At a dive bar in San Francisco's edgy Tenderloin district, drug-hustling Emily Rosario is drinking whiskey and looking for an escape from her desperate lifestyle. When she is approached by a Russian businessman, she thinks she might have found her exit. A week later--drugged, disoriented and wanted for robbery--Emily finds herself on the run for her life.
When cop Leo Elias--broke, alcoholic and desperate--hears about an unsolved bank robbery, the stolen money proves too strong a temptation. Elias takes the case into his own hands, hoping to find Emily and the money before anyone else does.
A sharply drawn cast of characters--dirty cops, Russian drug dealers, Chinese black-market traders, street smart Cambodians, and shady entrepreneurs--all take part in this terrifying tour through San Francisco's underbelly. Confronted with the intimate details of characters that blur the line between good and evil, and twists that surprise until the end, readers of The White Van will find their own moral code challenged by the desperate decisions the characters are forced to make.
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Praise for the book:
"Exhilarating crime debut...Hoffman gives his story a stunner of a twist,where roles are reversed, lies become truths, and it all gives way to the most perfect hustle of all...Hoffman's crime plot doesn't just thicken, it boils with surprise after surprise and suspense as tight as a noose...He cinematically captures a seamy San Francisco...the hard-boilded prose glints like a broken mirror...wildly satisfying." ~San Francisco Chronicle
"Gritty, exhilarating... The White Van, with its quick and scary turns, provides a hell of a ride; the action never stops--even after the final page." ~The Wall Street Journal
"Outstanding…Hoffman writes with great authority" ~Publisher's Weekly
"Hoffman transforms San Francisco into a noir playground for all sorts of shady characters—the kind that can only come from the mind of a writer who really gets people, their secrets and the lengths to which they'll go when they have no good choices."~Book Page
"A crackling thriller. Starts with an offbeat bank job and burns through the pages to a slam-bang finish. Keep your eye on Patrick Hoffman -- he's got the right stuff." ~James Carlos Blake, author of In The Rogue Blood
"If you intend to read The White Van, I hope you’ve cancelled any other plans for the next day or two, since you won’t be moving from your couch. In this rocket-paced San Francisco thriller, the cops are as desperate as the criminals, and the criminals as sympathetic as the cops. Patrick Hoffman has written an absolutely spellbinding novel." ~Michael Kardos, author of The Three-Day Affair
"The White Van will grip you from the first page and leave you looking over your shoulder for weeks. Patrick Hoffman is nothing less than an emerging master of the crime genre. Whatever he writes, I’ll read."~Jordan Bass, executive editor, McSweeney’s
"A wild ride into the black heart of classic noir that unfolds in a pulsating series of betrayals, black mail, bad decisions, and worse luck; this is the stuff of Dashiell Hammett's best nightmares."—Mark Haskell Smith, author of Raw: A Love Story