Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Hollywood Cafe

One dark night, when movies were black and white, old Pete Morell was brutally murdered in the back room of the Hollywood Cafe by two men looking for hidden treasure.

The treasure was not found. The killers were not caught. The case was closed. A half century later the past finally catches up with the present.

In The Hollywood Cafe Richard Dokey again stakes his claim to a part of California he knows so well, the small town life along Highway 99, which runs the length of the Golden State. On the road, however, he finds deeper truths about a world we have lost and the world we have become.

Dokey's short fiction has been published widely, has received critical acclaim and has won prizes. Pale Morning Dun, University of Missouri Press, his most recent collection of short stories, was nominated for the American Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Dokey has not only discovered a part of California but also he has helped invent it.

-San Francisco Chronicle