• A neo-noir novel set in Oakland, Circa 2013-14

  • Eastern Span

    A "pay-what-you-want" novel.


    The story follows Pug, a down-on-his-luck gig economy worker, as he stumbles and bumbles through gentrifying Oakland's bougie cafes, dive-bars-turned-cocktail-joints, and ever-expanding homeless encampments as he tries to find a long-lost friend. Along the way, Pug stumbles across a housing conspiracy that goes all the way to the top.


    The whole thing runs a very readable 215 pages.

    How to download


    How to pay

    Each download, which includes original artwork by local artists, is available for free, and/or for a "pay-what-you-want" donation.


    Venmo: @Rick-Paulas

    Paypal: rickpaulas@gmail.com

    Or email me for another method of payment: rickpaulas@gmail.com


    Please put "Noir Book" or "Eastern Span" in the memo, so I know what the payment is for.


    If you do send payment, first: Thank you. It means a lot.


    Second: your payment will be forwarded onto homeless services in the Bay (more information below). If you have a specific one you'd like to send it to, please make a note.




    PDF version


    Epub eBook version (and how to send an EPub to your Kindle)


    .mobi version (and how to send it to your Kindle)

    Where will that $$$ go?


    All proceeds from this novel will be given to one of the following homeless services in the Bay Area.


    Coalition on Homelessness

    Poor Magazine

    The Village in Oakland

    St. Vincent de Paul

    The Street Spirit