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Publisher's Summary

It's Christmas Eve, 1979, in Wichita, and Charlie Arglist, a crooked lawyer and strip-club owner, is drunkenly making the rounds before he blows town for good. Getting progressively drunker and deeper in trouble, Charlie needs to drop off a photograph of a local official in a compromising position and steal some drug money. Before it's all over, a lot of people are going to wind up dead.
©2000 Scott Phillips (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"[A] funny, craftily malevolent first novel, an ice-pick-sharp crime story that sustains its film-noir energy all the way to an outrageous whammy of an ending." (The New York Times)
"A pitch-perfect foray into pulp fiction, witty and bitter, with an ironic conclusion that makes a neat package." (Library Journal)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Old Hippy on 02-22-10

Entertaining ...

This isn't bad. It was enjoyable way to pass the time. If you like movies like Blood Simple and A Simple Plan, if you appreciate almost anything Billie Bob Thorton is in, then you'll enjoy this one. Gardner did a nice job with the narration.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Connie Kohl on 08-24-08

Unfortunate

I got this book because I love the narrator but even he couldn't save this book. It was full of characters that were shallow and unlikable. A waste of money.

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