Kind Words

“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


“A fast-paced and funny treat for anyone who loves the movies.”

— Booklist


“Gould’s experience as a film and TV writer and producer is evident in this well-written first novel.  Charlie Waldo would do well on the big screen—he does very well here.”

— Library 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


“Fresh, thought-provoking, and funny, LAST LOOKS is a wild ride through twenty-first century Hollywood–and a thriller with heart.  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


“Howard Michael Gould brings to life the quirky Charlie Waldo, a former cop confined to 100 worldly possessions and the claustrophobia of his own guilt over a former case gone bad.  His journey back to the world is a ride well worth taking.”

–Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times best-selling author