Here’ all the formal stuff about the signing, but all that really matters is we’ve locked up Rob Hart for another book. And not just any book, but a very, very cool book. Just go read the synopsis below. It’s a stripper western! This is cool.
Rob Hart: “My plan for the Ash McKenna books was both simple and ambitious—a new sub-genre for every book, following this brash and impulsive but well-meaning kid looking for his moral compass. I’m thrilled that the folks at Exhibit A are kind and generous (and insane) enough to put their faith in me for a second installment. In case anyone was wondering, New Yorked is hardboiled, and the sequel, City of Rose, is a western. But like how Road House is a western…”
Bryon Quertermous:“I came to mystery fiction through great series so as I’m building my list I’m always on the lookout for the next great series. When Rob Hart mentioned the idea he had for a sequel to NEW YORKED, I knew I had that great series. I’m proud of Rob and proud to be publishing City of Rose.”
Bree Ogden: “It’s so exciting to know that Ash McKenna’s able to spread his benignant mayhem across the states. He’s the anti-hero that every troubled girl needs in her corner but also the friend she has a maternal instinct for. Although Ash has a lot of growing up to do, he’s that great literary character who gives you all the feels. I’m thrilled that Exhibit A is giving Ash the chance to become the man that Rob Hart needs him to be.”
City Of Rose
Ash McKenna is living in Portland, bearing the scars of his mistakes, working as a bouncer at a vegan strip club. It’s a paradox for someone pursuing a life of non-violence, but given Portland’s genial atmosphere, he hasn’t had to hit anyone in months—and he’s quite happy about that.
So when Cordelia, one of the dancers at the club, asks for help finding her daughter, Ash is hesitant. It doesn’t even sound like a hard gig. The girl, Rose, was taken from daycare by Cordelia’s junkie ex-husband, and she doesn’t want to involve the cops. Compared to what he used to do, it sounds like cake. But he doesn’t want to go back to that life.
A few hours later, he’s tossed in a trunk, put on his knees behind a warehouse, and threatened at gunpoint to stay away from the girl. Instead of scaring him off, it pushes him to take the case. Facing unfamiliar terrain and a desire to keep things bloodless, Ash sets out to get the girl back. The hunt stretches from drug dens on the outskirts of town to the halls of government—and challenges his newfound philosophy of non-violence.
About Rob: ROB HART is the associate publisher at Mysterious Press, the class director at LitReactor, and co-host of LitReactor’s podcast, Unprintable. Previously, he has been a political reporter, the communications director for a politician, and a commissioner for the city of New York. He is previously the author of The Last Safe Place: A Zombie Novella, and his short stories have appeared in Shotgun Honey, Crime Factory, Thuglit, and Needle. His non-fiction has appeared on Salon.com and various blogs.