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Tod Goldberg

USA flag (b.1973)

Tod Goldberg is the author of several books of fiction, including the novels Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Fake Liar Cheat and the popular Burn Notice series, as well as two collections of short stories, Simplify and Other Resort Cities. His essays, nonfiction, and journalism have appeared widely, including, most recently, in Best American Essays 2013. His latest novel, Gangsterland, will be released in fall 2014 from Counterpoint. Tod Goldberg holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College and lives in Indio, CA where he directs the Low Residency MFA program in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside.

Genres: Mystery
New Books
September 2023

Gangsters Don't Die
(Gangsterland, book 3)
Burn Notice
   The Fix (2008)
   The End Game (2009)
   The Giveaway (2010)
   The Reformed (2011)
   The Bad Beat (2011)
   1. Gangsterland (2014)
   2. Gangster Nation (2017)
   3. Gangsters Don't Die (2023)
   Fake Liar Cheat (2000)
   Living Dead Girl (2002)
   The House of Secrets (2016) (with Brad Meltzer)
   Simplify (2005)
   Other Resort Cities (2013)
   The Low Desert (2021)
Tod Goldberg recommends
All Is Not Forgiven (2023)
Joe Kenda
"All Is Not Forgiven hums with brutal authenticity--Kenda the author and Kenda the character both deliver big procedural thrills that will keep readers guessing. I don't remember a debut novel this assured--Kenda is the real deal."
The Houseboat (2022)
Dane Bahr
"The Houseboat is a new noir classic. I loved it."
Desert Getaway (2022)
(Dante & Jazz Mystery, book 1)
Michael Craft
"A wild romp through Palm Springs' glittery underbelly. Fast, funny, and thoroughly enjoyable. An instant classic."
Under Color of Law (2021)
(Trevor Finnegan, book 1)
Aaron Philip Clark
"Not since Joseph Wambaugh’s New Centurions has a book about the LAPD arrived with the power, strength, and timeliness of Under Color of Law. This is a thriller, all right, but it’s also the portrait of a city and its institutions crumbling from within. A dynamic and important work and, still, a hell of a mystery."
Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons (2021)
Keith Rosson
"Each story in Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons is a bullet. Fast. Weird. Funny. Horrifying. This is a collection of unique grace and pleasure amongst all the oddities and twists. A major accomplishment."
Last Dance (2020)
(Sam Carver, book 2)
Jeffrey Fleishman
"Last Dance is a perfect mystery novel...Fleishman's Los Angeles is dark, brutal, and somehow still filled with moments of profound beauty...You'll be taken away. And If something bad happens to me, I want Sam Carver on the case."

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