Zig Zag
Book Topics
Mojave Desert
Marijuana dispensary
Tareytons
Bail bondsman
Flying Burrito Brothers
Gram Parsons
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Acapulco Gold
Edibles
Van Nuys
San Fernando Valley
Ghost Town
Calico

Zig Zag

Capri Dall has a foolproof plan to knock over the marijuana dispensary where she works. But when her boyfriend botches the heist, the two of them end up in a stolen car with a trunkful of rare high-end weed–and an unhinged security guard on their trail.
Harry Robatore is a burned-out rhinestone cowboy, barely scraping by as a bail bondsman. Agreeing to help out an old pal, and settle his bar tab, he sets out to track down the lovers on the run. The chase begins in the San Fernando Valley and leads him deep into the heart of the Mojave Desert–building to an explosive showdown at a ghost town tourist trap.

Book Topics
Mojave Desert
Marijuana dispensary
Tareytons
Bail bondsman
Flying Burrito Brothers
Gram Parsons
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Acapulco Gold
Edibles
Van Nuys
San Fernando Valley
Ghost Town
Calico

Reviews and Comments

  • A book that starts with an epigraph from D.C. Berman already has me eating out of its hand but then J.D. O’Brien goes and ups the ante. Zig Zag is a cosmic American crime odyssey that’s reminiscent of Barry Gifford, James Crumley, Charles Portis, Elmore Leonard, and Charles Willeford. Wild, funny, and entertaining as hell. Capri Dall and Harry Robatore are characters I won’t soon forget.

    author of SHOOT THE MOONLIGHT OUT, CITY OF MARGINS, and A FRIEND IS A GIFT YOU GIVE YOURSELF
  • An at times funny, at times hard-boiled, at times sweetly sad crime romp set in some of the scuzzier pockets of Southern California. J.D. O’Brien lovingly limns these divey bars, rundown motels, and ticky-tacky apartments and brings to life the stoned and soused oddballs who stumble through them. It’s Elmore Leonard meets Warren Zevon with a wry sensibility all its own, and I enjoyed every page of it.

    author of ROVERS, THE SMACK, and ANGEL BABY
  • Feels like a great 70s movie.

    director of PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, JOE
  • A rare debut crime novel with the hardboiled humor of Charles Willeford and Barry Gifford, J.D. O’Brien’s saga of a dope-smoking, Nudie suit-wearing bail bondsman is a freewheeling oater for the ages.

    author of FOREST OF FORTUNE, CORPORATE ROCK SUCKS: THE RISE & FALL OF SST RECORDS
  • A weed-soaked modern western packed with laugh-out-loud digressions and hard luck characters so real I half-expected to find one sitting on a barstool next to me long after I finished the novel. The kind of offbeat book that I can’t wait to loan out to friends.

    author of THE CULT IN MY GARAGE, and writer/director of WHO INVITED THEM
  • The perfect Country & Western novel.

    author of L.A. BY MOUTH: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO EATING IN LOS ANGELES
  • A richly written caper…J.D. O’Brien is already a master of the neonoir genre.

    author of ISLAND ON FIRE (winner of the 2020 NBCC Award for Nonfiction), and THE NATIONAL ROAD
  • Droll humor swirls nicely with serious violence in this madcap adventure… a mesmerizing story with a strong set of characters in this engrossing page-turner.

  • This is the sort of book that sat on my desk for three or four months because I didn’t believe O’Brien could pull it off, could live up to the high bar set by the likes of Thomas Pynchon or Hunter S. Thompson in creating believable characters who just happen to inhabit a world where a strong buzz is part of an honest day’s work, but I’m here to tell you he did it.