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The Low Desert

(2021)
A collection of stories by

 
 
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 Cupertine--first introduced in Gangsterland and continued in Gangster Nation--while revealing how the line between good and bad is often a mirage.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"The Low Desert blew me away. It's an astonishingly rich collection of stories--harrowing and hopeful, gritty and funny, elegiac and electrifying, and always, always, deeply human. Tod Goldberg has written a book that's impossible to put down and impossible to forget." - Lou Berney

"There is something inherently violent about living in the California desert, about the imposition of human will--swimming pools and lush green lawns, air-conditioned palaces, and rolling golf courses--on an inhospitable, rust red, hard-as-stone landscape that otherwise seems indifferent to your suffering--be it from the punishing heat or the grifters and gangsters who've been drawn to the desert for generations. Tod Goldberg understands this and has written a collection of stories that are keenly observed, wryly funny, and heart-wrenching in equal measure. If wisdom can be gleaned from taking a sharp look at the human impulse toward violence, then Tod Goldberg is one of this nation's sagest storytellers." - Attica Locke

"The Low Desert is a powerhouse. Each story is finely crafted and flawlessly executed--gripping, surprising, and satisfying. Goldberg finds humanity in what others overlook, beauty in what many ignore. He seamlessly marries violence and grace to understand both the root and the aftermath of crime. And in doing so he tells a damn fine tale over and again." - Ivy Pochoda

"Tod Goldberg's stories are full of humor, pathos, and sharp knife-twists of plot and insight. Featuring best laid plans that have gone horribly awry, and heartbreakingly authentic characters broken by violence, longing, and hope, The Low Desert packs a heady, emotional wallop. More of this, please." - Paul Tremblay

"Tod Goldberg is a terrific writer, and The Low Desert is a smart, surprising page turner." - Don Winslow


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Hardback Editions

February 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Low Desert: Gangster Stories
Author(s): Tod Goldberg
ISBN: 1-64009-336-2 / 978-1-64009-336-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

February 2022 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Low Desert: Gangster Stories
Author(s): Tod Goldberg
ISBN: 1-64009-526-8 / 978-1-64009-526-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

March 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Low Desert: Gangster Stories
Author(s): Tod Goldberg
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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March 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Low Desert: Gangster Stories
Author(s): Tod Goldberg
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

February 2021 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Low Desert: Gangster Stories
Author(s): Tod Goldberg
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU