ONE OF THE BEST SUMMER BOOKS OF 2017: What a trip this novel is... It’s Riley’s debut novel and it’s the perfect balance of grit and gloss.
16 GREAT READS FOR SUMMER: Fascinating, intense, and passionately told, at times reminding us of another coming-of-age story, Emma Cline’s THE GIRLS... You’ll be hard-pressed to put this one down.
Come for the intoxicating beach imagery drawn from Daniel Riley’s California upbringing, stay for a moody novel of savvy babes and sunburned intrigue. Think THE GRADUATE, but with drug smuggling.
This is an excellent time capsule of ‘70s nostalgia, capturing that devil-may-care beach-culture vibe.
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Suzy Whitman, FLY ME’s central figure, is one of the most compelling and beautifully realized characters I’ve read in many a moon. And she inhabits an era—the seventies—that has much to say to us in these parlous times of ours. This is a dazzling debut by an important new novelist.
With thin, wild mercury rhythms and electrifying prose, Daniel Riley’s debut announces the arrival of a masterful novelist, giving flashes of Don DeLillo, Joan Didion, Dana Spiotta, even a glint of Thomas Pynchon. FLY ME does for seventies L.A. what Garth Risk Hallberg did for New York City in the same period. This is one to gulp down, and then savor.
Daniel Riley writes like he’s skipping stones—with a beautifully light touch, perfect precision, and something that feels a lot like magic.
Standing right on the corner of Don Winslow and Exile on Main Street, Daniel Riley conjures something remarkable—an unerring fusion of contemporary white-knuckle thriller and rawly elegant period piece, set at the moment the Vietnam-era counterculture cracked open wide enough to fly a skyjacked plane through. If scintillating writing and Hitchcockian dread weren’t enough, Riley also gives us Suzy Whitman, a classical heroine thrust by history and circumstance into the dangerous territory of modern autonomy, with uncharted modern consequences. Absolutely first-rate. I loved this book.
Daniel Riley’s FLY ME conjures the feeling of a long-passed decade in living color, flesh and bone—redolent with risk and possibility. This riveting novel is a window into a world we’ve forgotten we come from.
In his assured debut novel FLY ME, Daniel Riley uses crackling dialogue and meticulously drawn prose to evoke a sun-bleached 1970s tableau that hums with a raw mix of possibility and danger. The kind you’d want to escape into.
FLY ME is a vivid, virtuosic novel. Daniel Riley conjures a place and time as vibrant and compelling as the embattled young woman at the heart of this story.
FLY ME digs under the endless summer sand of Southern California to confirm what every young person suspects: the world is a conspiracy. I cheered as Riley’s heroine, Suzy, broke free from the sinister forces controlling her destiny to chart her own crazy flight plan.