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About Patrick Whitehurst
Patrick writes both fiction and nonfiction, the latter of which includes the books “Haunted Monterey County” and “Murder and Mayhem in Tucson.” His stories range from true crime to thriller fiction reminiscent of Tales from the Crypt. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, including Shotgun Honey, Pulp Modern, Hoosier Noir, and Switchblade Magazine. He’s been featured in the anthologies “Bitter Chills,” “Wild Violence,” and elsewhere. His reviews and author interviews can be found in Suspense Magazine.
Visit him online at patrickwhitehurst.com.
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Not every hero lives in a mansion or works from a smoky, hard-boiled office. Enter Barker, a mysterious man with no memory of his past. Ferociously handsome and acutely observant, Barker makes his home under the soggy planks of Old Fisherman's Wharf along California's foggy Central Coast. His closest friends are an assortment of stray dogs, ranging from a large Rottweiler to a tiny Shih-Tzu, who live with him. Adventure and intrigue have an uncanny knack for crossing Barker's path.
In the first entry of the series; Nickel, Barker’s sole human friend, bestows his makeshift home upon the man and his dogs just before dropping dead. It’s up to Barker to honor Nickel’s last wish, to atone for his sins, which doesn’t prove an easy task. Meanwhile, forces are at work in other parts of the fog-swept city, which will lead the homeless detective and his dogs to a deadly confrontation in the heart of Monterey Bay itself.
"If the hidden strata of humanity makes you feel uncomfortable, so it should, and this book will make you feel uneasy as it focuses on those many of us chose to pretend don’t exist; the homeless and disenfranchised that live among us. This section of society is used to great effect in this novel, which could be ranked up there with the likes of Wilkie Collins in its ability to keep the reader guessing until the final page. I would recommend this novel to those readers who enjoy Sir Arthur Conan Doyle mysteries and to those wanting to read a detective novel with a different view on life. " Cate's Book Nut Hut
"A homeless hero with the crime-solving skills of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes? A pack of loyal dogs who accompany the sleuth on his adventures along the streets and beaches of Monterey? Turns out, this book really works. The good-looking, green-eyed, homeless detective quickly won me over. The book consists of a half dozen short stories, each with a simple or complex mystery to solve, followed by one novella-length story in which our hero must rescue the city's mayor. The characters cross over between stories and create a world that is dangerous, believable, thought-provoking ... and often quite humorous. (Note, there are some PG-13 sexual situations.) Despite his dark circumstances and mysterious past, the hero has the ability to make us laugh. And the dogs? The dogs are awesome. There are five or more of them, and each has its own personality. They are true characters in this book, not just adorable props. Whitehurst is a good writer. And he clearly knows Monterey like the back of his hand. Reading this book was a lot of fun. I highly recommend it to both mystery lovers and dog lovers." -Michael Blevins, Goodreads 5-star review
"Excited to read this writer's words, feeling as I know his characters with the minute details that makes the reader lost in the story from page two. A rare gift this writer, Patrick Whitehurst has and I look forward to his continued Barker series. Highly recommend for a rip roaring adventure that leaves the reader thinking about the characters and wanting to know more. " -Mary W. Black, Amazon 5-star review
Patrick Whitehurst, born on the Monterey Peninsula, currently lives in Ariz. As a journalist, he's written hundreds of stories for newspapers across the Grand Canyon State, as well as two regional non-fiction books.
"When a friend told me about this book, I had my doubts. A homeless hero with the crime-solving skills of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes? A pack of loyal dogs who accompany the sleuth on his adventures along the streets and beaches of Monterey? Turns out, this book really works. The good-looking, green-eyed, homeless detective quickly won me over." Goodreads 5-Star review,)
Following hot on the heels of his rescue of Carmel's mayor from the ship Wicked Joe in “Monterey Noir,” Barker once again finds himself in a hot mess of danger and intrigue. Seeking escape from his newfound popularity, the handsome man with no memory of his past, travels deep into the Carmel Highlands - only to find adventure has followed him there.
From an encounter with the disturbing Easter Bunny Man at Pacific Grove's famous Lover's Point to a diabolical plot by the homeless denizens of Deadrent Kingdom, trouble is never very far from Barker and his collection of loyal canines.
"In Monterey Pulp the mysterious Barker, a three dimensional character steps onto the stage of the reader’s imagination. As a reader, I am wondering about this strange man who deliberately chooses to live in the margins of society. Barker can make anywhere a home; he is as resourceful as the pack of hounds that are his devoted companions. Barker has no time for the media and its nonsense; he prefers obscurity and he takes refuge in the peace and quiet of the woodlands. But mystery has a way of following Barker around. A camper tells Barker a strange tale of a nightmare and an abduction. The reader sees Barker’s intuitive response in action. In stylish, leisurely prose Patrick Whitehurst’s Barker quietly, precisely averts a heinous scheme of double dealing and destruction.
"Barker is a worthy successor to Sherlock Holmes; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would not be disappointed; neither will any fan of the detective genre. If you are new to Barker you will soon be as addicted to him, and his pack of hounds as I am. I hope that Patrick Whitehurst doesn’t make us wait too long for the next book in this captivating series." (Amazon 5-star review)