Author Jim Kohlberg has worn many hats: award-winning producer; screenplay writer; film and stage director. The Golden Gate Is Red, his first novel, is inspired by a true story that shook the financial world in 2001. The tightly woven thriller follows Max Smoller, a forensic tax accountant who must face unfinished business when a former friend and partner suddenly dies.
This brush with death throws Max into a tailspin. His world is further jeopardized when the woman he once loved reappears. Clearly, the people Max thought had moved on without him have been keeping tabs on him all along.
Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series, described Kohlberg’s tale as “darkly atmospheric and deeply evocative—a chillingly Chandleresque dive into the lives and crimes of the wealthy and corrupt of San Francisco.”
Until that March, I knew not death and it knew not me.
But now it fills my heart and hands and nose, like the smell of the rich California loam I threw on Joe’s coffin, the dry peaty warmth of the clods thudding on the cherrywood, the dust of it staining my palms. We’re born dying and we know it—that’s what I found that spring of 2003. I carry it with me every waking day.