In the middle of a sweltering Los Angeles heat wave, wildfires burn out of control in the Santa Monica mountains
and beyond. When firefighters happen across a body in the wreckage of an Alfa Romeo convertible while battling a blaze,
it's only a matter of time and basic forensics before the apparent accident is upgraded to homicide.
Gregor Tavlin, a southern California celebrity fitness guru, has been murdered.
Andrew Kindler doesn't know anything about it. He only came to LA to start life over fresh. He risked everything to
untangle himself from the mid-levels of an East Coast crime organization, and he has the scars to prove it. He doesn't
intend to acquire more.
But when an LAPD homicide detective pays him a visit, Andrew discovers a few coals still smoldering in the life he's left
An heiress to a health and fitness empire. Her missing brother. A hard-drinking aerobics instructor/infomercial personality
with a weakness for women and snack treats. A private investigator who has yet to master the art of surveillance. A health
club security guard with ambitions. A lovesick public relations man. Somehow, Andrew Kindler finds himself a strand in the
same twisted fuse, which has been sizzling toward combustion since long before he arrived in California.
There's only one thing he knows from experience: everything burns if it gets hot enough.
And everybody has their flash point. ... from the publisher
Sean Doolittle has been winning high praise from crime fiction readers, and Burn will show you why
it's deftly written, tense and intelligent, and bound to make you scramble to find his other work.
Jan Burke, author of Nine
Sean Doolittle is a cult writer for the masses hip, smart and so mordantly funny that the casual reader might be
laughing too hard to realize just how thoughtful Doolittle's work is. Get on the bandwagon now ... Laura Lippman,
author of The Last Place
Sean Doolittle combines wit, good humor and a generosity of spirit rare in mystery fiction to create novels that are
both engrossing and strangely uplifting. He deserves to take his place among the best in the genre.
John Connolly, author of The White Road
Doolittle delivers a briskly plotted, hard-boiled mystery that has its roots in the Elmore Leonard school of dark
comedy. . .an estimable addition to crime fiction.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Characterization is Doolittle's real strength, and his people stay with you ... [a] writer to watch.
John Keenan, Omaha World-Herald
Doolittle writes an exceptionally well-crafted and well-told tale of arson, police work, misplaced zeal, bad
relationships, good relationships, family bonds and, oh yes, exercise videos. ...
Quirky, compelling, intelligent, and funny. ... if you like Elmore Lenoard, do yourself a favor and pick up Burn.
[A] twist-filled crime caper ...
Smooth, tight, fast-paced, addictive, and discernably original. ... [A] scorching meal ...
A dark, exhilerating police procedural ... never eases up until the final page ...
[A] story of fire and searing heat ... clear prose and brisk pacing ... murder, guns, fistfights, stakeouts ...
a pleasure to read. The Drood Review
Doolittle has managed a somewhat genre-bending feat in the mystery realm he's written a feel-good, hard-boiled
mystery; all the classic hard-boiled elements are combined with a sympathetic gentleness of characterization that is
wholly original ... [the] prose is smooth and stylish, combining wit and intelligence into a totally readable narrative.
[A] confident story, interesting characters, and an unblinking look at their hopes, loves, and most importantly, their embarrassments and faults. . .Doolittle is a true Crimedog, and Burn is his thesis. And you can see it all over this nine millimeter of a novel that his best is yet to come."
Plots With Guns
Doolittle expertly weaves [his] themes into a tight plot populated by memorable characters. ...
Having read hardboiled mysteries for over thirty years, it has been exciting to watch young turks become grand masters.
I certainly hope that Sean Doolittle has a long exciting career ... Mystery News
Matthew Worth is a mess. Somewhere between a good cop and a bad screwup, he botched a
marriage and a career. His fellow officers think he’s a joke. His commanders are tired
of cutting him breaks. Even his wife has left him for a flashy homicide detective. Busted
to night patrol at a robbery-prone Omaha supermarket, Worth is doing time, wearing his
uniform and asking shoppers if they want paper or plastic. If that isn’t enough, he
suspects he might be falling for Gwen, the shy checkout girl who may be an even bigger
mess than he is. It couldn’t get any worse. Until it does.
When Gwen comes to him one night scared and desperate for help, Worth discovers just how
far he's willing to go to protect and serve. The next thing he knows, he's driving a
stolen car with a corpse in the trunk, a pistol in the glove box, and no way to turn
back. Everything he doesn’t know could get them killed. And things haven’t even begun
to get messy yet. ... from the publisher
The Cleanup is a wonderful discovery. Tight, taut and tough, this is the work of a
writer who knows the territory inside and out. This is a great read. Michael Connelly
Doolittle has penned a character-driven yet
suspenseful novel about choice and consequence, with a well-crafted lead and a
narrative style that's punchy and sincere. ... [R]eaders looking for a tense crime drama
hold the procedure will enjoy getting inside the head of this well-meaning
sad sack. Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review." Anyone foolish enough to say that the age of pulp fiction ended years
ago need only pick up one of Doolittle's little noir gems. ... Seedy, steamy, quirky, and
fidgety, the author's prose feels like it stepped out of the 1950s. ...
