From 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 makes 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...." - IndieReader, March 2017
"Rating: 9/10. The intricate plot is ingeniously executed so that all pieces of the puzzle fit together.... 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...." - 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.
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.
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By Ray Johnson on 12-02-18
A well deserved Award Winner of a novel
I had never heard of this book at all, and when the opportunity came for me to listen to it I was surprised to see how many awards it had won, and deservedly so. This tale is meticuously crafted, perfectly plotted, and peppered with realistic and interesting characters.This is more than a mystery. It is a journey into the amazing mind of Don Daglow, and it is one that will make you feel everything that Steve, the MC, is going through.
Steve, the protagonist, just wants to lead a simple life, but suddenly finds himself the suspect of a double homicide. His shipmates decide to help him in his time of troubles, and this is where the story takes off. Questions arise from the typical Whodunnit to simply will Steve's love be requited? Oh, and while it is more than a mystery novel, the mystery is complex and captivating.
Stifel is excellent at drawing you in and holding your attention once he has you. He really makes you believe that he is each individual character, and that the events are really occuring in real time. He elevates an already amazing novel.
Fog Seller is just fabulous, and you will lament that your time with Steve and his crew is over. You will miss them and wish there was more to this story.
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By Deedra on 07-06-18
The Fog Seller
This is a bit confusing at first.I am glad I stuck with it.What a story!Liam sells fog.Steve works on a ferry with his friend Luis.He is a bit odd.A murder is attached to him by police and he and friends have to clear his name and many things up.David Stifel was a wonderful narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.