"A taught chain of events." Publisher's Weekly
Secluded Parking is the story of Dylan Massey, a hotshot investigative reporter turned perpetually stoned societal dropout. After losing his wife and daughter in a Seattle traffic accident, he went off the grid for over a decade with only the food and pot from his Olympic Peninsula garden, the clothes on his back and his Siberian Husky. But when Massey is forced back to Seattle at gunpoint and becomes a suspect in the disappearance of a teenage girl, he must confront demons from his past. To clear his name, Massey dives headfirst into the upside-down world of legalized weed and its politically connected players.
Laconic like James Crumley, funny like Carl Hiaasen and infused with the shaggy cheer of Tom Robbins’s skewed worlds, Secluded Parking transports the literary crime genre to the sometimes seedy, sometimes sleek marijuana culture of the Pacific Northwest. Massey speeds and stumbles his way through car chases with drag queens, back-alley drug dealers, seedy strip-club impresarios and self-absorbed artists. He then puts himself in the path of a hired killer with girlfriend problems and body-disposal challenges.
Sometime reporter and full time loner Dylan Massey is approached by a bizarre young artist who calls himself “Lou C. Fur” and claims to pose cadavers with objects as an artistic expression. He brushes the kid off, but weeks later police accuse Massey of being a co-conspirator with the young man in murder and other heinous crimes. Even Massey’s own newspaper turns against him as his name and reputation become intertwined with the strange Lou.
Set against the backdrop of Seattle’s caffeinated, smoke-choked marijuana culture, Massey delves deep into the case’s cobwebbed corners and secluded alleys. The further he digs, the more he believes in Lou’s innocence. When the father of one of the victims snaps, Massey is the only one who can bring him down. As he faces off against a dead girl’s father, Massey finds himself on the side of darkness in the battle against light.