Introducing Sleeper Hayes…Skid Row’s answer to Jack Reacher. The first in a series set in the iconic Skid Row of 1970s San Francisco.


ISBN: 978-82-83550-76-2
Published: February 7, 2017
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It’s 1978 and the Reverend Jim Jones has moved his Peoples Temple from San Francisco to Guyana. Rumors immediately shoot through the city that Jones is taking revenge on all of his critics.

When a former Temple member and friend of Tenderloin vagabond Sleeper Hayes is murdered, and another friend is accused of the crime, Sleeper sets out to uncover the truth. But the truth and justice are hard to find as Sleeper becomes the Temple’s next target while investigating a murderous plot that stretches from skid row all the way to City Hall.


“Haslett's raffish T.L., the native's name for the Tenderloin, will make the novel a hit with crime fans who like a mix of edginess and noir style.”

“A startling debut.”
Ken Bruen, two-time Shamus Award-winning author of The Guards and London Boulevard

“A stellar first novel.”
Chuck Greaves, author of Hush Money and Green-Eyed Lady

“With the skill of a man juggling chainsaws, Court Haslett has put together a wonder of a book. And it’s with this same sick wonder that I was drawn in, skipping through the pages like a maniac, reading and waiting to see which deadly saw would drop first.”
Urban Waite, author of The Terror of Living

“Haslett cannily evokes the time and the place, and he and his protagonist, Sleeper Hayes, perfectly hit the notes of classic noir.”
Mark T. Conard, author of Dark As Night and Killer's Coda

More Books In This Series

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About the Author

A San Francisco and Bay Area resident for over 20 years, Court Haslett's work has been shortlisted for the Faulkner-Wisdom Award.