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When Speedy raises from prison, he hitchhikes home to Oakland only to find his brother Little Willy a homeless crack head and his best friend Fat Bob bouncing in San Francisco’s underground hardcore clubs. When two of their childhood homeboys get wrapped in chains by Mexican slangers and thrown in the American River alive, our heroes somehow get it together enough to plot revenge.

Sure, it maybe takes the edge off Speedy’s game a little when he starts playing house with beautiful phone psychic Carmel, and it complicates things a bit more when Louis, the same cop who put him in prison, starts dogging their steps like an unwelcome relative. But when a racist coven of skinz comes howling for Speedy & Carmel’s blood, and a serial killer with a monster in his head decides Speedy is the answer to all his unholy prayers, things get really interesting . . .

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Ken Bruen (Shamus Award winning author of The Guards; and of London Boulevard, soon to be a major motion picture, Oscar winner William Monahan (screenwriter of The Departed) to write & direct): “One of the best writers I know. Imagine James Ellroy coupled with George R R Martin and overseen by Charles Willeford. But Pearce really needs no comparison to any other writer; he’s created his own compelling dark universe that ratchets up noir to an astonishing level.”

Jason Starr (Barry and Anthony Award winning author of Tough Luck and Twisted City): “Street Raised is a full-tilt, dead-on descent into the Bay Area underworld, with lovably flawed characters and stunning dialogue. Every page, it seems, has something to marvel at. This is literary crime of the highest order, on par with the work of the great Eddie Bunker. Pearce Hansen is a major new talent.”

Joe Lansdale (winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and eight Bram Stoker Awards; author of Bubba-Ho-Tep, which was made into a moving starring Bruce Campbell): “Street Raised is a scar of a book, but it’s a beautifully healed scar. Gutsy, fast-paced, written in an electric style. Recommended.”


Pearce Hansen is an East Bay native who writes about what he knows; his work is inspired by his experiences growing up on the mean streets of Oakland and her sister cities. Pearce currently resides up on the Lost Coast behind the Redwood Curtain, empty nesting it with his wife and their spoiled fat Egyptian Mau cat.