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The Loneliest Places

To save his business, Los Angeles private investigator Ellis Dunaway searches for a missing smuggler who works for a vicious cartel. When Ellis learns his father was also investigating the cartel before his mysterious death, the case leads him to confront the secrets of his unresolved past.

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The Loneliest Places

"The Loneliest Places isn't just a terrific debut, it's authentic L.A. noir."
- Joseph Schneider, critically acclaimed author of the Detective Tully Jarsdel mysteries

"Crisp, wry, fleet-moving prose... [A] promising series starter."
- BookLife

"A gritty, assured mystery debut, right up to its satisfying final notes."
- Kirkus Reviews

"A smart, sharp, entertaining, and exhilarating debut that tells a darkly humorous noir story about the seedy underbelly of glamorous modern-day Los Angeles."

"An atmospheric, suspenseful and wistful work of L.A. noir. Recommended for fans of Lisa Gray and Michael Connelly."

"Similar to the work of James Ellroy... The Loneliest Places is a modern slice of hardboiled noir set in a version of L.A. that is both familiarly terrible and unexpectedly uplifting."
Independent Book Review

"★★★★ A mesmerizing exploration of one man's journey through the underworld of a city and his own inner demons."
Literary Titan

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Keith holds an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and has exhibited internationally. He has published art criticism in Carla, and fiction in Angel City Review and Levee Magazine. His writing is also featured in Faith Wilding's Fearful Symmetries from Intellect Books, Ltd.

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The Loneliest Places

Years since inheriting his famous father's private investigation agency, Ellis Dunaway is a man out of time. He is also out of money, clients, and control of his drug habit.

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