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Catalina Eddy
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Catalina Eddy
A Novel in Three Decades
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"Daniel Pyne flips all the standards upside-down with Catalina Eddy and in the process delivers a classic California noir — times three. This is Pyne's masterpiece. I guarantee no reader will go wanting."
–Michael Connelly

Times may change, but crimes never do, and neither do the people who investigate them. A collection of three loosely connected crime novellas, each set in a distinct era, Catalina Eddy is a gritty, hard-boiled exploration into the immutable police underworld of Southern California. In The Big Empty, an obstinate Los Angeles detective investigates the murder of his estranged wife while fears of nuclear war and Communism grip the nation; in Losertown, a mid-career attorney in San Diego chases down a legendary drug kingpin but chafes against the Reagan Revolution policies of his new boss; and in Portuguese Bend, set in the present day, an undercover cop is paralyzed in a gunfight but determined to solve what may be her last case as a police officer in Long Beach. They are all, in one way or another, stuck in dreary endless loops of love, murder, and the quest for clarity, release, and redemption.
Reminiscent of James Ellroy's grittiness and Raymond Chandler's dark wit, Catalina Eddy is Daniel Pyne's clever homage to—and skillful deconstruction of—traditional noir storytelling. Moody, enthralling, and keenly imagined, Catalina Eddy evokes the characters and ambiance of a singular, peculiar landscape with cinematic flair.
"Daniel Pyne flips all the standards upside-down with Catalina Eddy and in the process delivers a classic California noir — times three. This is Pyne's masterpiece. I guarantee no reader will go wanting."
–Michael Connelly

Times may change, but crimes never do, and neither do the people who investigate them. A collection of three loosely connected crime novellas, each set in a distinct era, Catalina Eddy is a gritty, hard-boiled exploration into the immutable police underworld of Southern California. In The Big Empty, an obstinate Los Angeles detective investigates the murder of his estranged wife while fears of nuclear war and Communism grip the nation; in Losertown, a mid-career attorney in San Diego chases down a legendary drug kingpin but chafes against the Reagan Revolution policies of his new boss; and in Portuguese Bend, set in the present day, an undercover cop is paralyzed in a gunfight but determined to solve what may be her last case as a police officer in Long Beach. They are all, in one way or another, stuck in dreary endless loops of love, murder, and the quest for clarity, release, and redemption.
Reminiscent of James Ellroy's grittiness and Raymond Chandler's dark wit, Catalina Eddy is Daniel Pyne's clever homage to—and skillful deconstruction of—traditional noir storytelling. Moody, enthralling, and keenly imagined, Catalina Eddy evokes the characters and ambiance of a singular, peculiar landscape with cinematic flair.
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  • From the book ***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected copy proof***

    Copyright © 2017 Daniel Pyne

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    THIS NUCLEAR EXPLOSION was unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. Bigger than Fat Boy. More terrifying than Little Man. A dazzling flash of light, a bright-blooming fast- growing impossibly mushrooming billowing monster of dust and debris, larger and larger, rising, at first quaint on the horizon and simply surreal and then, somehow, taking on the quality of death itself; the proportion of scale so out of whack, the dumb-dawning understanding that what you are watching is a window into extinction, not the fucking apple in the fucking tree in the garden with the snake, but the thing that should never have happened, the doorway you didn't open.

    His angular face a shimmering transparent reflection with Hollywood Boulevard rippling behind it, the detective stares through plate glass at newsreel footage of the Castle Bravo nu- clear test on Bikini Atoll, crisply wrought on a brand-new Philco television; broadcast, as a matter of fact, on half a dozen new mahogany Philco console televisions stacked like crackerbox apartments in the Nicholson's Appliances sidewalk window dis- play, the broadcaster's narration quavering gravely down from the sidewalk PA speaker.

    Empty sky.

    A pale sparkling sea.

    Fingerlets of land in that water: dark, insubstantial smears on a mythomorphic multiform black-and-white Mark Rothko of a fucking horizon.

    Or something.

    WHOOoom. There it goes.

    Breathtaking.

    ". . . A thousand times more powerful than the A-bomb dropped on Hiroshima . . ."

    Which is, what, supposed to be comforting?

    And Behold I come quickly: to every man according as his work shall be.

    It's beyond words—

    Alpha and Omega, I am the beginning and the end, the first and the last. So you better get on the stick

    —The hellcloud's cataclysm keeps rolling, roiling, rising.

    WHILE HE'S PLEASANT to look at, the detective is not in any way pretty; cool but not cold; youthful, but not callow; shrewd, but not smart enough to avoid the trouble that invariably will find him. Dove gray drapes his narrow frame, hat, white cotton shirt, stark black tie: the kind of guy you want your daughter once to fall in love with. But not marry.

