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Townies: And Other Stories of Southern Mischief Kindle Edition
A collection of riveting, funny, and captivating southern fried crime stories from Eryk Pruitt, one of the best new crime fiction writers working today. Townies, and Other Tales of Southern Mischief collects, for the first time, Pruitt's short fiction in a single volume.
The title story, "Townies," details what really happened one night, after hours, in a once popular East Texas sports bar, and the sinister revenge that would soon follow.
"Knacker," the story of a Texan who finds himself homeless in Dublin, Ireland, and willing to sacrifice damn near anything to scratch together what remaining pride he may have lost.
"Let's Be Awful" tells the story of a cocktail waitress who decides that, after a horrid round of revenge porn, her days of playing the victim have past.
In "A Lot Prettier (When You Smile)," we are introduced to a woman who can wrap any man around her finger and decides to put that powerful skill to use one last time.
When a black sheep son comes home to his sick momma's deathbed in "The Only Hell My Momma Ever Raised," he discovers long lost family secrets, as well as how he can use his own set of skills to give her a proper send off.
When Old Man McCarthy turns up dead in the bottoms of "Blood Holler," a cursory investigation turns up an unlikely suspect, which barely scratches the surface of the true implications of the brutal crime.
These and other stories will have you turning the pages to read more of one of the most unique voices in southern fiction.
"Hardboiled honey packed with razor blades and dynamite, strange and leanly written, and tossed into a tornado; WHAT WE RECKON is the insane love child of James Cain and Jim Thompson, a modern piece of folk lore covered in gasoline and set on fire. This baby rocks like a motel bed during a cheap honeymoon. You need it." ―Joe R. Lansdale, author of HAP & LEONARD and HONKY TONK SAMURAI
“Pruitt delivers an excellent addition to the gritty Southern noir genre. Readers of Hunter S. Thompson and David Joy will enjoy the psychedelic twists and turns as well as the rapid-fire dialog.”― Library Journal(Starred Review)
"Assured prose carries the reader along to the shattering and enigmatic ending.” ―Publishers Weekly
"I'd tell you to remember the name Eryk Pruitt, but after you read WHAT WE RECKON, it'll be impossible to forget. This is Southern noir prepared just the way you like it: Boiled hard, gritty as hell, and aimed straight at your heart." ―Rob Hart, author of THE WOMAN FROM PRAGUE and NEW YORKED--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07FN353XF
- Publisher : Polis Books (October 16, 2018)
- Publication date : October 16, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 900 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 204 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,930,867 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This has been on my TBR pile for so long that I forgot all about it. I'm glad I finally got around to it. This is good stuff! Recommended for anyone who enjoys a dark tale told in "down home" style.
I'll add in my Jack London bit, just because...
An Illustrative Comparison of Jack London’s, To Build a Fire, and Eryk Pruitt’s, Townies:
Jack London wrote a story showing us, externally, the unconsciousness, the desperation's and ultimately the destruction of the un-adapted. Internally, it is a commentary on morals, evolution, traditions, and human frailties. We see man face nature and lose, evolution being the true winner of the battle.
In Pruitt’s book we see a social commentary of current times and ides, and we swallow our bile and continue reading (instead of puking into our Make America Great hats) because the writing is really **** good.
I’m a redhead and a townie, myself, and I’d like to say I’m glad that walls can’t talk and three can keep a secret if two are dead. Bless their hearts, the good never live long.
Tl;dr If you **** with a townie, you may end up learning the lesson a way you don’t like. Like the trunk of a car and a long empty stretch of tar.
“A rat always knows when he’s in with weasels…”
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Townies.
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His range is impressive – in terms of subject matter, characters and setting – and there’s something here for every fiction fan, from a humorous take on a vengeful tale about profiting via fantasy football to a cruel battle over a lawn mowing route.
The dialogue in every story is convincing and the themes explored – whether it’s violence, the threat of violence, desperation or redemption – are delivered with care an aplomb. Lots of showing not telling, lots of brutality and second guessing, this author has a lot of control over his writing and the stories had me entertained and, in some cases, spellbound.