Acclaim Growing for Haight-Ashbury Crime Novel

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I’d like to offer sincere thanks to Canadian author and explorer Ken McGoogan for the kind review he’s posted on his website.

I’m absolutely thrilled that such an accomplished author has recognized The Haight. Aside from his ground-breaking non-fiction, McGoogan penned the novel Kerouac’s Ghost, showing he’s as obsessed with the era as I am. He actually hitchhiked into Haight-Ashbury in 1966 and stuck around for a year.

McGoogan writes that The Haight is “Highly recommended for those who enjoy a cracking good detective story -- or for anyone who remembers when the Haight was the centre of the universe.”

The review on McGoogan’s website is the latest indication that The Haight is gathering steam among lovers of crime fiction. The book has been out for less than two months, and the novel has already got nine reviews on Amazon. All of them are five stars.

There are two common themes that run through many of the reviews. First, several readers said they couldn’t put the book down. The Haight tells the story of Detective Jimmy Spracklin trying to find the killer of an artist in Haight-Ashbury in 1968, while searching for his run-away stepdaughter. It’s a story that seems to have captured readers’ attention.

The second thing readers are saying is they’re eagerly awaiting Book 2 in the series. And I’m working on it with the goal of finishing it up this year.

I’m starting to hear from bookstores in the Bay area, who say the book is selling well. On Oct. 4, I’ll be visiting one of the best independent bookstores in San Francisco – Borderlands Books. I will be signing books at the store in the Mission District. If you’re in San Francisco, stop by and say hello. Learn more about the Whodunnit with Hippies.


Peter Moreira