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ISBN-10: 171981144X ISBN-13: 978-1719811446
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Short Stories and Flash Fiction
These stories are about people on the edge, struggling to survive: a hit man confessing to his son, a hijacker confronting a salmon fisherman and his teen-aged daughter in the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco weed dealers in the midst of the 1980s AIDS epidemic, pot growers on an Indian reservation confronting a patch pirate, small time crooks and con artists, ex-cons, juvenile hall denizens, two little girls breaking into the church “Poor Box,” kickball-playing bullies, a desperate young woman attempting to steal her kids back from their adoptive parents, a young man escaping an abusive past, teenage welfare-moms being hassled by the cops, a homeless library patron garbed in a Superman cape, a young girl protecting her brothers from a violent father, a broke widow befriending a young bartender in a laundromat, a young boy searching for mythical large-headed creatures on Halloween night, a single mom with a jailed boyfriend who steals from rich club-hopping party girls, a mysterious older woman picking up a young drifter at the New Orleans Greyhound Bus Station, a handsome gay party-goer clinging to his youth.
There are stories that fit in the mystery/crime/noir genre, some that are general literature, and some have an element of humor. This collection includes both stories that have been previously published and some stories that have never before been published, including the title story, “Nine Dead Dope Dealers” which earned an Honorable Mention in the Writers Digest 2016 Popular Fiction Awards in the Mystery/Crime Category. This collection of flash fiction/short stories should appeal to readers who like to read about gritty blue collar/working class characters and enjoy the work of Charles Bukowski, John Fante, George Saunders, John Jodzio, Alexander Weinstein, Claire Vaye Watkins, Willy Vlautin, Tobias Wolff, Daniel Woodrell, Nelson Algren, James Nolan, Armistead Maupin, and the Scottish author James Kelman.