Older but hardly wiser, Vic Valentine finds himself in hot water again when he becomes embroiled with a Hollywood bad boy who wants to make a film about the anachronistic private eye’s tumultuous life.
With a social justice bent, and featuring some of today’s best crime fiction writers, Just to Watch Them Die is a kick-ass collection of wronged men and women who, like The Man in Black, walk the line every day, fighting for what they believe is right.
In this, the fourth installment in Gutter Books’ Rock Anthology Series, we pay tribute to, and hopefully in some small way enhance the legend of, a band that has spoken so compellingly to— and for—millions of people searching for meaning in the modern world.
When street hustler Vincent Grant is enlisted to throw a scare into a deviant priest, he does it dutifully, leaving the man bleeding on the floor of a seedy apartment. But when the priest is found brutally murdered, life as Vincent knew it ends and he has to flee as killers on both sides of the law make him the target of a city-wide manhunt.
When mobster Richard “Red” Scarlotti’s son goes missing, Dylan Thomas Lonagan, a private detective with truckloads of baggage, is hired to find him, and lands himself in the middle of a mob war.As two crime families try to settle old scores, Lonagan is forced to ally with Red’s hitman brother, Whitey, a hard nut with a soft side and a secret of his own.
The Triangle started as just another bar band from Seattle. But as the country exploded with righteous rage, they found themselves with a headlining gig at the revolution. From their jagged first tour, through their trials with a zombifying psychotropic drug and the destruction of a national treasure that sealed their infamy, The Triangle stayed one step ahead of the law . . . until one fateful encounter with luck and love taught them the true meaning of rock and roll.
When his good friend is found dead, failed LA rocker Declan St. James launches an investigation and quickly learns that nothing is what it seems with the music scene centered around an apparent cult outside Joshua Tree.
In this volume, like Waylon did with country music in those bygone days, we’re looking to rock the boat. Don’t give us stories contorted to conform to commercial, or political, agendas. We want outlaw fiction. The real deal. No apologies. No limits.
Tal Howard, a disillusioned Korean War veteran, breaks away from his old life, looking for answers and convinced he’s going to find them in the small town of Hillston. What’s in Hillston? Sixty grand in embezzled funds that Howard learned about from a dying friend in a POW camp.
Twenty-five crime writers take to the page to honor their misfit heroes with a series of stories about the sad, the twisted, the beat down, and the darkness that looms just beyond the periphery. Each tale is inspired by a Replacements song, and each story is just as unique and heartbreaking as its inspiration.
Sam Schuler is starting a new family, trying to begin a respectable life, and trying to extricate himself from the seedy people he once knew. But when his former best friend involves him in a petty drug theft, a local street gang is stirred to action and Sam finds himself in the midst of personal war that nothing in his life has prepared him for.
When Kevin Chapman discovers that his young wife secretly aborted his child, and now plans to leave him for a woman she met at college, his world implodes. Unable to accept what is happening, helpless as reckless words give way to reckless acts, Kevin soon finds himself in the aftermath of the unthinkable.
When a hard-drinking professional baseball player hires postmodern PI Vic Valentine to find a vanished lover, a troubling journey begins. The hunt leads Valentine down a twisting trail of decadence and danger that eventually takes him to the most unexpected place—the private eye’s own past.