Fogtown: A Novel
One foggy day in San Francisco brings together bloody ghosts, a dandyish thug, capricious cops, a suicidal punk rocker, a hyperliterate slumlord, and a sweet old lady sent by God to hand out cash from a hijacked armored car. In Fogtown, Peter Plate uses a loving hand to carve his characters out of hallucination, perversity, and tenacity. Plate's noir sensibility gives him special fluency with the weary souls of urban America's down and out; Fogtown describes a new age unmistakably built on the twentieth century of Nelson Algren and Charles Bukowski.
"[Plate's] San Francisco is a fiery hell, where the devil rides in a squad car, and God doesn't deign to put in an appearance." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Plate is to San Francisco what Hubert Selby Jr. is to New York: a gritty, honest speaker for the grimy masses and their everyday struggle to not just survive but triumph." —Willamette Week (Portland, OR)
Peter Plate taught himself to write fiction during eight years spent squatting in abandoned buildings. He is the author of seven previous novels, including One Foot off the Gutter (1995), Snitch Factory (1997), Police and Thieves (1999), and Angels of Catastrophe (2001), all published by Seven Stories Press. Plate lives in San Francisco, where, at spoken word concerts or readings, he has been known to speak his novels from memory.