Because Lydia didn't have arms or legs, she shelled out three thousand bucks to a washed up middleweight named Cap to give her ex-husband the beating of his life. But the beating turns to murder, and the murder into lust and desperation between Lydia and an underworld clean-up man. Meanwhile, overgrown frat boy car thieves take up cop killing as a side hobby. When these paths cross, a horror show of violence unfolds as they all slide into a hell of their own design, surrounded by the neon and noise of the casino strip on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Violent, vivid, life at hyper-speed. This debut novel from the editor of Plots with Guns is a noir nightmare that asks how much is too much in a relationship, and what is the cost of leaving? Ken Bruen calls it "the darkest song I've ever read".
I write crime novels. PSYCHOSOMATIC, THE DRUMMER, plus the Billy Lafitte series--YELLOW MEDICINE, HOGDOGGIN', and THE BADDEST ASS--and the Mustafa & Adem series--ALL THE YOUNG WARRIORS and ONCE A WARRIOR.
My e-original CHOKE ON YOUR LIES was published in January 2011. My entry in Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin's DEAD MAN series, COLDER THAN HELL, was published by 47North in January, '13. I'm the Chair of the English Department at Southwest Minnesota State University. I like tacos. I like red wine. Usually cheap red wine. Check out my website at http://anthonyneilsmith.typepad.com. Follow me on Twitter: @Prof_Neil_Smith