December 2, 2023
Matt Phillips. Photograph credit score: Courtesy of the writer

Serra Mesa resident Matt Phillips embraces American noir, however he’s hoping his new launch opens him as much as new readers too.

A Good Rush of Blood, his newest novel, got here out Nov. 1 and it unwraps a present-day felony conspiracy in Palm Springs.

The e-book, revealed by Run Amok Crime, follows sleuth Creeley Nash to the desert as she unravels the thriller of her estranged mom’s wrongful homicide conviction.

“I’ve written quite a few crime novels, largely within the noir sub-genre,” Phillips mentioned. “However this novel is a contemporary whodunit that includes a powerful feminine sleuth. I’m assured this e-book appeals to a wider viewers than my earlier work, whereas nonetheless working inside the heritage of American noir.”

Phillips has lived regionally for greater than 15 years, whereas working for a number of of them as a bartender and waiter at a sequence restaurant.

His path to turning into a printed author included quite a few manuscripts that he deserted and archived, whereas additionally making an attempt to finish a university diploma.

He ultimately accomplished a bachelor’s in journalism at N.C. Central College in Durham, N.C. and later a grasp’s of tremendous arts in writing on the College of Texas at El Paso.

Phillips is an avid surfer and is concerned in his neighborhood as he dad and mom his younger son. In 2016, he gained the Zócalo Public Sq. Poetry Prize for a poem known as “Crossing Coronado Bridge.” His different novels embody San Diego-set crime capers Know Me from SmokeCountdownTo Deliver My Shadow and Three Sorts of Idiot, and in addition, You Should Have a Dying Want.

Phillips mentioned, “Should you love David Goodis, Patricia Highsmith or Walter Mosley, you’ll love A Good Rush of Blood – that’s the custom by which I work, and I’m extremely happy with the pre-release readers’ responses to this e-book.”

Phillips, earlier than arriving in San Diego, grew up within the Coachella Valley and Excessive Desert. His brief fiction has appeared in Thriller TribunePowerful Crime and Shotgun Honey.