"'The King of Methlehem' is utterly compelling and so
realistic that you may find yourself crashing -- scratching your arms and
rubbing your bloodshot eyes when you finally put it down in the hour before
dawn. Mark Lindquist has written a taut, stylish and gritty thriller."
-- Jay McInerney, author of "Bright Lights, Big City"
"'The King of Methlehem' is so brutal and honest I could
feel my teeth falling out as I read it. With street-tough prose and astonishing
human insight, Lindquist takes you deep inside the racing, arrhythmic hearts of
tweekers, leaving you bleeding and jonesing for more."
--Will Clarke, author of "The Worthy" and "Lord Vishnu's Love Handles"
"Mark Lindquist's fascinating walk on Tacoma's wild side is
noir for those who came of age in the time of Nirvana."
--Carol Wolper, author of "Mr. Famous" and "The Cigarette Girl"
"Having battled methamphetamine distribution as a
prosecuting attorney, celebrated novelist Lindquist is well situated to write a
thriller about a detective who's chasing down a meth dealer. Lindquist was also
one of People's 100 most eligible bachelors in 2000."
“Lindquist puts his
experience combating the scourge of methamphetamines as a Washington State
prosecutor to good use in his fourth novel, a gripping thriller....The quality
writing and flashes of gallows humor raise this above the usual tale of
good guys vs bad guys.”
"A fine Tacoma writer crafts a taut and tense noir novel
that gives an inside glimpse of the meth lab world, with it elusive kingpins and
its frustrated cops on their trail; draws heavily upon Lindquist's own work as a
trial attorney in the drug unit in the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office.
--Seattle Post Intelligencer
"Let's not get confused by the fact that Lindquist is a
lawyer. The man is a literary genius -- especially true for those of us who have
the attention span and memory to recall the seminal 'Never Mind Nirvana.'...
This book is about reality, folks -- wrestling stranger-than-truth fictions into
another beautiful work of fiction."
--Paul Schrag, Weekly Volcano
"County prosecutor Mike Lawson, a quiet force for law and
order who reads about Zen Buddhism and seeks inner peace, provides the third
voice in this contemporary crime thriller.... Evocative details, such as the
steps necessary to create meth from a mix of cold medicine and automotive
supplies, enmesh us in Howard's mad world right up to the inevitable, satisfying
conclusion. A grim thriller with an insider's view of a deadly epidemic."
"Precise language and resonant facts ... a
thriller about a driven Pierce County cop on the hunt for a meth entrepreneur
who calls himself Howard Schultz, in honor of the Starbucks mogul. The meth king
has a fiendish genius for hairsbreadth escapes, but he is both smart and
half-crazed in his quest to win — just like his police pursuer.
--Tim Appelo, Seattle Times
"Mark Lindquist is a damn
fine writer ... He’s seen addiction up close and has transferred his experience
to the page with a striking clarity that’s hard to watch or look away from."
--Frank Bascombe, Ain'tItCool.com
"A gritty romp through the underbelly of Tacoma and
outlying areas.... Lindquist's ability to shift among the perspectives of
characters representing law enforcement, the courts, and a life of crime creates
a provocative tale with several shades of gray."
--Barbara Llyod McMichael, The Olympian
"The methamphetamine cook
has laid claim to a permanent place in criminal lore — the cross-pollination of
the killer next door and the garage-based entrepreneur makes him a peculiarly
American character. The novelist and drug-crime prosecutor Mark Lindquist
introduces us to a chef among cooks … Howard Schultz.... Like Howard, Lindquist is
best sifting through the grit and the gear of the home labs, with the blenders
and pancake griddles, drain opener and coffee filters, rock salt and lithium
batteries used to elevate garden-variety cold tablets into the powerful,
--New York Times Book Review
"Mark Lindquist's latest, a stylish thriller about a
Pacific Northwest prosecutor battling a crafty drug kingpin, is that rare
page-turner with brains and a racing pulse."
"Lindquist had the fortune or misfortune to
be associated with the literary brat pack of the 80s, and, over the years, his
books have enjoyed blurbs of endorsement from all the big players in that gang:
Tama Janowitz, Bret Easton Ellis and Jay McInerney. When the 80s became the 90s,
Lindquist once again found himself with a view of the zeitgeist. He was living
in Seattle watching the grunge scene develop, out of which came his book Never
Mind Nirvana. Lindquist, who was once named by People magazine as one of the
most eligible bachelors in America, released his latest novel last month: King
of Methlehem. Though continuing Lindquist's fascination with pop culture, this
novel is about speed freaks called tweekers, and draws more than any of his
other work on Lindquist's day job working as a prosecutor in Pierce County and
his life in Tacoma, Washington."
--Richard Abowitz, Los Angeles Times
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