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Skull Fragments
by Tim L. Williams


Overview - Two smalltime drug dealers having breakfast in a diner consider killing the cop who stops in for a cup of coffee and kidnapping their waitress. When an old geezer asks an unemployed car salesman to murder his son-in-law to be, the salesman isn't sure if he's up for such a radical career change.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Two smalltime drug dealers having breakfast in a diner consider killing the cop who stops in for a cup of coffee and kidnapping their waitress. When an old geezer asks an unemployed car salesman to murder his son-in-law to be, the salesman isn't sure if he's up for such a radical career change. A young man has to come to terms with the fact that his father is a serial sexual predator. In these and ten other noir tales set mostly in the sun-dappled hills and valleys of Western Kentucky, Tim L. Williams plumbs the swamps that lurk inside the heads and hearts and souls of people just trying to get by. Whether in the quiet towns or along the lonely back roads or on the interstates, the protagonists of Williams' stories discover getting by is no easy task in a world where your most dangerous enemy is often yourself. With crystal clear sentences, Williams paints the dark side with chilling sympathy. You won't soon forget these stories.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780989932387
  • ISBN-10: 0989932389
  • Publisher: New Pulp Press
  • Publish Date: November 2014
  • Page Count: 374
  • Dimensions: 7.99 x 5 x 0.77 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.81 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-01-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

The 14 tales in Thriller Award–winner Williams’s first story collection make definitive end-of-winter reading for those not already depressed enough by the weather. Set largely in and around the fictional burg of Greenview in Harps County, Ky., on the banks of the real Green River, the stories follow a cavalcade of losers haunted by oxy, meth, and broken dreams. The mines have closed, and the world is populated by traveling salesmen, grifters, hookers, and their prey. The more ambitious characters have sex slaves, dead or alive, imprisoned in a shed or trailer or bomb shelter. One particular image sums it up: “Other days when she felt particularly blue, she’d imagine her mother lying in a ditch beside a ribbon of asphalt, hidden from passing cars by waist-high weeds, the flies and beetles crawling over her staring eyes.” For those who can’t get enough noir where nobody wins, this is perfect. (Mar.)

 
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