Hey, Tom Sanchez is one of the most notable writers here in San Francisco, having written a bunch of books I really enjoy, including Zoot Suit Murders, King Bongo, and Mile zero.
King Bongo, just came out in paperback, and I can't recommend it too highly.
About the author, courtesy of Jane Ganahl:
Thomas Sanchez lived for many years in Key West, Mallorca and Paris, where the French Republic awarded him the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. He currently resides in San Francisco. He is the author of
King Bongo, Mile Zero, Day of the Bees, Zoot-Suit Murders and Rabbit Boss, which was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the most important books of the twentieth century.
Here's the young man himself: