“This tasty 1950s L. A. noir crime novel goes down smoother than an Old Fashioned. highly recommended."
"Shocking, alluring, and utterly absorbing. Whether you're a fan of classic noir or white-knuckle action, I dare you to not be totally sucked in by The Lumbermill. As I turned the pages, I could smell the cigarette smoke and feel the fire on my back. What a ride!”
-Luke Swanson, The Ten and The Other Hamlet Brother
“Your mind wants to think of old black and white Dashiell Hammett or James. M. Cain PI tales, but Laya keeps digging deeper, tightening knots that tie her characters to dark pasts and to the utter blackness no one could imagine happening. Monsters do exist, and they are hard to defeat because death means nothing to them.”
-Val Conrad, The Julie Madigan Thriller Series
“A brutal, twisted, and beautifully written portrait of a detective taking on a web of evil.” Timothy Gene Sojka, Payback Jack
“The Lumbermill is an action-packed thriller that hits all the right notes of the noir tradition. And yet, it’s also much more than that, with the vivid character development of Augy Small, a self-aware protagonist who struggles to overcome the emotional scars of lost love and his time as a POW. An engaging read, although not for the faint-hearted, The Lumbermill is hopefully the first of more novels from Laya V. Smith.”
-Alastair Luft, One Kingdom Under Heaven