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Two smalltime drug dealers having breakfast in a diner consider killing the cop who stops in for a cup of coffee and kidnapping their waitress. When an old geezer asks an unemployed car salesman to murder his son-in-law to be, the salesman isn't sure if he's up for such a radical career change. A young man has to come to terms with the fact that his father is a serial sexual predator. In these and ten other noir tales set mostly in the sun-dappled hills and valleys of Western Kentucky, Tim L. Williams plumbs the swamps that lurk inside the heads and hearts and souls of people just trying to get by. Whether in the quiet towns or along the lonely back roads or on the interstates, the protagonists of Williams' stories discover getting by is no easy task in a world where your most dangerous enemy is often yourself. With crystal clear sentences, Williams paints the dark side with chilling sympathy. You won't soon forget these stories.
About the Author
Tim's stories have appeared in a variety of literary quarterlies as well as "genre" magazines such as Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Plots with Guns, Not One of Us and the now sadly defunct Murdaland. Two of his stories have been included in Houghton Mifflin's Best American Mystery Stories series, for 2004 and 2012. He won a 2012 Thriller Award from the International Thriller Writers in the short story category, received a 2014 Edgar Award nomination for "Where the Morning Sun Goes Down," and has twice been nominated for a Shamus Award for best short story. Tim is a native of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, an area known for its coal mines, its production of meth and its yearly Everly Brothers Festival. After years of drifting around the middle of the country, working jobs that ranged from assistant produce manager to college professor, Tim returned to his hometown in Kentucky, where he lives with his wife and two children.