Fiction. "A good mystery is a dialogue with a reader, a city, a certain time in history, an exploration of a people's attitude towards humanity, socialmores, the downtrodden, the vulnerable. Set in San Francisco, Goins' debut novel exhibits author's control, talent and insight in the right mix. His canvas, concerns, his prose, lyrical attimes, penetrating, unsettling often, will make it hard for the reader to put the book down."—Moazzam Sheikh
John Goins was born in Washington, DC. He has worked as a dishwasher, library clerk, gardener, English teacher in Istanbul, telephone solicitor, phlebotomist and lab assistant. He also wrote briefly for the Central City Extra, "a monthly newspaper for the Civic Center, Tenderloin, and Sixth St. Corridor." He lives and writes in San Francisco, where he has resided since 1985. He published A PORTRAIT IN THE TENDERLOIN, also featuring reporter Bill Haywood, with Ithuriel's Spear in 2013.
Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA