Named one of the best Mysteries of the Year by the Boston Globe
"Ash's determined sleuthing and the book's deft grasp of the oddball hippie milieu combine to provide persuasive entertainment."
"Hart delivers a suspenseful, gritty third book in the Ash McKenna series that admirers of the Southern grit lit tradition of Daniel Woodrell will enjoy. Readers of David Joy’s Where All Light Tends To Go will appreciate the rural setting in this novel, which can be read as a stand-alone."
"Lively...The story zigs and zags and then heads off in yet another direction, keeping one step ahead of the reader until it ends up in an unexpected but satisfying spot."
"The results are by turns loopy, action-packed, droll, and believable."
"Excellent." Seattle Review of Books
"Ash is truly fighting a war with himself on two different fronts...Each revelation, each symptom, is revealed in an organic manner that reads honest and true. Just go out and buy it."
"Like any good book, things aren’t what they seem on the surface...a complex story where the line between the good guys and the bad guys is blurry, where the tough people are full of compassion and the seemingly innocent are willing to threaten or worse to get what they want. And the results reflect that reality."
Praise for CITY OF ROSE
"CITY OF ROSE has my favorite kind of hero, a tough guy romantic with a smart mouth and a dark past. Terrifically written, and populated with rich characters, this book had me by the throat from page one."
Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of ONE KICK and HEARTSICK
CITY OF ROSE, Rob Hart's latest Ash McKenna novel, is as sharp as the devil himself. Hart is a master storyteller who can turn a city into just as vital as any flesh and blood character.”
Brian Panowich, author of BULL MOUNTAIN
"Well executed and strikes an appealing balance, rough without being sadistic, gritty without being sordid. ...an engaging read...characterized by Hart's quick and witty turns of phrase."
"Appealing...readers will enjoy (Hart's) playful, jaded hero and twisty plot."
"CITY OF ROSE is briskly told, and Ash’s arch, loopy narration is often very funny. It’s been a good season for thrillers with a touch of comedy."
"CITY OF ROSE is as good as hoped...the sharp voice covers barely the raw emotion roiling within Ash as he searches for a friend's missing girl, learning parts of Portland he'd rather not see because in fact, he knows the violence within them all too well."
Sarah Weinman, editor of WOMEN CRIME WRITERS and TROUBLED DAUGHTERS, TWISTED WIVES
Praise for NEW YORKED
"The New York of NEW YORKED is a place of heartbreak and murder that I highly recommend you visit." Josh Bazell, author of BEAT THE REAPER
"Outstanding...I loved this novel. It may be the most quixotic hard-boiled I've read in ages. With clever nods to Chandler and lots of muscular metaphors, Hart has written an achingly lovely farewell to one man's past."
"Hart's debut is a terse, grim, gritty, quickly moving noir that deftly explores post-9/11 New York...Ash is a wrecking ball of an investigator, a direct descendant of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer."
"Edgy... relentless pacing and strong sense of place." Publishers Weekly
"There are good action scenes, nice offbeat characters, but what lingers is the swoony dialogue... Noir with a tingle of doomed but sweet romance." Booklist
"A bloody valentine to a New York fast disappearing, this debut is an urban noir populated with memorable characters."
"A hard-boiled crime novelist in the vein of greats like Dashiell Hammett and James M. Cain, not to mention modern masters like Lawrence Block and Dennis Lehane."
Staten Island Advance
“The literary version of THE WARRIORS.” Lyndsay Faye, author of THE GODS OF GOTHAM
"One part Dennis Lehane, one part Lee Child, and one part pure Rob Hart." Jenny Milchman, author of COVER OF SNOW and RUIN FALLS
"With a deft eye for the dirt under its polished fingernails, Rob Hart finds the rotten core inside today's Big Apple." Todd Robinson, author of THE HARD BOUNCE and editor of THUGLIT
"New York is a verb, and the chase is on. You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough." Suzy Vitello, author of THE MOMENT BEFORE and THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES
“A masterful debut
this is a book that sticks with you.” CrimeSpree Magazine
"Clever, witty, full of attitudebut never full of itselfRob Hart’s debut novel doesn’t waste a syllable." David Corbett, author of THE DEVIL'S REDHEAD and BLOOD OF PARADISE
"Like a sucker punch to the guts before you turn the first page." Matthew McBride, author of FRANK SINATRA IN A BLENDER and A SWOLLEN RED SUN
Sometime detective Ash McKenna, not exactly on the run but once again headed away from stuff rather than toward it, finds that you really can’t go home again if your home is a Georgia commune.Even though he’s put a rush on it, the new passport that’s going to take Ash far away from Portland and his latest brush with violent death (City of Rose, 2016, etc.) won’t be ready for two weeks. For lack of a better choice, he hitchhikes to South Village, the alternative community he used to call his own. The timing couldn’t be better for the arrival of an unlicensed private eye, for a resident called Crusty Pete has just fallen to his death from a rope bridge, and it looks to Ash as if his death wasn’t an accident. It also looks as if Pete was up to no good. His meager personal effects include a much-marked-up arson manual, and he seems to have been sending coded messages outside the commune. Tibo, the owner and leader of South Village, reminds Ash that skinny, clueless Gideon, not him, is the security chief, but nothing about Gideon makes Ash feel more secure. So he quietly arranges to barter forbidden meals of bacon for access to a computer he can use to get help from his friend Bombay. And after a team from the FBI, or maybe some other equally malevolent federal agency, swoops down to grab Tibo and Ash—along with longtime residents Cannabelle, Magda, Katashi, Job, Aesop, and Marx—and ply them with questions about the Soldiers of Gaia, he’s ready to take more aggressive action, even if it means unmasking the community’s fondest myths about itself. Hart takes a good deal off the intensity of his hero’s first two adventures. The results are by turns loopy, action-packed, droll, and believable but never exactly compelling.