My name is Max Everhart. I read, review, and write mysteries, crime, thrillers, and detective fiction. I also teach English and Creative Writing. My debut novel is entitled Go Go Gato will be released on August 1st (Camel Press).
In Go Go Gato, a strikingly handsome young ballplayer named Almario Gato goes missing. Having recently negotiated a $1.2 million dollar signing bonus from the Colorado Rockies for her best client, Veronica Craven hires a private detective to locate Almario “Go Go” Gato. Enter Eli Sharpe, an ex-ballplayer turned private detective. With eight years experience, five ex-fiancées, and charm and wit to spare, Sharpe takes the case. But after meeting the women in Almario’s life—his statuesque agent, his devoted twin sister, his spoiled girlfriend, and his cocaine-dealing fiancée—Sharpe begins to wonder if Almario is missing or in hiding. Navigating a quirky cast of characters that could only reside in a hodgepodge town like Asheville, North Carolina, Sharpe soon discovers Almario may very well be in danger. The mortal kind.
Here is some early praise for Go Go Gato:
From its hero to its milieu to its eccentric, three-dimensional characters, Max Everhart’s GO GO GATO is a terrific read. The North Carolina minor-league baseball scene feels authentic and beloved, and I was always rooting for protagonist Eli Sharpe. The best news is that this excellent mystery is first in a series. Fans of Harlan Coben will want to check out Max Everhart, a major new talent!
– Steve Ulfelder, Edgar finalist author of WOLVERINE BROS. FREIGHT & STORAGE
GO GO GATO is the debut entry in a promising new series by Max Everhart, and it’s a fast-paced, entertaining tale. Eli Sharpe is a very appealing character who combines just the right amounts of wit, humor, intelligence and courage, and it will be fun to watch him in action as the series continues to grow and develop.
– James L. Thane, author of UNTIL DEATH and NO PLACE TO DIE
A missing person’s case turns deadly. In Go Go Gato, Everhart executes the classic mystery with ease and more than a few twists. All the modular scenes are there—the sleuth’s office, first encounter with the femme fatale, the victim’s lair, digging up the past, witness interviews, suspect interviews, and that essential—the corpse. But we’re not in LA or Boston. We’re not in SF or NYC. Everhart sets this fine novel in Asheville, NC and he breathes new life into an old form with a convoluted plot, detailed characters, and a very flawed detective. Chandler would be proud.
– Jack Remick, author of THE BOOK OF CHANGES
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