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That Left Turn at Albuquerque

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A hardboiled valentine to the Golden State, That Left Turn at Albuquerque marks the return of noir master Scott Phillips.
Douglas Rigby, attorney-at-law, is bankrupt. Hes just sunk his last $200,000a clandestine loan from his last remaining client, former bigshot TV exec Glenn Haskillinto a cocaine deal gone wrong. The lesson? Never trust anyone else with the dirty work.
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Soho Crime
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Jeffrey Keeten
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardboiled, mysteries
But there was something about the undeniable direness of the situation that stimulated him. His sense of self had always been that of an overmatched fighter, thriving in hopeless situations. He felt more confident and alive than he had when hed first taken possession of the cocaine. Or whatever it had been.

It all comes down to the baby laxative; well, Douglas Rigby was told it was cocaine when he handed over the $200,000 he had embezzled from his last remaining client, but really, if we unpack
Mar 28, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Absolutely terrible. This was a painful read.
Ron S
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bad or at least morally dubious people misbehave in a modern noir set in Ventura, CA.
Bill Sleeman
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
A fast-paced narrative flawed by standard hard boiled fiction characters and a too obvious outcome. This was a diverting read for my morning commute but not especially originalkind of like a grocery store box of macaroni and cheese, serviceable but not to be mistaken for haute cuisine. ...more Mystery & Thriller
It helps to be jaded when reading THAT LEFT TURN AT ALBUQUERQUE. Scott Phillips definitely makes his own rules when writing his novels, which are full of characters who might cause you to lose what little faith you still have in humanity. In his latest book, Phillips is merely pointing out that it is not outside the realm of possibility that groups of people might haphazardly assemble for selfish and nefarious purposes, and none of them are worth the gunpowder to shoot them. Remember what your ...more
Brian Andrews
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I liken this style of writing to quick jabs in a boxing ring. While there is an underlying story, this novel is written as sometimes, somewhat clever vignettes. There are a lot of players in this piece, and as they're introduced and reappear, it isn't always clear who has come back to the story - I almost needed to take notes, but then decided I just didn't care enough to engage at that level. Mostly because there aren't any likable characters. Nor are there any strong villains. The book is a ...more
Bobby McCue
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Capers gone wrong and everyone has an angle. A quick reading, dialog driven book which gives great insight to each character. Witty, sardonic and twisted funny in places. Kinda the California mix of a sun-baked mentality with a little Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiiasen thrown in. There are some underhanded jabs at certain institutions which I loved. Maybe it's because I live out here that it rings true, but partly because I've enjoyed Scott's stories since the beginning. Not your typical SOHO Press ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love most of the mysteries that Soho publishes but I was disappointed in this outing. While I like noir in general, I did not really find any of the characters all that interesting. I also did not fond the plot all that interesting. If you like dark, with very little redeeming in the plot,; this is your book.
Anita C.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Not my kind of book. Ending left too many threads unwoven...
Ronald Koltnow
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
To Be Published by The Soho Press on 3 March 2020
In the 18th Century, authors wrote of lovable rogues. Douglas Rigby is no rogue; he is a ticking time bomb of need, schemes, and bad impulse control. Scott Philips, though, makes him likeable, if not necessarily lovable. Each grand vision of unlimited success that Rigby anticipates is fouled by human nature, especially his own. He embezzles, sets up drug deals, delivers grievous bodily harm, kills, lies, cons, cheats, forges, and adulterizes. He
Mar 22, 2020 is currently reading it
The one persistent problem with reading a Scott Phillips novel is you can never figure out who youre supposed to root for. You meet a series of engaging characters, all of them relatable -- and then you realize theyre all liars, cheats and maybe worse.

In Phillips latest modern-noir offering, That Left Turn at Albuquerque (Soho Crime, $27.95), the putative protagonist is Douglas Rigby, a musclebound Los Angeles-area lawyer who needs a big score to keep his little firm from collapsing.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
I did not enjoy this book (hence the 2 star rating). The story of a California lawyer (Rigby) whose partner has died, leaving him about to lose his house and his business. After stealing a large sum of money from his only remaining client, and losing it in a drug deal gone bad, Rigby comes up with plans to replace the money and feather his own nest. When said client dies, he will steal the one important painting the client owns (which he has left to his old school in his will), replace it with ...more
Becci West
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Crime caper with plenty of screwups
Karen Bullock
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read as an arc in exchange for an honest review.
California, shady lawyer(no surprises there!), fueled by greed & bites off more then he can chew.
Drugs, cheating spouses, everyone's out for themselves and see who can get the best deal.
Hilarious at some pivotal points in the story which brilliantly lightens the mood and keeps this story from being a much darker read.
My first time reading this author & if he writes like this all the time? He could easily become a favorite author. Highly
Jason Bovberg
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So great to have Scott Phillips back! This assemblage of sleazy assholes, all angling to stab one another in the back, is SO fun to follow through all their idiosyncrasies and shady motives. What I appreciated most about this book, much like Phillips' ICE HARVEST, is the perfectly pitched, laugh-out-loud black humor.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, galley
A fun one with some wonderfully deplorable characters.
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Just average. Not a page-turner and with the characters and subject it should be. Not sure where it went wrong.
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