Nobody from Somewhere: A Crime Novel

Kalteis, Dietrich

  • In this action-packed caper novel, a long-retired cop gets wrapped up with a girl on the run

    Long-retired cop Fitch Henry Haut is terminally ill and living out his final years alone. As he sits in his favorite diner enjoying the meatloaf special, he watches as a young girl steps in and spots two rough-looking men at the counter. When they see her, she runs off and they give chase.

    His cop instincts kick in and Fitch follows, catching up with them in the parking lot. As the two men try to force her into their vehicle, Fitch manages to get the upper hand, and he and the girl take off in his broken-down Winnebago.

    The girl is Wren Jones, a runaway from an abusive foster home. Earlier that day she overheard the two men going on about a casino robbery they just committed, and this was the second time she got away from them that day. Fitch realizes the men will come hunting for them again, and that the ailing rig he’s driving won’t be hard to spot. A bond forms as Fitch and Wren struggle to escape out of town, both aware that time is not on their side.


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  • Dietrich Kalteis is an award-winning author. His debut, Ride the Lightning, was hailed as one of the best Vancouver crime novels. He lives on Canada’s west coast, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and spends as much time as possible in California.

  • Published: June 2022

    ISBN: 9781770416116

    Dimensions: 5 x 7.75 in.

    Pages: 256


“Valor, betrayal, and bad alliances collide in this exciting crime novel set on Canada’s West Coast … A brisk pace and sharp attention to character help propel this lean story of chance encounters amid a battle for survival. Fans of gritty crime fiction will be gratified.” — Publishers Weekly

“The time spent on the characters allows for the development of more fleshed-out characters which adds to the enjoyment of the novel.” — Mystery & Suspense Magazine

Nobody From Somewhere, written by Dietrich Kalteis, is tightly plotted, at times violent, international crime story. Kalteis builds the story slowly, introducing us to different characters and their motives. The story touches on the themes of betrayal, revenge and friendship. Yet the novel is also a sly critique of Vancouver as the land of opportunity. ” — The British Columbia Review

“This is a high-octane page turner, populated with well drawn complex and edgy characters up against seemingly impossible odds and authentic sounding dialogue. Fans of noir crime will not be disappointed.” — The Reading Room blog

“A lot of people try to write books like this. Kalteis not only succeeds, he takes it to another level.” — Dana King, two-time Shamus Award nominee and author of the Penns River series

“I’ve reviewed a few of Dietrich Kalteis’ books: Under an Outlaw Moon, Cradle of the Deep, and Zero Avenue. This one just might be my favourite. Well recommended.” — Murder in Common

“Kalteis has that direct, no-frills way of writing about people who may not always be the most brightest Crayolas in the box, portraying them with empathy and even compassion — not always a given in noir fiction, where smug condescension and mockery too often rule. Elmore Leonard had that gift, and so does Kalteis, and he employs it with a wallop here.” — Thrilling Detective