Sim Palmer is bored as hell...Journalism for a Vegas tabloid is less exciting than expected. One phone call from a local gangster changes that; Sim soon finds himself battling against the criminal underworld. He's about to discover a family history best left buried.
Matt Phillips brings you an exciting and fast-paced novella. The first in a series of Knuckle Cracking Novellas brought to you by Near To The Knuckle.
Matt Phillips lives in San Diego. He has worked as a bartender, waiter, film festival administrator, and newspaper reporter. He studied creative writing at the University of Texas, El Paso
UK crime fiction publisher Near To The Knuckle is very much on the ascendency, and this taut, sweaty little thriller represents a solid start to their planned ‘Knuckle-cracking Novellas’ series.
Matt Philips has created a great quick read. What impressed me most was the atmosphere of this book, told with the style and experience of a veteran of the noir game - the likes of Lawrence Block would be proud to have his name on the cover of this one. In this short and very readable book, Philips manages to draw characters that have depth and intrigue to keep the pages turning. The plot evolves nicely too, with interesting reveals as the story grows culminating in a dramatic conclusion. I read a lot of novellas these days, due to a lack of time, and this is up there with the best of them.
I recommend it highly.
What really works for this story is that Palmer isn't a cop or a private eye. He's a reporter for a glossy weekly that exists for the purpose of repeating PR statements and selling ads. It's not the investigative reporting Palmer yearns for. And then one night he gets a real chance at a real story, one he's going to pursue even though he's entered a world of crime and viciousness he could scarcely have imagined.
Bad Luck City is novella-length and is a lot of fun to read. It's a trip through the tawdry side of Sin City really worth taking.