Every Man a Menace
Written by Patrick Hoffman
Publication Date October 08, 2016
Trust no one.
San Francisco is about to receive the biggest delivery of MDMA to hit the West Coast in years. Raymond Gaspar, just out of prison, is sent to the city by his criminal boss — still locked up on the inside — to check in on the testy Filipina who buys the product and the increasingly erratic dealer expected to take care of distribution. Down in Miami, the club owner responsible for shipping the drugs from Southeast Asia to the Bay Area has just met the girl of his dreams, but there’s something about her past that’s troubling him. And thousands of miles away, in Bangkok, a former conscript of the Israeli army who is farther up the production chain swipes right on a male dating app, taking a chance on the wrong pretty face — and one that threatens to unravel the whole operation.
These players are fighting to stay ahead in a system that threatens to swallow them whole: an international drug trafficking network that offers them great rewards at even greater risk. Stretching from the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia to the Golden Gate of San Francisco, Every Man a Menace is a gritty and propulsive novel about the making, moving, and selling of the drug known as Molly — pure happiness in powder form, brought to market by bloodshed and betrayal.
PATRICK HOFFMAN is a writer and private investigator based in Brooklyn. His first novel, The White Van, was a finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and was named a Wall Street Journal best book of the year. He was born in San Francisco and worked there as an investigator, both privately, and at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.
"Every Man a Menace is everything you could want in a thriller — lightning pace, dead-on dialogue, and a twisting, high-torque plot. But, most of all, this novel is smart and authentic, a welcome jolt at a time when so much fiction reads like it rolled off an assembly line."
"Whatever you're reading right now, put it down and read this book first." New York Times–bestselling author of Forty Thieves
"Few authors capture the global realities of drug smuggling as Hoffman does in this remarkable novel — the logistics, the tensions, and the inevitable replaceablity of all links in the chain. Every Man a Menace is a stunner, an absolute masterclass in plotting, detail, and consequences. It's worth every second of your time." Ryan Gattis, author of All Involved
"With its hard-boiled shenanigans and soft-minded crooks, Hoffman's follow-up to The White Van (2014) is another strong and original addition to the crime fiction genre." Kirkus
"Hoffman follows his well-received debut, 2014’s The White Van, with an unrelentingly grim noir set in San Francisco that explores the violent underside of the drug trade from a variety of overlapping perspectives. The first section, which is the best, introduces small-time criminal Raymond Gaspar, who’s about to complete a four-year prison term that was the upshot of his arrest for possession of crystal meth and trying to sell a stolen boat. After Raymond’s release, Arthur, a power broker who “could make a call to the Black Guerilla Family or the Aryan Brotherhood and get action from either group,” turns to him for help. Arthur still has his hand in selling Ecstasy, but he’s not comfortable with the middlemen he’s been working with. He asks Raymond to get to know both Gloria Ocampo, who brings the narcotic into San Francisco, and her buyer, Shadrack Pullman, so that Raymond can protect Arthur’s interests. Though the format and basic story line are nothing new, Hoffman, a private investigator, makes his version feel real." Publishers' Weekly