With a bag of cash in the trunk of his car, Bill heads west, ready for a new life. But all that money makes him a tempting target for some bad people he meets on the road—and if that wasn’t dangerous enough, some old friends are close behind him, and they intend to make a trophy of his head.
Pursued by crooked cops, dimwitted bouncers, and a wisecracking assassin in the midst of a midlife crisis, Bill will need to be a quick study in the way of the gun if he wants to survive his own getaway. Who knew that an honest attempt at redemption could rack up a body count like this?
A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps is a gonzo noir journey into obsession, violence, and the power of love.
Praise for A BRUTAL BUNCH OF HEARTBROKEN SAPS:
“Dark, bleak and in-your-face, take-no-prisoners prose, everything you want in crime fiction.” —Frank Bill, author of Donnybrook and Crimes in Southern Indiana.
“Kolakowski’s got a gift of scratching his readers’ itch for pulpy, gut-wrenching narrative that moves a mile a minute and never lets you go. A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps is a hell of a yarn that sets the stage for what should be an essential series for fans of the genre.” —Angel Luis Colón, author of No Happy Endings and The Fury of Blacky Jaguar.
“Ruthless, off-the-wall and surprisingly heartfelt, A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps is much more than a heist book, and showcases the skills of an emerging writer in Nick Kolakowski. Featuring memorable characters, a down-on-his-luck protagonist and a story that’s equal parts insane and sincere, Saps is the kind of book you read fast and revisit immediately to savor the experience again.” —Alex Segura, acclaimed author of Dangerous Ends and Down the Dark Street.
“A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps is a hell of a ride. Put on the Elvis tunes, or your best glittery suit, and enjoy Bill's escape from the boys in New York. He's trying to ditch his life of crime but it's pretty hard to do when you have a bunch of stolen money in your trunk and a band of people on your tail. Maybe a woman could save Bill's body and soul, and all that money? Whatever the outcome, Kolakowski's fabulous writing shines and the twists and turns will keep you reading to the very last page. A wonderful, entertaining read.” —Jen Conley, author of Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens.
Long-time British actor and author Hugh Fraser whose portrayal of Dr. Hastings in Poirot TV series captured the hearts of many viewers has also written a refreshing story for Mystery Tribune which is included in this collection.
A curated collection of photography from European and American artists, along with interviews with iconic comic illustrator Rick Geary on Billy The Kid, bestselling author Nick Petrie, Noir Comics legend Sean Phillips and some of the best voices in mystery and suspense are among the other highlights.
The issue features:Stories by Brendan DuBois, J. Todd Scott, Nick Kolakowski, Dan Fiore, Brian Silverman, David Rachels, and Hugh Fraser.An essay on Psychopaths in crime fiction by Elena Avanzas Alvarez. Interviews and Reviews by Rick Geary, Nick Petrie, Tom Sweterlitsch, James Anderson, and Sean Phillips. Photography by Małgorzata Sajur (Poland) and Ashley Joncas (U.S.) and more...
An elegantly crafted quarterly issue, printed on uncoated paper and with a beautiful layout designed for optimal reading experience, our Winter 2018 issue will make a perfect companion or gift for avid mystery readers and fans of literary crime fiction.
Holed up in Havana, Bill and Fiona know the Mob is coming for them—it’s just a question of time. But they’re not prepared for who the Mob sends: a pair of assassins so utterly amoral and demented, their behavior pushes the boundaries of sanity. Seriously, what kind of killers pause in mid-hunt to discuss the finer points of thread count and luxury automobiles?
Forced on the run (again), Bill and Fiona will venture from the crumbling streets of Cuba to the steaming jungles of Nicaragua, and finally back to the mean streets of New York City. If they want to survive, our fine young criminals can’t retreat anymore: they’ll need to pull off a massive (and massively weird) heist—and the loot has some very dark history…
Praise for SLAUGHTERHOUSE BLUES:
“Dark, bleak and in-your-face, take-no-prisoners prose, everything you want in crime fiction.” —Frank Bill author of Donnybrook and Crimes in Southern Indiana
Then we have a chilling new tale by short story specialist Nick Kolakowsi, followed by this issue’s featured writer, Bill Crider, who takes us to Blacklin County, Texas, where he treats us to a new story starring everyone’s favorite sheriff, Dan Rhodes.
Tim Lockhart’s debut novel came out earlier this year amidst a lot of buzz and he’s here with a very dark tale indeed. Next we offer a taste of J.J. Hensley’s fast-paced writing with an airborne story as we await the premiere of a new series early next year.
Our trip to the past brings us to the legendary writer Carroll John Daly and his no-holds-barred character Race Williams, who never shot any man that didn’t deserve it. We close out the issue with a story strong with irony by Ben Boulden. Throw in a terrific column by J. Kingston Pierce and you’ve got another issue of Down & Out: The Magazine.
The issue features:Stories by Lynne Barrett (Edgar Award Winner), Bill Soldan (Best American Mystery Short Stories 2017), Tai Matsumoto, Teresa Sweeney, Paul Heatley and Nick Kolakowski.Essays by Katharina Hall, Rosemary Johnsen and Elena Avanzas Álvarez (Los Angeles Review of Books). Interviews and Reviews by David Joy and Thomas Andes. Photography by Angela Kasalia and more.
An elegantly crafted 180 page quarterly issue, and with a beautiful layout designed for optimal reading experience, our Spring 2017 issue will make a perfect companion or gift for avid mystery readers or fans of literary crime fiction.