Chimney sweep Shane McCarthy has three great loves in life: a whip-smart wife named Lou, pickup basketball, and his booming hometown, San Francisco. While Lou hunts easy millions at the height of the dot-com frenzy, Shane fills his extra hours searching for a troubled player from his weekly hoops game—a twenty-year-old named Sampson who’s disappeared, leaving only a bulging duffle bag behind. Following the trail that winds through Pacific Heights parties and the projects, Shane unravels a mystery that links his wife’s new world to the missing Sampson and his family.
Evoking the glitter of The Great Gatsby and the pulsing streets of Clockers, Winners is both a chronicle of a surreal historic moment and a gripping portait of a man caught between two worlds. A novel of startling scope and ambition, Winners reaches into the hearts and minds of would-be millionaires and ghetto toughs, businesswomen and single moms, gym-rat moguls and pissed-off slackers, all grasping for the gold ring of something better.
Eric B. Martin grew up in Maine, studied in North Carolina and Texas, and lives in San Francisco. MacAdam/Cage will publish his third novel in 2006.
“Swift-moving tale about basketball, murder, and the Internet on the mean streets of San Francisco… Expertly written, just the right blend of existential mystery with hoop dreams, and plenty of middle-aged angst to spare.”
Publication Date: February 14, 2005