In the Company of Educated Men


Lennie Ashland has graduated from Harvard, but his father’s sudden death has shattered his dream life of entitlement and privilege. Aimless, Lennie buys a beat up Delta 88 sedan and takes his two best friends on a road trip to ‘discover America.’

At a nondescript gas station in the hinterlands, a teenaged carjacker and a desperate runaway girl derail Lennie’s grand plan, and take him and his friends for the ride of their lives. Now with the Feds, local police, and thugs in hot pursuit, these ‘Young Turks’ meet the blunt edge of a racial underclass reality in a way they could’ve never imagined.

Written in Gaiter’s bold and incisive style, his latest novel reads like a page-turning action narrative. In the Company of Educated Men is an edgy, hard-edged and powerful Urban Thriller. 

About The Author

LEONCE GAITER is the author of the noir thriller Bourbon Street. His nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington TimesLA WeeklyNY Newsday, theWashington PostSalon, and in national syndication. His short fiction has appeared in the literary MA12_16_0001_webmagazine ArchipelagoBourbon Street was published by Carroll & Graf in 2005. His historical novel, I Dreamt I Was in Heaven: The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gangö is from Legba Books (September 2011). He currently lives in Northern California. Raised in New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Germany, Missouri, Maryland, and elsewhere, he is the quintessential army brat—rootless, restive, and disagreeable. He began writing in grade school and continued the habit through his graduation from Harvard. He moved to Los Angeles and put his disagreeability to work in the creative and business ends of the film and music industries. is a hub for booklovers and dedicated to on-the-rise authors that readers may not have heard of. For readers constantly in search of new titles, authors and ideas for their next read, BookTrib will introduce them under-the-radar writers who might be a perfect match. BookTrib has it all: new and noteworthy, exclusive reviews, video interviews, the hottest book podcasts, and all the buzz to enhance readers' understanding and enjoyment of books and up and coming authors. Top-notch contributors. In-the-know content partners. Expert recommendations. Behind-the-scenes peeks. is produced by Meryl Moss Media, a 25-year-old literary marketing, publicity and social media firm. Visit

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