David Gordon’s first novel, The Serialist, won the VCU/Cabell First Novel Award and was a finalist for an Edgar Award.
This is the second novel featuring the bold, amusing character of Joe the Bouncer, a mob-connected strip club bouncer, who premiered in our August 2018 publication of Gordon's The Bouncer. Several critics who reviewed the debut commented that they hoped this was the beginning of a series, so they'll be eager to read The Hard Stuff
The Bouncer was Gordon's first pure crime caper and immediately put him on the map as a master of the genre. The Bouncer garnered praise that compared Gordon to to Elmore Leonard, Donald E. Westlake, and Thomas Perry. The novel was published to starred pre-reviews and a rave review from the The New York Times, and it earned excellent early blurbs from Thomas Perry, Robert Crais, and Max Alan Collins.
Many reviewers of The Bouncer commented on the cinematic nature of Gordon's novel, noting that the book has "screen adaptation" written all over it, particularly if it were to become a series.
Gordon has real literary chops and his work also appeals to readers who normally aren’t drawn to the mystery genre. He has previously received blurbs from David Ebershoff (The Danish Girl), Rivka Galchen (Atmospheric Disturbances), Karen Russell (Swamplandia!), Karen Thompson Walker (Age of Miracles), and Rebecca Lee (Bobcat and Other Stories), among others, and has garnered critical claim from a range of outlets, including starred pre-pub reviews.
Gordon is a literary celebrity in Japan, where he won three awards for The Serialist: the Kono-Mys Award for Best Mystery in Translation, the Bunsun’s Best Mystery Award, and the Hayakawa Best Mystery Award. It was the first time in history that one book has won all three awards, and a subsequent Japanese feature film adaptation of the novel catapulted the book to the top of Japanese bestseller lists.
Gordon is a visiting assistant professor in writing at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and his work has appeared in The Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Purple, Fence, and the New York Times Magazine (for which he wrote a piece called “Big in Japan”).