Fearsomely authentic and moving, it paints a scary portrait of an officer's life
Kent Anderson has crafted a literary miracle here. We're transported to 'Nam and circa-'80 Oakland, reimagined as Hell, seen through the eyes of a crusading cop unique in the annals of police literature. This jazzy - and jazz influenced - novel is like the best of early Joseph Wambaugh.
Anderson was, like his maverick hero, a Vietnam vet, an Oakland cop and an English lecturer - experiences that give this fiction the compelling authenticity other writers strive for.
Kent Anderson serves up the best of what crime fiction can do in Green Sun, showing us a slice of the world that stands for the whole wide world, and giving us Officer Hanson, whose perseverance and bedrock fairness and understanding of human frailty make him a hero for all places and times. The Hanson Trilogy should not be a secret. It's the best of the best in American storytelling today.
Anderson doesn't publish much, but when he does, it's something to remember...It is perhaps the perfect time for an honest, realistic, unflinching portrayal of a good cop, and Anderson delivers just that.
Deeply moving...couldn't be more timely
Kent Anderson is the finest portrayer of the cop novel, elevating the genre to the highest literary form. With Green Sun, he completes a trilogy that would sit effortlessly alongside the masters, Cormac McCarthy and James Lee Burke. This is Ellroy for a whole new generation.
Green Sun tells the unvarnished truth about what it is to be a cop in modern day America. I can give a suspense novel no higher compliment
This is only Kent Anderson's third novel in 30-odd years but it's worth the wait...There's a wealth of hard-won knowledge, if not much conventional plot, in this brilliant, subtle, finally optimistic, cop novel.
You might sign up for the promise of thrills but you'll leave utterly sated by the very human magic of the finest crime writer alive.
The best cop novel I have ever read. There's never been anything like it.
Anderson is adept at finding a terrible kind of beauty in the worst circumstances, which makes Green Sun difficult to put down even when it's emotionally painful to keep reading.
Kent Anderson is one of the unsung legends of crime fiction
Kent Anderson immediately pulls you into his taut, authentic depiction of a cop's life in early-80s Oakland. Green Sun is crime fiction at its best: smart, unflinching, and, ultimately, compassionate.