My summer reading: Lisa Brackmann's new novel: GO-BETWEEN. Can't wait. Here's what people are saying.
“Nothing is as it seems in this terrific noir tale that channels Richard Stark’s stories. Emily (not her real name) is involved in a scheme involving donated money (not really donated) and a very bad guy named Gary.”
—Carole E. Barrowman, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “Hottest Summer Books” selection
“The edgy plot never lets up, touching on the war on drugs, for-profit prisons, and nefarious nonprofits.”
A tale of secret identities, for-profit prisons and the all-too-real war on drugs, this modern thriller is a great addition to any suspense lover’s bookshelf.
–Brit+Co, 13 Must-Reads for July
"Big-money prisons, shady government deals, and the cannabis trade come together in Lisa Brackmann's Go-Between. If you believe in conspiracy theories, this is the book for you. And if you don't, it might make you a believer."
“Go-Between isn’t just the kind of book you can’t put down until you finish—it’s the kind of book you don’t want to let go of once you’re done: The characters draw you in, the plot hurtles you along, and every sentence crackles with wit. With Go-Between Lisa Brackmann proves, once again, that she’s one of the best in the business.”
—Elizabeth Little, award-winning author of Dear Daughter
“Lisa Brackmann’s Go-Between pits the supporters of legalized marijuana and sentencing reform against the shadowy forces of the multi-billion dollar private prison industry, and with a deft sleight of hand, she transforms powerful social insight into a nerve-zapping luge run of lies, murder, dirty politics, drug smuggling, love, betrayal and black ops run amok.”
—Craig Faustus Buck, author of Go Down Hard
“A terrifying political thriller with a powerful message. Brackmann’s characters, from cynical Michelle to villainous Gary to damaged Caitlin, are layered and relatable. A compelling read and a thought-provoking story about the dangers of a broken system.”
—Mette Ivie Harrison, author of The Bishop’s Wife
“I can’t dole out enough praise for Lisa Brackmann: she not only writes page-turning thrillers as well as anybody in the business, but her stories invariably spin off the populist strain I have dubbed “red noir,” a type of hard-boiled fiction that focuses on the real criminals in our society: crooked politicians and police, corrupt governmental agencies and the huge corporations that pull the strings to get with they want, without regard to what the public needs.
Go-Between, Brackmann’s latest, is up to its throat in the rats that infest modern American society and the rest of the post-industrial world. It is absolutely gripping and deserves a spot on the bookshelf right next to Hammett’s The Glass Key and Red Harvest, two of the most noteworthy entries in this subgenera…Michelle Mason is a marvelous heroine.’
–Pulp Hack Confessions
“The twists and turns start immediately and carry on until the final pages...Go-between features a range of topics and backdrops, from a northern California riddled with marijuana dealings of legal and illegal sorts...for-profit prisons and state-run ones, nonprofits that may or may not be sinister fronts for corporate greed, and the failure of wealth and privilege to protect against the encroachment of violence and misery.”
–International Noir Fiction
"Subtle but satisfying."
Emily has a pretty good life in Northern California, running her own bistro and living with volunteer firefighter Jeff. Maybe not the life she’d planned, but a pretty good one all the same.
Especially after what happened in Mexico.
She thought she’d escaped from the wreckage of her old life. She thought she was safe.
She was wrong.
When an old enemy tracks her down and blackmails her into helping him, Emily knows it will take everything she has to survive—including unraveling the puzzle of why he wants her to spy on “Safer America,” a political advocacy group lobbying for “tough on crime” measures.
She quickly discovers that “Safer America” is not what it seems.
But then, neither is Emily.