The Last King of California

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By Jordan Harper

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$24.99 CAD

Jordan Harper's "darkly irresistible" novel, a tragic, Hamlet-esque noir for readers of S.A. Cosby and Don Winslow, now available for the first time in the United States. (Megan Abbott)
This stirring and brutal bildungsroman tells the story of young Luke Crosswhite, who after years apart from his criminal family returns to their flock deep in the California desert. Luke’s father is serving time for a brutal murder that Luke himself witnessed; now, his uncle vies for power and rival biker gangs encroach on the family’s various criminal enterprises. A sensitive boy grown hard man, Luke navigates the vicious pressures of “home,” and the loyalties to his old friend, Cassie, who has hatched a scheme with her boyfriend Pretty Baby to escape the control of the gang, the Combine. Hanging over these desperate, lonesome parties is the gang’s motto, tattooed indelibly across the heart: Blood is Love.
The Last King of California is a story of the West unlike any you will read.
"When I say The Last King of California subverts the stereotypical American Outlaw Mythos, it's the highest praise I can give it. No one is thinking deeper about what crime fiction is than Jordan Harper."— S. A. Cosby
"Burns bright and fast"— Peter Swanson
"Darkly irresistible" — Megan Abbott
"Urgent and beautiful" — Lauren Beukes


  • "Fast-paced and gritty"
    Amy Engel
  • "Truly astounding"
    Robin Wasserman
  • "'Easily one of the best things I'll read this year. Visceral and violent. An exploration o family and loyalty. Reads like poetry. Bravo."
    Chris McDonald
  • "[A] gripping and emotional journey . . . Authors paint pictures with words, and like the Mona Lisa or Van Gogh's Sunflowers, some of their books are instant masterpieces sure to inspire readers and elicit envy from fellow wordsmiths. The Last King of California is simply that good. Jordan Harper wields words like weapons . . . It is like poetry on the page."
    BoloBooks Top Read of 2022
  • "'Blistering, brutal, with a big beating (black) heart, The Last King of California confirms Harper as one of the finest writers of noir today, with what's easily a best-of-the-year book."
    James. D. F. Hannah, Shamus-winning author of the Henry Malone novels

On Sale
Nov 19, 2024
Page Count
304 pages
Mulholland Books

Jordan Harper

About the Author

Jordan Harper is the author of Everybody Knows, the Edgar-Award winning She Rides Shotgun and Love and Other Wounds. Born and educated in Missouri, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a writer and producer for television. 

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