But Leo Rice does ask questions ... and suddenly Stebbins' Marina, an oasis of easy living, hard drinking and free love for its residents, is in jeopardy. And in less than a month, their paradise will be interrupted by twisted emotions, buried hatred - and brutal murder.
They want the truth. They'll kill to get it.
Eli and Ronnie are two lawless Brits on the road in America. Their mission is to find Trent, a guy who screwed Eli over and disappeared. But now, after forty hours driving through yellow desert, eating at lonely motels, what seemed real is no longer certain. Where did Trent stay? What did he do? Did he even exist at all?
Leaving violent killings in their wake, Ronnie and Eli can do nothing except keep travelling forward. These two men are trapped in a nightmarish road trip. And they know they must confront their own personal demons before they can come home.
Previously published as Road Kill.
REVIEWS FOR HANNA JAMESON'S LONDON TRILOGY:
'Jameson's taut and spare narrative complements a gripping plot with unmistakable undertones of the legends of this genre, Chandler, Ellroy, Rankin' Red.
'Jameson writes like an angel on speed. Ellroy and sometimes Rankin walk you to the dark side brilliantly. Something You Are is no less gripping, shocking and relentless' Q Magazine.
'Jameson writes in turbo-charged shorthand, her fierce, sparse prose sparking off the page. She's able to evoke a whole scene with a single detail, and she's got a gift for getting under the skin of her characters' The Book Bag.
'Caustic and energetic ... Echoes of James Ellroy ... Those Crazy Freeways is a literary road movie smelling of hot American tarmac and cheap motels' Guardian.
Who doesn't remember sitting in a frigid lake, trying to help a youngster get up on water skis for the first time, launching a boat while the whole world seems to be watching, or getting caught up in a nest of wasps? This collection of stories, elegantly organized into four seasons (spring, summer, autumn, and winter), will make readers laugh, cry, and long to be at the cottage a "must have" for every cottage bookshelf.
For some of his enemies, that’s still not enough punishment.
Agents Colleen Hartle and Franklin Rome want Lafitte dead so bad, they’ve put a price on his head—eighteen grand to the first prisoner who takes him out.
Gang leader Ri’Chess and Head Prison Guard Garner want to collect, and they don’t mind who gets run over while they try—like inmate Bryce West, a pawn for whoever hurts him the most.
Lafitte’s church-going ex-mother-in-law believes in redemption…for everyone except Billy, perhaps. But she still believes a son has a right to see the truth about his father, so she brings his boy Ham for what she expects to be their final visit.
When they all converge on a half-finished prison on the North Dakota prairie during a blizzard, something bad is bound to happen.
The third chapter of the Billy Lafitte saga (following Yellow Medicine and Hogdoggin’) tests the limits of everyone whose life revolves around this man and all his deeds. He’s a shadow of his former self, but he still fights to survive, if only for spite.
Sometimes, being the baddest ass of them all isn’t worth it.
Praise for THE BADDEST ASS:
“It’s gonna get bad up in here and it’s gonna get sad and it’s gonna get just plain nasty. Right now, this sits at the top of my ‘Best Thrillers of 2013.’” —Les Edgerton, author of The Rapist, The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping and others
“There are going to be the hardcore crowd who fucking love it, and there are going to be people who will never buy Smith’s stuff again…I think it’s a tremendous novel, the kind of book that would never be published by NY, one of those nasty little underground books that people hold onto with both hands.” —Ray Banks, author of the Cal Innes novels and the Farrell & Cobb books