HARD BITE by Anonymous-9, based on the winner of Spinetingler Magazine’s Best Short Story on the Web, 2009, and winner of the Readers’ Choice Award 2012 The House of Crime and Mystery (Canada) and Top 5 Debut Novels of 2013 BookPeople/MysteryPeople, Austin, TX. More
The hit-and-run driver took everything — his wife, child and legs. Now a paraplegic, Dean Drayhart unleashes payback on suspected hit-and-runners in Los Angeles with helper-monkey Sid as his deadly assistant.
Dean’s gentle, doting nurse knows nothing about what he’s up to and when Sid tears out the throat of a Mexican Mafia member, Marcie is kidnapped in order to force Dean’s surrender.
Armed with nothing but his wits, Sid, and a sympathetic streetwalker named Cinda, Dean manipulates drug-cartel carnales and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in a David-against-Goliath plot that twists and turns to a heart-pounding finale.
HARD BITE is ideal reading for fans of Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey.
Praise for HARD BITE …
“…outlandish in every way — a crazed noir excursion into an unprecedented heart of darkness. Violent and sometimes funny, always entertaining.” —T. Jefferson Parker, three-time Edgar Award winner
“The best, most fiercely original crime novel I’ve read in a long time” —Ray Garton, World Horror Grand Master Award recipient
“A carnival of nightmarish fun, HARD BITE had me gasping from one outlandishly terrifying act to the next, each scene involving The Grim Reaper in a wheelchair; a sharp-fanged, treacherous monkey; a SWAT-team posse of drugged Mexican killers; and/or more tough-but-lovable women with guns than a Mickey Spillane novel.” —Jack Getze, Fiction Editor, Spinetingler Magazine
“By the end, your heart aches a little for the narrator. That’s the true goal of fiction, or it ought to be — to shift you on your foundations in the reading, leaving you off in a slightly different place from where you started.” —Sophie Littlefield, A Bad Day For Sorry, A Bad Day For Pretty
“The ride is electric … quality that other writers should aspire to achieve.” —Joseph Patchen for Lurid Lit
“Nasty, but a beating heart underneath …very clever; lovely writing.” —Patti Abbott, Derringer Award winner
“Anonymous-9 is one of my favorite crime writers.” —Nick Mamatas, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild awards nominee
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