New from Down & Out Books …
LEON’S LEGACY by Lono Waiwaiole
A Prequel to the Wiley Crime Novels
Publication date: February 13, 2017
Synopsis … The three novels in Waiwaiole’s dark and dangerous Wiley series chronicle the tragic twists and turns in the lives of two old friends after those lives have completely gone off the rails in Portland, Oregon.
In LEON’S LEGACY, Waiwaiole goes back to where it all began — back when Wiley and Leon were high school kids pursuing the state basketball championship. Unfortunately, it was also the year that the crack gangs from California began to sink their talons into Portland’s inner city, a juxtaposition that threatens not only their hoop quest but also their lives. An inner-city high school teacher and basketball coach when this actually occurred in Portland, Waiwaiole has a wealth of first-hand exposure to this story and the writing chops to deliver it convincingly.
Praise for LEON’S LEGACY …
“Lono Waiwaiole writes with a command you don’t see much anymore. He is the opposite of the winking hard-boil writer of today. He writes authentically and knowingly about America’s underclass, the streets and being an outsider. Leon’s Legacy is an unexpectedly honest novel about a violent teenage world, peopled with intensely believable characters whose upside down humanity will grab you.” —Kent Harrington, author of The Red Jungle and Rat Machine.