Set in a familiar, if fictitious, corner of the Pacific Northwest, City Haul follows the exploits of attorney Matt Archer's whose latest challenge is defending an outlaw biker caught dead-to-rights smuggling drugs across the Canadian border. Complicating matters are a sexy state legislator, a pot-smoking local judge, and a sheriff with a chip on his shoulder. Small town politics, legislative shenanigans, and bad bikers with no sense of humor keep Matt on his toes … as does his savvy ten-year-old daughter.
Told with wry wit and honesty, the story is fast-paced, with courtroom drama, an insider's peek at legislating, and motorcycle gang shenanigans, including the mysterious and enormous Mongo and his pal Freight Train.
"Hilarious," "eclectic characters," and "a rollicking good read" are among the comments on the book. ("Sex, drugs, and violence, and you want my help?" asked Mick the cop.)
Another reader commented, "Attorney Matt Archer slips into a spicy stew of unctuous politics and unsavory characters. His attempts to repair his tattered reputation, re-build a relationship with his young daughter, and rescue his marriage make City Haul a delightful dish!"
Richard Little is a retired attorney and government lobbyist who's lived in the Pacific Northwest for thirty-eight years. His writing has been published in the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer; and the Santa Fe Writers Project; also in the 2016 Summer Solstice issue of Cirque Magazine, in Clover, A Literary Rag, and in an anthology titled So Much Depends Upon … City Haul is his first novel, following two collections of short stories, Postcards from the Road (2015) and Jakey's Fork - A River's Journey (2018).
Educated at the University of California (Berkeley) and Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco), Richard served in the Navy JAG Corps and later was counsel to a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He worked in the Bellingham City Attorney's office, then finished his career as that city's Government Relations Director (i.e., lobbyist) in Olympia and Washington D.C.
Richard invites readers to read more of his work at "The Write Stuff," http://pepys2000.blogspot.com.