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Stagger Bay

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Markus, Stagger Bay’s protagonist, is a man who overcame a horrendous childhood and criminal youth to go straight and raise a family. His violent past makes him an easy fall guy to frame for a gruesome mass murder and he’s sentenced to life without parole, losing his family in the process.

Exonerated and freed on DNA evidence after seven years, Markus is shortly thrust int
Kindle Edition, 169 pages
Published January 19th 2012
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Josh Stallings
Feb 08, 2012 Josh Stallings rated it it was amazing
Ok, fact I don't do reviews, not with ease and not very well. But Stagger Bay demanded that I say something. Pearce Hansen has captured that perfect balance of honest heartfelt feeling set against a bigger than life, full on operatic violent world. It reminds me of John Woo before he came to Hollywood and lost his way; The Killer. Hansen like Woo lacks pretense and cynicism. Stagger Bay, isn't a meta book about other crime book. It is about real feeling, and fears and violence that feels like vi ...more
Raymond Embrack
Feb 12, 2012 Raymond Embrack rated it it was amazing
In the Northern California city of Stagger Bay, Markus is a man with a criminal past now doing his best "pretending to be a stone cold citizen." Then things go wrong. The novel opens with him taken from his home in handcuffs, busted for the perverted slaughter of every member of the Beardsley family including the pets. Evidence points to him. He is now the most hated man in Stagger Bay. But he had no part in the murders. As Markus puts it, "That's when I had a sneaking suspicion I was royally (s ...more
Trent Zelazny
Mar 21, 2012 Trent Zelazny rated it it was amazing
More and more I'm wondering why this writer isn't on the best-seller list. The opening chapter slugs you in the gut and the thing never lets up. His characters are vivid beyond imagining, filled with extreme but realistic scenarios, and having lived in that part of the country, personally, I can easily place myself there.

Stagger Bay rocks, as does Pearce Hansen's writing. If you're looking for an awesome can't-put-down read, check this one out. I really think you'll be pleased with the result. I
Jamie Grefe
Feb 17, 2012 Jamie Grefe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary-fiction
I couldn't stop reading this. It has phenomenal hooks held in place by Hansen's razor-sharp prose. Our hero, Markus, sticks with you as caring father, badass avenger, and an intelligent character you just want to get to know. Hansen does a great job dropping in lines from Montaigne, Gracian, Aurelius and even a shout-out to Macbeth. The serial killer angle in this book shines and the killer comes across as more brutal and evil than I anticipated. Highly recommended.
Gareth Price
Jan 27, 2012 Gareth Price rated it really liked it
Started this as a quick 'lunchtime read' at work on Friday and it was so good that I finished reading it at home instead of the new Stuart MacBride I'd been plodding through.

What's so good about it, then ? you may ask. Character and pace would be the quick answer. It just grabs you and runs hell for leather without stopping. Add in cracking dialogue and a slightly crazy plot and it all adds up to a great overall package. Just what I was looking for to blow the cobwebs away over the weekend. Not
Elizabeth A.
Apr 19, 2012 Elizabeth A. rated it really liked it
I always figured at a minimum you should remember the names of people who die because of you. – Markus

Given the life he’s lead, Markus may need a notebook to keep track of those names. A childhood scarred by violence lead Markus to a youthful life of crime, one which was only enhanced by his “training” in the “gladiator schools” he was routinely incarcerated in as a result of his criminal activity.

Older and wiser, Markus has remade himself into an upstanding citizen, having moved with his young
Benoit Lelièvre
Jan 05, 2013 Benoit Lelièvre rated it really liked it
I didn't expect STAGGER BAY to be such a good time. It took me so many different directions and spun around genre tropes so much, I couldn't help but be invested and challenged. While I have one real problem with STAGGER BAY, it's a novel that does so many small things right that it tips the scale in its favor. Once again, the sense of place is incredible. Actually, it's beyond incredible. The fictional city of Stagger Bay has a pulse and despite that it borrows from various iconic works (notabl ...more
John Sheridan
Feb 21, 2012 John Sheridan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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Feb 25, 2013 Col rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, h
Maybe you grow up in the gutter with no one to lend you a hand. But that’s okay – nobody owes you nothing no how.

Maybe you meet your one true love, have a son, and leave the Life forever to become a Citizen. You obey the law, think maybe you’ve paid your dues. You fool yourself into believing you’ve got something coming to you; you think the past is past, no more than a bad dream long gone.

But sometimes that’s all shown up as a load of crap. Sometimes reality slices through a
Nancy Silk
A Real "Who Done It" Mystery

Markus and his wife, Angela, move from Oakland, CA to a quiet, peaceful, small town on the coast of northern California. Stagger Bay is a former lumber town that is suffering from the loss of industry. Markus and his wife enjoy their young son and their new life away from high crime Oakland. However, it's not long before some murders are committed and Markus is tagged, sent to prison for several years, during which time his wife commits suicide and his son, Sam, is ra
Nov 21, 2012 Billie rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, free-ebook
The writing was the best part about this novel. Extremely well written, which is a rare find in ebooks these days. This was almost the problem for me: it was too well written and not very readable - the opposite of a page turner. The plot was good, but with so much going on it was not all believable. The author used way too much description and not enough action. A lot was happening, but I didn't feel any urgency or emotion in the story. Stagger Bay had a lot of potential, but nothing measured u ...more
Brandon Nagel
Jan 18, 2013 Brandon Nagel rated it it was amazing
I read STREET RAISED last year by a writer I had never heard of. I read it and was delighted when finished. I purchased STAGGER BAY and it has been on my TBR pile for some time now. I regret not picking it up sooner. STREET RAISED was good....STAGGER BAY was great, if you have never heard of Pearce Hansen and have never read anything by him, I suggest picking this book up pronto. Excellent introduction to an author we will be hearing a LOT more about in the years to come. Highly recommended.
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Shelves: danger
By the end, I was rooting for the antagonist
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Pearce Hansen is the author of Street Raised//, Stagger Bay, and The Storm Giants Gun Sex, his first short story collection, is also available

Pearce is an East Bay native who writes about what he knows: the streets of Oakland and her s
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