The Last King of California

Jordan Harper


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Simon & Schuster UK Ltd.
29 September 2022
ISBN: 9781471159015
320 pages

From the publisher

'Beautifully written' S. A. Cosby 

Sometimes to find yourself, you have to go back to where you came from.
You just might not like what you find.
After failing in his new life, Luke decides to go home, back to the one place where he’d once felt he belonged. But that was a long time ago and now he has to face the life that he chose to run away from: The Combine. The gang that his uncle now leads, but which his father still runs from prison. Brutal, unforgiving . . . family.
Reunited with his childhood friend Callie and tagging along on jobs with her and her boyfriend Pretty Baby, Luke soon discovers that he might have a place back home after all. When another gang try to encroach on their turf, The Combine and Luke must go to war to save all that they know. 
But in trying to be someone you’re not, can you ever find out who you really are? 
Family is everything and blood is love.

Praise for Jordan Harper:

‘When I say The Last King of California subverts the stereotypical American Outlaw Mythos, it's the highest praise I can give it. No one is thinking deeper about what crime fiction is than Jordan Harper’ S. A. Cosby
‘Burns bright and fast’ Peter Swanson
‘Darkly irresistible’ Megan Abbott
'Urgent and beautiful' Lauren Beukes
'Fast-paced and gritty' Amy Engel
'Truly astounding' Robin Wasserman