The Fog Seller by Don Daglow

the fog sellerFrom the creator of the Emmy® Award winning Neverwinter Nights™, a novel with a unique hero, an unlikely love story, and more twists than San Francisco’s Lombard Street. It’s not cozy but it’s intimate. It’s not procedural but it will make you think, which is why it’s been honored both as a mystery and as literary fiction. Its influences range from Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep to the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. “Compelling, mysterious, tender and moving… The Fog Seller will charm the mind and warm the heart.” –IndieReader, March, 2017.

“The intricate plot is ingeniously executed so that all pieces of the puzzle fit together in the end. Twists and turns that at first appear questionable end up working perfectly… The prose is top notch… The book’s distinctively original structure moves the story along briskly. Even what seems like extraneous material contributes to the backbone of the novel…” — The BookLife Prize (Publishers Weekly), September, 2017

Assassinated: The crusading politician who saved hundreds of San Francisco homes from the bulldozers of a big developer.
Accused: A mysterious young loner who speaks his own unique dialect of English and refuses to answer questions.
Unexpected: A woman who will risk her promising future for a man without a past.

“Compelling, mysterious, tender and moving, THE FOG SELLER adds layers of psychological and emotional depth to what would be, on its own, an intriguing mystery story. The author’s web of story is deftly woven, unveiling the protagonist’s hidden depths along with the mystery, while a host of quirky, lively, vivid minor characters add color to the scene. Beautifully written, a loving ode to San Francisco and the oddballs that make it the marvelous city it is, THE FOG SELLER will charm the mind and warm the heart.” — IndieReader, March, 2017.

When teacher-turned-deckhand Steve Ondelle is framed for the killing of a San Francisco Supervisor he tumbles into a world of billion-dollar deals and bizarre sexual adventures, a world where hard evidence depicts him as a misfit who turns to murder.

To expose these freshly-minted lies Steve must first make peace with a lifetime of painful truths. He travels from the piers of Sausalito to the penthouses of San Francisco, with unlikely allies like Leonard the Human Statue, Eli of the Coral Reef, The Prophet of Market Street.
And Liam the Fog Seller.

My Review

There is something different about this book, and certainly the title and the book cover are excellent which is what attracted me to the book. I have never been to San Francisco and the author made it come alive with the descriptions of the Bay Area.

The writing is intricate and I particularly enjoyed the character Liam, aka, The Fog Seller, what a great idea, selling fog and tourist actually buying the jars. hehe.
This book is certainly different and entertaining.

This review was from a audio copy sent from the author in exchange for an honest review.


don daglow.jpgAbout the Author
Don Daglow’s creation of Neverwinter Nights, which ran for six years on AOL, earned a 2008 Technical Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He studied writing with the late Professor Steven C. Young at Pomona College, and received his B.A. in English (Playwriting) from Pomona and his M.Ed. from Claremont Graduate University.

Don wrote his first novel, a science fiction epic, at age 12 and his first stage drama at age 16. He won a National Endowment for the Humanities New Voices Playwriting Competition while still in his early 20’s, and his work has also appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

He’s held jobs ranging from County Fair Security Guard to CEO, from Public Middle School School Teacher to Executive Producer, and from Game Designer to General Manager. And more jobs like Royal Playwright for Her Majesty’s Puppet Theatres at the original Renaissance Faire, Graduate School Adjunct Instructor, Spear Carrier at the Marin Shakespeare Festival under legendary directors Ann Brebner and John Brebner, and, well, it’s all a diverse set of experiences that add up to a diverse set of books.

Don’s writing has graced many games during his long career, and in 2003 he received the CGE Award for “groundbreaking accomplishments that shaped the Video Game Industry.”

Don Daglow’s family has lived in San Francisco and Marin for four generations, and his passion for this unique setting shines through in his writing. He works near the Sausalito Ferry, and he and his wife Marta have lived in three different Sausalito neighborhoods.


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