Every Man a Menace: A Novel

Every Man a Menace: A Novel

by Patrick Hoffman


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From “a rising star in the crime fiction world” (Hollywood Reporter), Every Man a Menace is a vital, edgy novel that tells the inside story of a high-stakes ecstasy-smuggling ring.

San Francisco is about to receive the biggest delivery of MDMA to hit the West Coast in years. Raymond Gaspar, just out of prison, is sent by his boss—who is still on the inside—to check on the increasingly erratic dealer expected to take care of the drug’s distribution. Meanwhile in Miami, the nightclub owner responsible for getting the ecstasy across the Pacific has just met the girl of his dreams—a Brazilian woman with a man’s name who can’t seem to keep her story straight. And thousands of miles away, in Bangkok, someone farther up the supply chain is about to make a phone call that will put all their lives at risk. Stretching from the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia to the Golden Gate of San Francisco, Every Man a Menace offers an unflinching account of the making, moving, and selling of the drug known as Molly.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802127242
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 177,097
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Patrick Hoffman is a writer and private investigator based in Brooklyn. His first novel, The White Van, was a finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. He was born in San Francisco and worked there as an investigator for a decade, both privately and at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.

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They relocated David Eban, the man they’d been using in Belgium, to San Francisco. He’d be in charge of picking up the frozen squid. He was a good worker—quiet and sober. All he had to do was drive to a fish warehouse in Oakland, hand a slip of paper to a Chinese kid who worked for Fariq’s organization, and throw the squid into his van. From there, he’d take it to a place he’d rented in Fremont, put it on the ground, and come back the next day, when it had thawed. Then he’d open it up and pull out the vacuum-sealed loaves of drugs. I used to love squid, he told them later. I can’t eat it anymore.

In those early days, Eban drove across the country once a month. He’d pack the drugs into a false compartment in the trunk of his SUV, hang a cross from his mirror, set the cruise control to just below the speed limit, and leave some toys gift wrapped on the backseat. San Francisco to Miami—four days of driving. After a while, though, these trips bothered Semion and Isaak—they were clearly the most exposed element of their plan. What they needed was a buyer in California.

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