For those who simply can’t buy and read enough books by yours truly, here’s good news: later this month, Event Horizon Press (now located in Sequim, Washington) will publish a collection of my journalism under the title Stealing Cars With The Pros. The book contains 33 stories (some dating clear back to 1996) that touch on various classic noir themes–misfits, rich guys, crooks, beautiful babes, etc. Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:
IN MORE THAN seventeen years of investigative reporting for magazines and newspapers, Anthony Pignataro has written numerous essays about life in the underbellies of seemingly upscale communities: Sacramento and Orange County, California, and on the tropical island paradise of Maui, Hawaii, where he has made his home since 2003 and is editor of the alternative weekly newspaper MauiTime. Pignataro’s steamy Charley Ridgway novels of hardboiled action and noir intrigue, Small Island and The Dead Season (published in 2011 and 2012 by Event Horizon Press), have made their mark with lovers of dark adventures. Stealing Cars With The Pros collects thirty-three true stories that helped inspire his suspenseful fiction writing.
Nick Schou, my friend and former OC Weekly colleague (he’s now the paper’s Managing Editor and has written a couple of great journalistic books himself, including Orange Sunshine, his latest) agreed to write a foreword for the book. As usual, he was way too generous, but I was late getting the manuscript to my publisher so I just went with what Nick wrote.
To be honest, I have no idea who would read such a book. But it should be available at the end of this month or early February. I’ll pass on more details as they come available.