Sneak peak - Chapter  One

Crooked Lane Books

ISBN: ‎ 978-1639102075

Dreamscape Audio

Subscribe to Michael's Newsletter
The latest from Michael, including news, views, reviews, gossip. Your personal information will never be shared, traded, or sold to anyone else. Ever. 

* indicates required

"Stellar"--Publishers Weekly

The 2nd Jen Lu Mystery

"Margaret Atwood meets Raymond Chandler meets Greta Thunberg: Jen Lu is back on the case when the death of a lawyer sparks an even more intriguing mystery in Michael Kaufman’s second book in the thrilling series."

It’s March 2034, six months after D.C. police detective Jen Lu and Chandler, her sentient bio-computer implanted in her brain and wannabe tough guy, cracked the mystery of Eden. The climate crisis is hitting harder than ever as waves of refugees pour into Washington, D.C.

Environmental lawyer and media darling Patty Garcia dies in a bizarre accident on a golf course. Of the seven billion people on the planet, only Jen thinks she was murdered. After all, Garcia just won a court case for massive climate change reparations to be paid out by oil, gas, and coal companies. Jen is warned off, but she and Chandler start digging. Signs point to Garcia’s abusive ex, a former oil giant, but soon Jen turns up more suspects who have an even greater motive for committing murder

Soon Jen is in the crosshairs of those who will ensure the truth never comes to light, no matter the cost. She has to move quickly before she becomes next on the killer’s list.

Bring Michael in-person or virtually to your bookstore, bookclub, or organization. Write: TheLastResort @

Order Today!

Indiebound has links to order from your local independent bookstore. Click to go to "The Last Resort" page and links to your local indies.  is  a great alternative to Amazon.  10% of sales go to local indie bookstores and authors receive a 10% commission too.

"Stellar... The near-future worldbuilding, the pacing, the plot twists, and the characters are all top-notch. Kaufman remains a rising talent." Publishers Weekly starred review

"Kaufman has a gift for snappy dialogue . . . A quirky, fast-paced whodunit with a provocative take on the near future.”Kirkus Reviews

“Kaufman's near-future Washington DC is at once unimaginable, terrifying, and thoroughly recognizable.”
—Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director of Washington DC’s Public Library



Praise for The Last Exit (Jen Lu 1)

"Outstanding"  Publishers Weekly

"Must read new thriller"

"Strong, richly imagined" Kirkus Reviews

"Engrossing ."―Emma Donoghue

“ Characters, plot and style: it’s got it all.” ―Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

The Last Exit hits hard. Fast action...keeps the reader thinking.” ―Thomas Perry

“Fun...charming… a baffling mystery [about] an inequitable society on the brink of chaos.” ―Con Lehane

“Clever, unconventional, compelling -  and one hell of a good read." ―Ian Hamilton

“I love a book that makes me think."―Anne Perry

“I LOVED it!... An odd couple partnership for the ages.”― Lucinda Surber


 Praise for The Afghan Vampires Book Club

“A riveting story. I read it straight through in one sitting.”  ―Jane Fonda

"One of the most powerful examples of the fiction being written in response to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan."―Foyle's Books, UK

"A thrilling mix of literary fantasy and politics; simply a tremendous read. Very, very impressive."―John Oakes, Publisher, OR Books

"Partly a satirical broadside against the insanity of war by two writers who have spent years campaigning against violence, The Afghan Vampires Book Club also works as conspiracy thriller, speculative fiction and full-on descent into hell."―The Herald, Scotland


Praise for The Time Has Come

“An inspiring book loaded with wisdom. I strongly recommend it!”  --      Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, U.N.  Special Adviser on Global Education

“Critically important for our time and required reading for us all. I had a hard time putting it down – it’s a great book.” --  Rosanna Arquette, Emmy-nominated actor

“A special book.” --  Judy Norsigian, co-creator, “Our Bodies Ourselves”

"A timely, incisive and accessible wake-up call for men around the world. It is vital reading for men everywhere " -- Laura Bates, Writer and Founder of Everyday Sexism

“With humor and heart, Kaufman provides a relatable blueprint for men.”  --      Matt McGorry, actor and activist, “Orange is the New Black,” “How to Get Away With Murder”

“Timely and important."  Deborah Gillis, Former CEO, Catalyst

“Like the father I played in Bend It Like Beckham, the time has come for men to open our hearts and minds to the aspirations of the girls and women around us. An essential book for our time.”  --   Anupam Kher, Actor and Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India  

“A must-read book  of hope.”      Aline Santos, Executive Vice President, Unilever

"THE global guidebook for all redefine our lives as men.”  David L. Bell, MD MPH, Medical Director, The Young Men’s Clinic, Columbia University Medical Center 

"Give it to every man you know." -- Judy Rebick,  feminist, journalist and author 

"A must-read!" -- Madeline Di Nonno, CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media