Genre: Crime Fiction/Noir/Short Story Collection
“From a bank robbery gone horribly wrong to a shipwrecked man with a serious anger problem to a lonely teenage Peeping Tom, Ryan Sayles's second collection of stories steam rolls along. Need a transvestite beating up her drug dealer? Got it. What about a guy trying to stuff a dead hooker into his trunk? Got it also. Need a Richard Dean Buckner story? Got two of 'em. Come on in and join the mayhem.”
Ryan Sayles is the author of several books including the Richard Dean Buckner hard-boiled detective series.
For more, visit Mr. Sayles website.
A solid collection of short stories with one common theme. They're dark. Not just outside on a cloudy night dark. More stuck at the bottom of a long mine shaft dark. But there is also a touch of humor buried in many of the stories for a bit of comic relief, whether the absurdity of trying to fit a dead hooker in a too-small car trunk or at the end of the final story when hard-boiled detective Richard Dean Buckner gets a little too touchy-feely for such a tough guy.
All of these stories are hard-boiled and dark. Not for the squeamish. (If you're easily offended by strong language, you shouldn't even have to ask. It wouldn't be a book for you.)
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 35-40,000 words