Happy Hour and Other Philadelphia Cruelties by Tony Knighton
Short Stories, Crime
Crime Wave Press | June 6th, 2015
A young grifter steals an overcoat. As he discovers forty-thousand dollars in its inside pocket, the coat’s owners come after him. The action never stops as his pursuers seem to be both ahead and behind him at all times, killing and destroying everything in their wake to catch up with their money and the young thief.
Happy Hour is as breathless as writing can be.
Knighton’s debut novella is accompanied by a selection of short stories that can run with the best of American Noir literature. It’s cold out there, folks.
This book has twelve short stories featuring grifters, murderers, and sometimes just some really bad people. Each story kind of ends on a cliffhanger, leaving you and your imagination to piece together what happens in the end. Some of the stories were better than others, of course. The author’s writing is dark and gritty and he doesn’t hold back on the violence.
The title story is about a grifter who steals a coat and finds $40,000 in the inside pocket. When he doubles back to hide his trail, he gets made. From then on he can’t catch a break, everywhere he turns, there they are trying to catch him. They will kill and take down anything in their way of trying to catch him.
As far as American Noir literature goes, this book hits the spot with its dark and dirty themes. This book paints a dark and vivid picture of Philadelphia that comes off the page. If you’re looking for stories with a happy ending, this book is not for you, but if you enjoy reading suspenseful, dark and violent stories, this book is definitely for you.