An eclectic collection of pulp, grit and noir stories inspired by the Capital Region of New York, a rust-belt crossroads in the shadow of the city that never sleeps. Here’s a trip led by fat slobs in smoky, vomit-stained cabs, heading to the oasis of the strip club on a street lined with rusted out factories, ventilated with beer cans and rocks. No heroes and villains in these pages, just shades of grey and characters making choices between bad and worse.
Tales of woe and macabre, the profane and ordinary dance with each other in a building where the forgotten stay, passing their street whispers like bottles from the bottom shelf.
Praise for STREET WHISPERS:
“Liam Sweeny is my new favorite crime writer, hands down.” —CS Dewildt, author of Kill ’Em with Kindness
A thoughtful collection of short stories touching on .... loss, friendship, loneliness, forgiveness, mistakes, poor choices, consequences, love, romance, lust, sex, death, secrets, revenge, justice ..... set against a back drop of diners, bars, prison, a drive-in, the countryside, the border and a lot more besides.
Crimes on offer are murder, arson, assault, theft, rape - probably
Sins commited - adultery, lust, envy, wrath, sloth
It's an unusual collection insofar as each and every story satisfied me. Typically in a collection, one or two at a minimum, miss the mark and leave me cold. Not so here.
Personal favourites - Rats, Troll and White Trash on the Road to Canada.
The full collection comprises ....
The Gull Princess .... bereavement, anger, acceptance, forgiveness, melancholy, what parent wants to deal with the loss of a child
Last Night at Mesca's .... community over profit, debts need settling
Trustee ... a prison tale, strife and population control
Rats .... homelessness, friendship, camaraderie, death, message delivery
Felicity and High Midnight .... Handsy Harry and the pole dancing club, Harry gets his
The Ninth Step ... recovery, making amends
I Can't Just Let You Go .... friends, wives, girlfriends, fooling around, jealousy, scheming,
Second Chances ... wrong crowd, drugs, crime, betting, poor choices, inattention, and opportunity lost
Drifter ... a man pays the price for inappropriate behaviour with a minor, consequences - a friendship lost, moving on
Happy Ending at the Jade Club ... a last lap dance
Troll ... an internet encounter with extreme consequences
Retired ... a cult, a second chance
White Trash on the Road to Canada .... an ill-advised road trip, might be the last one for a while
A Gentleman's Game .... a chess match with a difference
Uncle Jerry's Outlaw Drive-In .... movies, history, connections to notoriety
My first time reading Liam Sweeny but not my last. I'm looking forward to trying some of his longer works.
Read - March, 2021
Published - 2018
Page count - 164
Source - owned copy
Format - paperback