    "What have they done?"

    He turns his back on the televised atomic test and levels slate eyes on the young mother, a girl still, nineteen going on forty, bum-rushing an adult world she is not nearly prepared for; pleated skirt and sensible saddle shoes, pushing a plump baby in a carriage, she has arrested her stroll and stares past him, trans- fixed, horrified by what she's just seen unfold on the cathode-ray screens. Tears stream down her cheeks.

    "I just keep asking myself. What have they done to our world?"

    "Even they don't know, ma'am." It's a mystery the detective won't be solving.

    For without are dogs. He keeps recalling, for some reason, sermon fragments from sitting sleepy beside his mom at Sunday service, in the tumble to war, when he still was trying to believe it. And sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

    In other words, pretty much everybody, the detective thinks. But oh well.

    He offers the young woman his handkerchief: white cotton with his embroidered initials, RL—Rylan Lovely. There's a stack of them, cleaned and pressed and folded in the top drawer of the bureau back in his room.

    Lovely tips his hat and waits for a rattling Red Car line to pass before continuing on his...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from January 30, 2017
    Three loosely connected novellas, each focused on a homicide case, make up this gritty, darkly witty, and often bitter California noir from Pyne (Fifty Mice). In “The Big Empty,” set in Hollywood in June 1954, PI Rylan Lovely, an Army vet, investigates the murder of the ex-wife who betrayed him with his blind best friend; along the way, Lovely rescues a child, Gilbert Kirby. In “Losertown,” set in San Diego in June 1987, Kirby, now an assistant U.S. attorney, is trapped between a politically appointed boss, Sabrina Colter, “somebody’s kid sister crossed with a poisonous snake,” and his lover, FBI agent Tina Z, as they attempt to trap a drug lord. Kirby never knows that he’s the father of Tina’s Marine daughter, Willa, who’s arrested for killing her husband in “Portuguese Bend,” set in Long Beach in June 2016. Paralyzed homicide detective Riley McCluggage and freelance photographer Finn Miller try to crack the case. Pyne’s wounded characters walk their mean streets honorably in this compelling account of attempts to find sense in a senseless world. Agent: Victoria Sanders: Victoria Sanders & Associates.

  • Kirkus

    February 1, 2017
    The Catalina Eddy sets in, and lust, greed, racism, and corruption come ashore.Like the Santa Ana wind, the Catalina Eddy can affect behavior and attitude. The "June gloom" it brings is the background of these three linked novellas. The first begins with a bang: the first thermonuclear test in 1954. It then follows PI Rylan Lovely (ex-OSS and -CIA operative) through 1950s Los Angeles as he unravels the mystery of his estranged wife's death. Framed initially in somewhat radioactive prose ("The quiet is harshed by crickets"), the tale settles in and elements of racism, corruption, government secrecy, and misogyny are incorporated. This novella and the subsequent ones, which are set in San Diego in 1987 and 2016, are loosely linked: a child from the first appears as Assistant U.S. Attorney Gil Kirby in the second, and the daughter of Kirby's FBI partner becomes a falsely accused murderer in the third. The children are believable characters, but their reappearance as adults seems more coincidental than inevitable. Kirby is pressured by the new DA, a Reagan appointee, to dig up dirt on San Diego's popular, progressive mayor; cartels are involved and Mexicans demeaned; the regular, if not the proper, course of justice is perverted. In the third novella, Finn Miller, a crime-scene photographer, becomes entangled both professionally and personally with undercover police officer Riley McCluggage and her efforts to exonerate a stoic Marine, Willa Ko, who is accused of shooting her husband. All three stories sustain noir conventions: smart, smart-aleck male main characters; women menaced by corrupt and powerful men; daunting weather; a staccato prose style; and an existential attitude. The stories end, mostly, happily (at least for the survivors), and ultimately hope is affirmed despite depressing meteorological conditions. Overall, three engaging and satisfying adventures. A worthy addition to the shelf, between "noir" and now.

    COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Library Journal

    February 15, 2017

    Taking its cue from the unique California weather phenomena created by an offshore vortex that leads to low-lying inland fog, Pyne's (Fifty Mice) newest book produces its own nebulousness in story and characters. The truth is often opaque, especially when trying to get to the bottom of murder. There are three vaguely connected novellas at play here, all involving protagonists seeking emotional release or at least clarity. Instead, they find themselves being swept up in the monotonous, murky swirls of life, the times they live in and the unpredictability of the human animal. Pyne, who has also written successfully for television (Bosch) and film, turns in a quick-paced trio of gritty yarns with staccato dialog and grim survivors, all seeking redemption in whatever form is allowed. VERDICT This is a fun read for the suspense and gumshoe detective crowd.--Russell Miller, Prescott P.L., AZ

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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