“Once in a while, someone comes along and pumps some originality into the generic crime novel. Rick DeMarinis, who seems to have warmed his toes by the fires of James Crumley's gonzo genius, is one of that lonesome crowd of writers who love the language but aren't afraid to rough it up to save its life. If civilization is headed for the caves, it’s nice to know that DeMarinis will be there, scribbling on the walls.”
– New York Times Book Review
Rick DeMarinis has published nine novels, six story collections, and a book on the art and craft of the short story. He received two NEA fellowships, and a literature award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Tumwater, Washington.