Pub Date 26 Jun 2017
After being beaten and left for dead, Steven finds himself stranded alongside the 101 in a small Northern California town. When a mysterious stranger named Quinn offers a hand in exchange for help reuniting with his daughter in San Francisco, Steven gets in the car and begins a journey from which there is no return.
Quinn has an agenda all his own and he's unleashing vengeance at each stop along his path. With a coked-up sadist ex-cop chasing Quinn, and two mismatched small town cops chasing the ex-cop, Steven is unaware of the violent tempest brewing.
Corrupt cops and death-dealing gangsters manipulate the maze each of them must navigate to get to the one thing they're all after: Teresa, the girl holding the secret that will rip open a decades-old scandal and scorch San Francisco's City Hall.
Steven finds Teresa homeless and strung out as their pursuers close in and bodies begin to pile high on the Bay Area's back streets. Hand in hand Steven and Teresa lead the mad parade of desperate men to the edge of the void.
American Static is a fast paced crime thriller with a mystery woven in. It's played out against the backdrop of Northern California's wine country, Oakland's mean streets, and San Francisco's peaks and alleys, written by one of its favorite sons, a man who knows the underbelly of the city like no one else. American Static's prose has been compared to Elmore Leonard, Richard Price, and Don Winslow.
"An absorbing and highly charged story of violent payback with considerable collateral damage."
"American Static is an exciting rush of a book, and the sense of menace it creates from its mix of damaged people is constant and palpable."
“Tom Pitts has been writing about life on San Francisco’s avenues for a while. Hustle, republished in 2016, is particularly good. American Static is a welcome return. There are a handful of American authors pushing the boundaries of noir crime including Joe Clifford (recently nominated for an Edgar), Les Edgerton and Tom Pitts, along with the publisher of this novel, Down and Out Books. All producing edgy, dark and gritty material. Street level stuff with a hard edge.
American Static is initially a slow burn tale. There’s clearly something very wrong with Quinn. In fact everyone seemingly has something to hide in American Static. Only Steven is an innocent… well, apart from being a drug trafficker. When Quinn’s murderous intent becomes clear, what follows is a cleverly constructed cat and mouse trawl around the seedier parts of San Francisco, with Teresa the prize. Pitts slowly parcels out the revelations until a hugely satisfying conclusion.
The characters are all really well drawn, the utterly sociopathic Quinn being the best. San Francisco and its grimy undertone make for an excellent backdrop against which the story plays. A really great novel which fans of this particular genre should lap up.”
—Crime Fiction Lover