Kind Words

about PAY OR PLAY:

“Classy… a joy to read… a master entertainer.”

— Booklist

“Gould pithily slips in loads of relevant details about homelessness, consumerism, and waste on the way to the satisfying ending.  Readers will want to see a lot more of the obsessively virtuous Waldo.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Gould has re-imagined and contemporized the stereotypical gumshoe by creating a character with new-age eccentricities in old-school dilemmas…. Gould is a first-class writer highly adept at keeping the plot moving.  The players are menacing, and the loose ends are left untied until the very last moment.”

— The U.S. Review of Books

“This whimsical life-in-L.A. satire is really a killer private eye thriller that will have fans begging for more.”

— Bookreporter


“Howard Michael Gould has shown to be one of the freshest voices on the crime thriller scene in years, and his latest, BELOW THE LINE, is a fun, twisting read that proves his series has a long, bright future ahead of it.”

— The Real Book Spy

“Rollicking… the entertaining characters are enough to keep readers turning the pages.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Gould’s offbeat second novel all but assures his series has legs.”

— Kirkus

“If you crave relief from all of the snarling, hucksterism, pomposity, lying, cheating, sniffing, scratching and sneering that passes for public discourse these days, read this novel… It’ll leave you laughing until you get the hiccups.”

— Mysterious Book Report


“Some books are just plain fun, sidesplitting in the case of Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey.  And now… we can add Howard Michael Gould to that list.  The relentlessly entertaining LAST LOOKS actually resembles the work of Michael Connelly more than Hiaasen or Dorsey, its lightness wrought by the colorful Hollywood grotesques in a manner that would make Nathanael West (THE DAY OF THE LOCUST) proud.”

— Providence Journal

“Howard Michael Gould’s remarkable debut thriller is not to be missed.”

–Harlan Coben, New York Times #1 best-selling author

“What a joy, amid all the bland, usual suspects flooding the crime genre, to discover a true standout.  Charlie Waldo, the scruffy, eco-maniacal protagonist of LAST LOOKS, is one of the most eccentric and compelling heroes to appear on the literary scene in—well, forever.  I loved this book and recommend it with all my heart.”

–William Kent Krueger, New York Times best-selling author

“Charlie Waldo is the best reluctant PI to hit the streets of L.A. in years.”

–Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author of INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE

“LAST LOOKS is a fun, fast, and quirky take on the essential depravity of modern society in general, and Hollywood in particular.  Howard Michael Gould is both thoughtful and hilarious, and I can’t wait to see what he does next.”

–Nick Petrie, author of LIGHT IT UP and other books in the award-winning, best-selling Peter Ash series

“A wild, madcap homage to and satire of the Hollywood noir thriller.  Gould, an accomplished screenwriter and showrunner, knows how to keep it fast, smart, and funny.”

— Philadelphia Inquirer

“The plot is good and the protagonist is even better.  It’s fast, funny, and well worth a sequel.”

— Kirkus (starred review)


— Wall Street Journal

“I stumbled onto LAST LOOKS and felt almost as though I’d been rewarded with an undiscovered collaboration between Elmore Leonard, George Carlin, and Tom Waits.”

–reader e-mail