Noir fans will savor this one. Booklist
On a clear autumn LA morning, sitting in the front row of his best friend's funeral,
professional loafer Quince Bishop can't think of anything more depressing than watching
yet another loved one being lowered into the ground—until a band of guerilla
environmentalists crash the ceremony to deliver a lecture on the high cost of
dying in America. One violent impulse later, Quince finds himself up to his waist
in dirt ... and he hasn't even begun to dig himself a hole.
With the help of beautiful funeral-rights advocate Maria Casteneda
not to mention the complicated ambitions of reporter and perennial ex-girlfriend
Melanie Roth Quince learns just how an unscrupulous funeral director can turn
death into a high-class living. In the process, Bishop unwittingly sets himself on a
collision course with two entrepreneurial ex-cons who are hatching a burial plot of
their own. Chaos, confusion, and double-dealing are on the program, and only one thing
is certain: all paths lead to the cemetery. from the publisher
After Quince Bishop gets into a fistfight with eco-activists who disrupt his best friend's funeral, his journalist
ex-girlfriend covers the story and a beautiful funeral-rights advocate gets involved, upending poor Quince's
lackadaisical life. But that's nothing compared to the funeral-biz scams he unearths in Sean Doolittle's uproarious
first novel, Dirt. Publishers Weekly, June 11, 2001
It's very rare for a first novel to be perfect; to have a great story, sparkling writing, interesting layered characters,
a carefully balanced and realized setting, a beautifully modulated pace, and not a single misstep. This first novel comes
very close. ... Doolittle is a writer with a story to tell and the skills to tell it well clearly a writer to watch.
... a really top-notch thriller ... a stumbling, bumbling, lovable anti-hero ... the book is a delight.
Doolittle gives us a great comic-noir romp ... one of the best noir novels of the year. It's a creative and quirky
tour de force. Plots With Guns
Sean Doolittle takes a great deal of time with his characters ... expertly captures the moral and emotional
complexities of trading on the deceased ... [and] balances realism and authenticity with the twists and turns
of a mystery thriller. ... The Reader
In a passionate flurry of curious motives, seedy characters, and a touch of the heroic, Doolittle delivers an A+ effort
that should be considered one of the top crime novels of the year. . .Highly recommended.
Cemetery Dance Magazine
[Doolittle] is indeed very good at what he does.
Truly this is a book that deserves your attention.
Reviewing the Evidence
With likable characters in frequently ridiculous situations, Doolittle has created a novel that is much like life itself,
too strange to be real and too real to be strange, but wonderful none the less.
A rain dog, according to folklore and a Tom Waits song, is a mutt who can't find its way
home because a storm has washed away the trail of familiar scents. Chicago newspaperman
Tom Coleman is drinking his way out of a broken marriage, grieving for his deceased
daughter, when he inherits a backwater canoe-rental business near Valentine, Nebraska.
He returns to his home state to start anew, but it seems more like a dead end. Coleman
confronts family issues, small-town politics, a crooked cop, his first sweetheart, and
the challenge of running a business while passed out drunk on the lawn. His employees
a ne'er-do-well stoner and a disgruntled teen keep things running until one night
when the crooked cop arrives with the flashers on. Coleman smells a story, but he's not
covering this one he's in it. from the publisher
"Lean and mean." Chicago Sun-Times
"A heart-stopping, gut-clenching, eye-opening, brain-tingling effort." Chicago Tribune
"Sean Doolittle is a young writer with serious chops. With Rain Dogs
he brings it strong." George Pelecanos
"As long as there are writers like Sean Doolittle out there, American crime fiction has
got a sterling future ahead of it. Rain Dogs is tense, evocative, and anchored
by a main character, Tom Coleman, who I'd love to see more of. A terrific novel."
"Doolittle's style is clipped, his dialogue terse, but the story is lifelike and nuanced.
Rain Dogs will satisfy fans of hard-boiled fiction and classic noir,
as well as any crime fans who don't like their plots tied up too tidily."
Doolittle slowly builds tension int he novel. He also creates a memorable cast of characters. ...
Doolittle's book is worth it. Lincoln Journal Star
With raw emotions and even rawer dialogue, Doolittle sketches out a rough and tumble
summer on the Niobrara. Rain Dogs is a fun read, even if you aren't a fan of crime
novels. News from the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraksa Authors
Safer is a high-octane, rip-roaring page-turner. I read it in one sitting and loved every minute. &151; Harlan Coben, author of Hold Tight
In Safer, Sean Doolittle has crafted a taut, claustrophobic thriller in which our safe world of home and neighborhood becomes instead something terrifying
and deadly. Safer made me look twice at my neighbors and check the locks on my doors, and that earns Doolittle a solid A+ in skin-crawling suspense.
Kay Hooper, author of Blood Dreams
Unsettling…. Admirably complex. &!51; Publishers Weekly
Slick and inventive. ... The author is skilled at ratcheting up readers' foreboding, sympathy, and fear, creating the deep need to see how things turn out.