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“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


“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 slyly funny debut.”

— Seattle Times, best thrillers of 2018 roundup


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

— Booklist


“Gould has recently turned his hand to detective fiction… one can only wish that he had done so before now.  Original and engrossing… will keep you reading nonstop for hours.”

— Bookreporter


“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


“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