David Wagoner

David Wagoner

David Wagoner (1926- 2021) was a two-time National Book Award finalist, an acclaimed poet, respected novelist and a beloved University of Washington professor. He won many prestigious awards, including two Pushcart Prizes, and was the author of ten novels, all of which we are re-issuing here  and under our Cutting Edge imprint, and many poetry collections. He was also the editor of Poetry Northwest until 2002 served as chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 1978.

Books by David Wagoner

The Escape Artist

The Escape Artist

Danny Masters is a teenage magician, pick-pocket and escape artist who learned it all from his late father. All he wants to do is make it in the big city. But along the way he picks the wrong pocket, stealing a wallet full of stolen cash, and finds himself having to use all of his skills just to stay alive… while still chasing his dreams.

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The Man in the Middle – Coming Soon!

The Man in the Middle - Coming Soon!

The first book by acclaimed novelist and poet David Wagoner, back in print for the first time in 70 tears, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as ”a breathtaking novel filled with terror and pathos.”

Middle-aged Charlie Bell, a crippled watchman at a railroad crossing, sees a woman thrown out of passing train. He takes the injured woman, and the briefcase she was clutching, with him in search of a phone. She’s a reporter, and the briefcase contains papers that could destroy a corrupt Senator. But before Charlie can get her help, a thug attacks them and kills her. Now Charlie is relentlessly pursued through the Chicago underworld by cops who think he’s a murderer…and killers intent on silencing him.

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Money Money Money – Coming Soon

Money Money Money - Coming Soon

“Bizarre and disturbing.” New York Times

Big, generous Willie Grier is swimming in Lake Michigan one summer night in 1955 when he finds the dead body of a man. The horrifying experience leads him into bed with a ruthlessly seductive woman, pits him against vicious gangsters, and hurls him into a whirlwind of cold cash, hot sex, and bloody violence.

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