Tuesday, May 10, 2011

False Refuge - Steve Anderson


Steve Anderson's novels mix crime, history, mystery, noir and humor, usually involving a determined underdog stuck between two worlds. He lives in Portland, Ore.

Product description:

US Army reservist Alex Swenson has gone AWOL to avoid Iraq duty. He's fled to the Big Island of Hawaii, where he finds himself attracted to cute and wily Kanani, a crime-world survivor searching for a better life. Yet Alex's old army buddy, Jerry, is hot on Alex's trail. 

A secretive island haven, Krieger Estates, was supposed to grant Alex a new life and identity, but soon Alex finds that the estates' amoral founders thrive on absolute power, lockstep obedience, and unjust violence. Fleeing's no option this time. Alex refuses to play along and it brings his new overseers' full wrath. To save Alex, Kanani and Jerry join forces with a hard-nosed plan that enlists even the rugged and unforgiving Big Island terrain itself.

"'Fantastic read' ... I wanted to know what Alex was going to do." — Babs World of Book Reviews

"A great story and it's told in a memorable way. At the very least, it'll make you think." — Chris Truscott, Amazon (US) review

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
It takes a down-and-out crime noir character who makes a questionable choice — in this case going AWOL — and puts him in the exact situation he was running from. Plus, he's on an island. Never a good idea to flee when you're on harsh volcanic terrain and surrounded by water.

Q: Why did you go indie?
After years of near misses with agents and publishers, I found myself with manuscripts that were worth trying out in the world. Indie publishing finally made it worth a shot. 

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Elmore Leonard, Dennis Lehane, Graham GreeneCharles McCarry, John Le Carré, Martin Cruz Smith, Patricia Highsmith.  

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