Dirty noir short and flash fiction stories of crime, criminals, love and sex in California's Central Valley and elsewhere
Another chance purchase when browsing Amazon recently and well worth the cost of the admission to these 20 plus stories of crime, criminals, love and sex.
Not a collection for the faint-hearted, but a really enjoyable couple of hours reading for me. In a couple of the Flash fiction workplace pieces Monson articulates the dark thoughts that inhabit all of our minds on fleeting occasions; those thoughts about colleagues that are rarely allowed oxygen, more usually suppressed. I know I have them myself!
In the longer narratives, he delivers harsh, often violent, fast-paced stories with intriguing situations and a climax, often with a twist.
A few highlights…….
Heritage Classic……..a wannabe biker, sets himself up as an object of ridicule….amusing and at the same time sad
Bitch Mother…….a family business has a falling out
The Price of Doing Business…..be careful who you try and shakedown, payback is a …….
Criminal Love……another family business with internal strife and a hostile takeover – the biter bit
Drink, drugs, sex, swinging, robbery, repo-men and the workplace…….my kind of stories
Mike Monson has a few novellas on Amazon which I have added to my library on the strength of these stories.
Tussinland - Addicted to cough syrup, television and Sugar Frosted Flakes, Paul Dunn is living in a state of torpor while staying at his mother's house after the humiliating ending of his third marriage. His inertia is broken when he becomes the chief suspect in the murders of his soon-to-be ex-wife and her new lover. Set in the town of Modesto, deep in California's Central Valley, Tussinland is about sex drugs, addiction, smart phones, Facebook and the internet, digital cable, anti-government militias, reality TV, fundamentalist homophobic Christians, families, 12-step groups, pornography, marriage, death, disease, and love. So noir it hurts.
Phil discovers too late that his new bride is unsuited for domestic tranquility when he learns not only that she's left him, but that she's run off with his business partner and his life's savings.Now the stickup man is pursuing his ex-cohorts across the countryside as they lose themselves in
My kind of reading I think, I'm looking forward to them
Criminal Love and Other Stories - 5 from 5
Mike Monson's website is here. Catch him on Twitter @mikemonson2
A recent Amazon Kindle purchase