Katrina Carrasco with Nicola Griffith
This evening celebrates the publication of Seattle writer Katrina Carrasco’s much-anticipated debut novel, The Best Bad Things (MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Helping her and everyone else do so, in conversation, is esteemed Seattle writer Nicola Griffith, most recently author of So Lucky. The Best Bad Things is crime fiction circa 1887 - and introduces readers to Alma Rosales, ‘detective, smuggler, spy.’
“Carrasco succeeds in coupling a feminist historical that maintains period plausibility with an exploratory queer narrative rarely seen in the crime genre. Even readers uninterested in Alma’s identity journey will be impressed by her intelligence and social acumen, and drawn by the constantly shifting politics and well-timed reveals of the plot. Breath-catching pacing, tantalizingly rough-and-tumble characters who are somehow both distasteful and deeply relatable, palpable erotic energy, and powerful storytelling make this a standout.” —Publisher’s Weekly.
“A brazen, brawny, sexy standout of a historical thrill ride, The Best Bad Things is full of unforgettable characters and insatiable appetites. I was riveted. Painstakingly researched and pulsing with adrenaline, Carrasco’s debut will leave you thirsty for more.” —Lyndsay Faye.