Best Crime Novel of the YearJoy Ride through the Tattoo Underworld of Portland's Old Town.
The night world of Old Town, Portland, Oregon, has gone mad in the grip of gentrification, and at the center of it all is Lucky Supreme, a seedy tattoo parlor, whose proprietor is a street-bred artist with a unique approach to problem solving. Darby Holland has enough on his radar, but when some flash (tattoo artwork) stolen from him resurfaces in California he can't help himself. His efforts to reclaim it set him on a dangerous path, dragging along his delightfully eccentric colleagues, including the brains behind his brawn, Delia, a twiggy vinyl-clad punk genius secretly from the other side of the tracks. No one knows why the art signed "Roland Norton, Panama, 1955" is worth anything or how it came to hang on the walls of a tattoo shop in Portland, Oregon. Only the deranged former owner can sayand he's not talking. Before the wrecking balls swing through Old Town in the name of "progress," Darby must settle old scores and face new demons to save his reputation, his shop, and his sanity. He has secrets of his own, and a tattoo shop in Old Town was a perfect place to hide, but when cash, lies, crime, and history collide, Darby Holland will need his ramshackle skill set, his wits, and a lot of luck to rise to the top of a human food chain, or be eaten alive.
Lucky Supreme is an intuitive thrill ride from start to finish in the spirit of Elmore Leonard and Dennis Lehane. It is the first of a trilogy featuring Darby Holland, Delia, and the other unforgettable nocturnal residents of Old Town. Jeff Johnson is a hugely entertaining new voice in noir.
About the Author
Jeff Johnson burst onto the literary scene in 2009 with his critically lauded memoir Tattoo Machine: Tall Tales, True Stories, and My Life in Ink filled with stories from his twenty-year career as a tattoo artist in the Pacific Northwest. Johnson is now a full-time writer, artist, and musician. He is the author of a modern twist on a werewolf tale, Everything under the Moon; the Darby Holland crime series novels, Lucky Supreme and A Long Crazy Burn; and the offbeat noir-with-heart tale, Knottspeed.