Gar Anthony Harwood is the author of Man Eater and Firecracker, two brutally funny thrillers set in Hollywood. Man Eater earned Haywood starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and well-deserved comparisons to Elmore Leonard for his fast-paced thrills and dark humor. He followed that stunning success with Firecracker, an explosive story of sports, sex, and outrageous schemes that also received rave reviews.
Haywood is also the author six mysteries featuring African-American private investigator Aaron Gunner. The first novel in that series, Fear of The Dark, won the Shamus award for Best First Novel of 1989, and his Gunner short story “And Pray Nobody Sees You” won both the Shamus and Anthony awards for Best Short Story of 1995. His latest Gunner short story, “The Lamb Was Sure to Go,” snagged him his third Shamus award in 2011. His other novels include two books featuring Joe & Dottie Loudermilk, retiree crime-solvers traveling in their Airstream camper.
In addition to his novels and short stories, Haywood has written episodes of several TV crime shows, including New York Undercover and The District, and is a former president of the Mystery Writers of America’s Southern California chapter.
A dark comic thriller about a PR executive, pregnant with football superstar's baby, who runs off to Las Vegas with a Super Bowl betting slip that could be worth $1.25 million...sparking a deadly caper.
When film studio exec Ronnie "Raw" Deal is terrorized by a drug dealer's enforcer, she drafts an ex-con-turned-screenwriter to craft a brutal Hollywood ending for her tormentors in this wildly funny, frighteningly authentic thriller.
Haywood deserves comparison with Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald and Walter Mosley.... It has been too long between books for a writer who has always belonged in the upper echelon of American crime fiction.
Haywood adroitly threads plots and subplots together, occasionally smashing character into one another with much brio and bloodshed.
Haywood captures so well and perceptively a time, a place, and a likable protagonist in tough circumstances... Haywood is particularly adept at sliding social commentary into his carefully plotted tales. And his descriptions of Southern California are sometimes worthy of Raymond Chandler.
A masterful mystery writer... Haywood's the real thing, all right, a formidable artist with something important to say about some of the most troubling issues of our day.