Twisted City

WINNER: Anthony Award for top Paperback Original

From the acclaimed noir novelist Jason Starr comes this savage portrait of a misanthropic guy caught in a brand new York nightmare. Written in caustic, streamlined prose, Twisted City is a chilling depiction of ways fast one's lifestyles can take a flip for the worst.

Times are tricky for David Miller, a journalist for a second-rate monetary journal who hates his boss, is uninterested in assisting his girlfriend's partying way of life, and lately misplaced his sister to melanoma. yet issues are approximately to get a lot worse. whilst he loses his pockets in a midtown bar, he's embarked on an international the place he unearths himself being blackmailed through junkies, mendacity to his family and friends, and stumbling right into a crime which may price him his existence.

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Such a lot whores use their enamel and begin biting on you're keen on you’re a fuckin’ sizzling puppy. yet Charlotte knew tips to deep-throat it, okay. She took it up the ass, too. You gotta appreciate a whore for that. loads of whores nowadays won’t allow you to anyplace close to their assholes. ” Kenny laughed back, then acknowledged, “Charlotte inform you approximately my will? ” I didn’t trouble answering. “I made up a will,” he went on. “I paid a legal professional to do it, so it’s genuine respectable and every little thing. while I die an envelope will get opened. I wrote out the full thing—how I observed you kill Ricky, the way you stated you’d kill me if I went to the law enforcement officials.

I’ll visit thrift retailers, and less Sephora—I’ll purchase my make-up at Duane Reade. I won’t take cabs anymore, I’ll—” I freed myself and persevered earlier her, asserting, “Nothing you are saying goes to alter my brain. ” Following me, she stated, “Is this due to final evening? simply because no matter what occurred, no matter what I stated or did, I swear to God it’ll by no means take place back. ” “It’s over,” I stated. “Just pack your issues and circulate out. ” “What do you suggest, over? ” she stated, as though she have been listening to me for the 1st time. “You need to leave,” I stated.

I’m no longer a foul individual, am I? ” Her mascara used to be working and blood used to be accumulating on her reduce lip. “I recognize I’m now not a nasty person,” she stated. “I’m a great individual. i've got difficulties, yet every person has difficulties, correct? I’m now not a nasty individual. Please don’t inform me I’m undesirable. Please don’t inform me I’m undesirable. ” “I by no means stated you have been bad,” I stated, hating myself. “I won’t be undesirable anymore,” she stated. “I promise. simply don’t go away me. I couldn’t deal with it in case you left me. ” She began kissing my neck and my chest, then my belly, then decrease.

I’d simply need to be cautious to not do it in public. i made a decision I’d exit to dinner back. “How approximately Italian? ” I acknowledged. Barbara continually hated going for Italian nutrition, claiming it was once too fattening. She continually desired to opt for eastern or Vietnamese, and each time I gained and we went to an Italian position, she’d order the spaghetti carbonara or the eggplant parm, then inform me how she used to be going to realize 5 kilos, because of me. “Tough,” I acknowledged, “we’re having Italian. ” i used to be approximately to enter the rest room to bathe whilst the buzzer at the intercom rang.

Within the crosswalk of moment and Fourteenth, i ended, able to flip again, yet i made a decision it was once too past due. Sue had most likely referred to as the police already. they can be at her condominium right away, wondering her. She wouldn’t be capable of deal with the strain; she’d holiday down and inform them that I’d killed Ricky. I’d attempt to clarify that I’d acted in self-defense, yet after leaving the condo that might be even more durable to end up. I leaned opposed to a lamppost to regular myself, feeling helpless and silly, whilst I had an epiphany.

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