of men; a cocktail waitress moves through several desert towns trying to escape the unexplainable loss of an adopted daughter; a drug dealer with a penchant for karaoke meets a talkative lawyer and a silent clown in a Palm Springs bar.
Witty, brutal, and fast-paced, these stories expand upon the saga of Chicago hitman-turned-Vegas-rabbi Sal Cupertino — first introduced in Gangsterland and continued in Gangster Nation — while revealing how the line between good and bad is often a mirage.
Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including The Low Desert, Gangster Nation, Gangsterland, a finalist for the Hammett Prize, The House of Secrets, which he co-authored with Brad Meltzer, and Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His nonfiction and criticism appear regularly in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Alta and have earned five Nevada Press Association awards and been anthologized in Best American Essays. He's a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, where he founded and directs the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts.