The Haight (Hardcover)

The First Jimmy Spracklin Crime Novel (A Jimmy Spracklin Mystery #1)


Poplar Press, 9780998059341, 348pp.

Publication Date: July 24, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (11/10/2020)

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Capitalizing on the current fascination with the 1960s, THE HAIGHT is the first book in a crime fiction series set in Haight-Ashbury in the late 1960s. Book 1 starts in May 1968. The music, art and aura of peace and love still pervade Haight-Ashbury, but heroin is becoming the prevalent drug and the scene is turning violent. 

Jimmy Spracklin thinks he knows Haight-Ashbury when he’s called out to the neighborhood to investigate the murder of artist John Blakely in the spring of 1968. Marie, Spracklin’s beloved step-daughter, ran away to the birthplace of acid rock during the Summer of Love the previous year. What Spracklin learns quickly is that heroin is now replacing acid as the most popular drug in Haight-Ashbury. Gangs are taking over. The scene is getting violent.

Now Spracklin, the head of the San Francisco Police Department’s famed Bureau of Inspectors, must catch Blakely’s killer while he struggles to bring his daughter home.

THE HAIGHT is the story of Jimmy Spracklin’s mission to solve a string of murders in Haight-Ashbury before they claim Marie as another victim. The first book in The Haight crime series, this is a taut, fast-paced thriller that captures the color and turmoil of the 1960s.

About the Author

An author of three non-fiction books, Peter Moreira spent more than 30 years in journalism in Asia, Europe and North America. He worked for a decade with The Deal of New York, serving as London Bureau Chief and then covering M&A and finance in the U.S. At Bloomberg, he covered European and U.K. banking and finance. He previously worked for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, Knight-Ridder Financial in Hong Kong and Seoul, and the Canadian Press's parliamentary bureau in Ottawa. His writing has appeared in USA Today, the Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, National Post, the Chronicle-Herald and the Independent on Sunday (London). Peter is the author of Hemingway on the China Front (Potomac, 2006) Backwater: Nova Scotia's Economic Decline (Nimbus 2009), and The Jew Who Defeated Hitler (Prometheus, 2014). He presented an academic paper to the Hemingway Society’s biennial conference in Ronda, Spain, has been the keynote speaker at the Hemingway Symposium in Ketchum, Idaho, and has had his fiction read on RTHK in Hong Kong.