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A Lee Malone Adventure

        by Pat Nolan


Deep in the redwood wilds along the Corkscrew River, someone is shooting neighborhood dogs. The year is 1985 and Lee Malone, former fashion model, queen of the runways from Paris to Milan, once dubbed the most beautiful woman in the world, now a part-time reporter for The Corkscrew County Grapevine, is looking for a story to sink her teeth into. When Lee finds the owner of Kelly’s Seaside Resort brutally murdered, it leads her on an adventure that includes a mysterious gray van, another murder, extortion, pornography, sex slavery, and a shadowy organization of militant feminists known as SAPHO.  In the process, Lee Malone’s notorious past catches up with her.  
The Last Resort is a rollicking imaginative romp in the neo-pulp hard boiled genre told with the succinct directness of a Hammett, the witty hyperbole and lush locales of a Chandler, as well as a sly nod to Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys adventures.  

  August 2012 ~ $19.99 ~ 212 pages ~ Paper~ ISBN 978-0-9840310-2-3

 Sample Chapters

   Chapter Six Runway Past   Chapter Twenty Two Naked Blade

Praise for The Last Resort

“Set in 1985 Northern California, The Last Resort is an audacious neo-pulp noir.  Lee Malone, an amateur sleuth, must operate sans the usual PI anonymity, for her scandalous past as celebrity model guarantees recognition. When her search for a murderer leads her into outback hustles and corporate rackets, some unsavory crimes, criminals and conspiracies are lying in wait.”
− Keith Abbott, Professor, Naropa University, and author of Downstream From Trout Fishing In America,  A Memoir of Richard Brautigan

“I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun reading a book.  I read The Last Resort slowly, savoring each chapter. . .allowing the previous chapter’s outrageous plot twist to settle in.  Pat Nolan was completely successful at suspending my disbelief. . . keeping things right at that edge.
— Peter Andrews, radio host of
OFF THE SHELF on KGGV 95.1 FM  (Read the entirety of Peter’s review)

“. . .chick lit for guys. . . .”
anonymous correspondent

“Pat Nolan’s Last Resort puts his gun in the right hands–a woman’s–with authority and harmful intent.  Get ready to hit the deck!”
− Barry Gifford, author of Imagining Paradise and Wild At Heart

“. . .damned skillful and witty. . . zany plot offset by delicate descriptions of the coastal scenery and wonderful lances of wit about character types.”
Eric Johnson, poet and master printer, Iota Press

There’s an awful lot to praise about Pat Nolan’s new book THE LAST RESORT, but the top thing for me is the grace and fire and sheer fluency of Nolan’s prose. When I think of the current generation of so-called American master novelists, their prose (with maybe the exceptions of David Foster Wallace and Bill Vollmann) goes clunkety-clunkety-clunk. Nolan’s prose races past almost the whole lot of them like a Ducati on full throttle. Add to this the fact that he pulls off one of the most difficult feats for a fiction writer—a male writing convincingly from the point of view of a female—and that he captures the terrain, towns, and people of northern California better than I’ve ever seen them captured in print, and you’ll know why I literally couldn’t put the book down.


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ON THE ROAD TO LAS CRUCES; Being A Novel Account of The Last Day In The Life of A Legendary Western Lawman

by Pat Nolan

Available Now from Nualláin House, Publishers  Box 798 Monte Rio, CA 95462   $16.99 + $5.00 shipping and handling

Pat Nolan’s first published novel, On The Road To Last Cruces; Being A Novel Account of The Last Day In The Life of A Legendary Western Lawman is the story of youthful bravado and an old man’s regret, and as much a dusty tale of buffalo hunts and shoot-outs as a politically driven “whodunit.”

Steeped in the lore of Western radio dramas, cliff-hanging serials, B Oaters, pulp shoot-em ups, and a steady diet of prime-time horse operas, it seems only fitting that Pat Nolan would have distilled his adolescent exposure into a seminal prose of understatement.  The violence in a man’s life, linked by subtle segues, passes as something not particularly unusual.  The consequences are not always evident on a path drawn by blind fate.  Nor is the identity of the Western lawman immediately apparent, as is obviously the author’s intent.  For those familiar with gunfighter sagas, catching the drift will be easy.

Pat Nolan starts right off by telling us what is going to happen, he then lays out the circumstances to what is about to happen, and finally we are privy to the last moment and its irresolution. Along the way, when the tools of law include deadly force, there are bound to be killings.  However there are no showdowns, no heroics, no fancy horsemanship, no arduous adversity, merely pain and regret, bitterness and rancor, and the consequences of another misstep.  It is a tragedy that lends itself to allegory.  It is lament as well as praise for a misunderstood legend of the Southwest.

            On The Road To Las Cruces is a work of fiction tethered loosely to historical fact.  It is the story of the relationship between two men, one garrulous, the other taciturn, the Mutt and Jeff of the old Southwest, and the tradition of storytelling and the authoring of ‘true’ accounts.  What is related on the road to Las Cruces is as much a retelling of some history as it is how such a retelling might come about, and is represented in the manner of a tall tale, the deadpan details of a crime story, melodrama, and a conspiracy to murder.

November, 2011 ~ $16.99 ~ 154 pages ~  978-0-9840310-1-6

Sample Chapters On The Road To Las Cruces Chapter 6  On The Road To Las Cruces Chapter 21   Author’s Note                       

“. . . a real old-fashioned Western.  Page-turner.  There are all sorts of funny sly mixes in the story, good Nolan humor, great repartee. . . .”
– Andrei Codrescu, NPR commentator and author of Whatever Gets You Through The Night.

“Pat Nolan is not only one of our finest living poets. . . but now surprises with a prose paean to the West.  Whatever Pat writes deserves to be read and remembered.”
– Barry Gifford, author of Wild At Heart and Sailor And Lula               

“. . . delight in the narrative style.  [T]ruly vivid. . . .  The book is damn good.”
– Eric Johnson, poet and master printer, Iota Press

“Pat Nolan has added a fresh chapter to our Western lore with this fine, crackling tale.”
– Bart Schneider, author of Nameless Dame and The Man In The Blizzard

“On the Road to Las Cruces takes us on a twilight journey through frontier history.  Nolan’s adroit and stylish prose intertwines death, betrayal, greed and conspiracy as each claims its victims.”
– Keith Abbott, author of Downstream From Trout Fishing In America