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Author: Kent Anderson Narrator: Kevin Stillwell Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9781478970798
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“One of the unsung heroes of crime fiction” (Chicago Tribune), Kent Anderson returns after two decades with this dazzling novel about justice, character, and fate, set against the backdrop of an American city at war with itself.

Oakland, California, 1983: a city churning with violent crime and racial conflict. Officer Hanson, a Vietnam veteran, has abandoned academia for the life-and-death clarity of police work, a way to live with the demons that followed him home from the war.

But Hanson knows that justice requires more than simply enforcing the penal code. He believes in becoming a part of the community he serves—which is why, unlike most officers, he chooses to live in the same town where he works. This strategy serves him well, to a point. He forges a precarious friendship with Felix Maxwell, the drug king of East Oakland, based on their shared sense of fairness and honor. He falls in love with Libya the moment he sees her, a confident and outspoken black woman. He is befriended by Weegee, a streetwise eleven-year-old who is primed to become a dope dealer.

Every day, every shift, tests a cop’s boundaries between the man he wants to be and the officer of the law he is required to be. At last an off-duty shooting forces Hanson to finally face who he is— and which side of the law he belongs on.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kevin Stillwell narrates this gritty collection of interconnected crimes and misdemeanors in East Oakland, California, in 1983, bringing the era to life…Stillwell’s soft tones are all Hanson. He portrays the detective’s overall calm and methodical demeanor, particularly in his dealings with thirteen-year-old Weejee and his half-sister, Libya. Throughout all the blood and guts, crimes of passion, and posturing for dominance, Stillwell’s voice downplays the violence and racial tensions. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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  • “We’re transported to ‘Nam and circa-’80 Oakland, reimagined as Hell, seen through the eyes of a crusading cop unique in the annals of police literature.” James Ellroy, New York Times bestselling author
  • “It’s the best of the best in American storytelling today.” Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author
  • "Quietly staggering . . . Kent Anderson is one of the unsung legends of crime fiction. Chicago Tribune
  • “Blending pathos, violence, and corruption with long-shot hope and glimpses of natural wonder. Christian Science Monitor
  • "Hanson is a fascinating and memorable character, but the real star of Green Sun is Anderson’s writing…It’s a stunning meditation on power, violence, and the intractability of pain, which Anderson seems to understand all too well.” NPR
  • "Green Sun tells the unvarnished truth about what it is to be a cop in modern day America. I can give a suspense novel no higher compliment.
    James Patterson
  • "Deeply moving.... Anderson's model of community policing couldn't be more timely. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • "Anderson doesn't publish much, but when he does, it's something to remember. . . . It is perhaps the perfect time for an honest, realistic, unflinching portrayal of a good cop, and Anderson delivers just that. Booklist (starred review)
  • "[Anderson] imbues his protagonist with a solid dose of humanity. If I were a cop, Hanson would be on my short list for role models. BookPage
  • "Kent Anderson is the finest portrayer of the cop novel, elevating the genre to the highest literary form. With his third novel, Green Sun, he completes a trilogy that would sit effortlessly alongside the masters, Cormac McCarthy and James Lee Burke. This is Ellroy for a whole new generation. I am green with admirable envy.
    Ken Bruen
  • "Kent Anderson immediately pulls you into his taut, authentic depiction of a cop's life in early-80s Oakland. Green Sun is crime fiction at its best: smart, unflinching, and, ultimately, compassionate. Alafair Burke
  • "Kent Anderson is the real deal, with a past to prove it. And Green Sun shows it, with writing that pours across the page like a dark storm, but also shines, and stays with you long after you put it down. David Swinson
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of Spring's Top 10 Mystery Thrillers
  • A BookPage Top Pick of Character-Driven Cop Stories

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About the Author

Kent Anderson is a US Army Special Forces veteran who served in Vietnam and a former police officer in Portland, Oregon, and Oakland, California. With an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana, he has taught college-level English and written screenplays. His novels, Sympathy for the Devil and the New York Times Notable Book Night Dogs, both feature Hanson. He may be the only person in US history to have won both two NEA grants for creative writing as well as two Bronze Stars. He lives in New Mexico.

About the Narrator

Kevin Stillwell is an actor, voice talent, and Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator. His film and television credits include Looper and Drop Dead Diva.