Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Tim Baker

Fever City

Tim Baker

Fever City

2016, pp. 400, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609452872
Region: Australia
Book collection: World Noir
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
$ 18.00

The book

If you took James Ellroy at his most imaginative and Oliver Stone at his most conspiratorial, and mixed them up in a supersized martini shaker, you would produce the vivid writing, explosive events, and irresistible entertainment of Fever City.

The story kicks off in 1960 Los Angeles, with the daring kidnapping of the child of one of America's richest men. It then darts back and forth between a private detective's urgent search for the child, the saga of a notorious hit man in the days leading to JFK's assassination, and the modern-day story of a skeptical journalist researching the still-active conspiracy theories of the 50s and 60s, with the aim of debunking them. Just as the detective discovers that the kidnapping is a crime much larger than he imagined, and the hit man finds himself caught in a web that is astonishingly complex, the journalist discovers—to his horror, dismay, and even his jeopardy—that the conspiracy theories might well be true.

With expert pacing, sparkling dialogue, and plot twists that will keep readers entranced, Tim Baker's irrepressible debut novel is a joy ride through classic noir traditions, updated with a surprisingly contemporary sensibility.

The author

Tim Baker
Born in Sydney, Tim Baker moved to Italy in his early 20s and lived in Spain before moving to Paris as director of consular operations at the Australian embassy in France. His short fiction has appeared in books published by Random House and William Collins, his nonfiction in books published by Penguin, and in publications such as Time Out, and Facts on File. He currently lives with his wife and son in the south of France.

Press

From the same country

  • Rohan Wilson

    To Name Those Lost

    2017, pp. 240, $ 17.00
    A powerful page-turner about a father and son in search of each other in a lawless age and a violent land, To Name Those Lost is a tale of guilt,...
  • Joan London

    The Golden Age

    2016, pp. 224, $ 17.00
    The Golden Age is an immensely satisfying and generous-hearted story about displacement, recovery, resilience, and love.
  • Charlotte Wood

    The Natural Way of Things

    2016, pp. 208, $ 17.00
    The Natural Way of Things is at once lucid and illusory, a brilliantly plotted novel of ideas that reminds us of mankind's own vast contradictions—the...
  • Zane Lovitt

    The Midnight Promise

    2013, pp. 320, $ 16.00
    A superlative work of hardboiled detective fiction, The Midnight Promise introduces readers to an instant classic in the annals of noir antiheros:...
  • Gail Jones

    Sorry

    2008, pp. 256, $ 15.95
    “Jones has a marvelous ear for language... a novelist who deserves to be celebrated.”—The Telegraph
  • Peter Kocan

    The Treatment & The Cure

    2008, pp. 256, $ 14.95
    “A little masterpiece, not only in the history of prison literature, but in that of literature itself.”—The Bulletin (Sydney)

More suggestions

  • Maurizio de Giovanni

    I Will Have Vengeance

    2018, pp. 224, $ 17.00
    Shortlisted for the 2012 Crime Writers Association Daggers Award
  • Gene Kerrigan

    The Rage

    2018, pp. 320, $ 18.00
    "Kerrigan's gripping police procedurals...are good news for readers who can appreciate the moral complexities of a flawed hero." — The New York...
  • Michel Bussi

    Time is a Killer

    2018, pp. 512, $ 18.00
    A fatal accident in the past, broken lives, family secrets...Michel Bussi serves up a gripping thriller, set amid the beautiful scenery of Corsica.
  • Karin Brynard

    Weeping Waters

    2018, pp. 512, $ 18.00
    Winner of the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize, ATKV Literature Prize, and twice winner of the M-Net Literature Awards “The Afrikaans...
  • Alan Parks

    Bloody January

    2018, pp. 304, $ 17.00
    An exciting, evocative first-in-series noir novel set in 1973 Glasgow, a city on the cusp of a heroin epidemic, featuring detective Harry McCoy.
  • Carlo Bonini, Giancarlo De Cataldo

    Suburra

    2017, pp. 528, $ 18.00
    In Ostia, a depressed coastal settlement twenty miles from the powerful and corrupt city of Rome, a mighty local crime family, the Mafia, corrupt...