Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Fiction Noir

Ride the Lightning

A Crime Novel

by (author) Dietrich Kalteis

ECW Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2014
Noir, Crime
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2014
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2014
    List Price

Add it to your shelf

Where to buy it



“If you like your crime hard and fast, Kalteis is for you.” — Globe and Mail

“A man quickly becoming the heir-apparent to Elmore Leonard.” Crime Syndicate Magazine

Bounty hunter Karl Morgen was after Miro Knotts on a skipped bond when he found the dope dealer wrapped around an underage girl at a rave in Seattle. Dragging Miro in the hard way gets Karl’s license revoked — while Miro gets off with a suspended sentence.

So Karl finds some work as a process server in Vancouver, thinking it’s the kind of place where people settle things with middle fingers instead of guns. But the city is teeming with two-bit criminals, drug dealers, and gangsters, and Miro seizes an opportunity to settle his score with Karl while working a major drug deal. What follows is a ride through Vancouver’s underbelly, with a cast of characters whose ambition exceeds their criminal acumen, in a crackling novel marked by both gritty realism and a sharp comedic touch.


About the author

Dietrich Kalteis’s short stories have been published widely, and his screenplay Between Jobs was a finalist in the 2003 Los Angeles Screenplay Festival. Kalteis lives in West Vancouver, British Columbia. This is his first novel.

Dietrich Kalteis' profile page


  • Runner-up, Independent Publisher Book Award

Editorial Reviews


“A fast, powerful read full of action, twists, and dark humour.” — Col’s Criminal Library

“What I like best is that it sustains a breakneck pace without sacrificing character to action, or action to character. Kalteis made me care about his cast of lowlifes, screw-ups, and marginals without stopping the action too often for endearing moments of humanity or self-conscious wit.” — Detectives Beyond Borders

“Dietrich Kalteis will be deservedly compared to Elmore Leonard, but he is an original voice. Ride the Lightning is a great story filled with wonderfully flawed characters.” — John McFetridge, author of the Toronto Series


Other titles by Dietrich Kalteis