Official Website of Anthony Award-winning Author

The Southland

Paperback Edition on sale August 17
from Agora Books
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johnny shaw

Johnny Shaw was born and raised on the Calexico/Mexicali border in the stifling heat of the California desert. He is the author of six novels including the Jimmy Veeder Fiasco border novels: DOVE SEASON, PLASTER CITY, and IMPERIAL VALLEY.


Johnny has been nominated for the Anthony Award three times, winning for Best Paperback Original in 2013 for the comedic adventure novel BIG MARIA. He has been shortlisted for a number of awards and has won the Spotted Owl Award twice. His short fiction has appeared in Thuglit, Plots with Guns, Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey, and numerous anthologies.


He was the Grand Marshal of the Holtville Carrot Festival  Parade in 2016, which means nothing to you, but everything to him. You can find Johnny on Twitter at @BloodandTacos.

My Books

Dove Season

Plaster City

The Upper Hand

The Southland


Blood & Tacos

Big Maria

Imperial Valley

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[Johnny Shaw] is excellent at creating a sense of place with a few deft strokes...he moves effortlessly between dark comedy and moments that pack a real emotional punch, and he's got a knack for off-kilter characters who are completely at home in their own personal corners of oddballdom.


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