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BITTERLY FUNNY . . . A] SLEEK FIRST NOVEL . . . NOIR CRIME . . . HAS FOUND A STERLING NEW CHAMPION IN PHILLIPS.
" The New York Times Book Review
A FUTURE HARD-BOILED CLASSIC TIGHT, COLD, AND CACKLING WITH IRONY. On Christmas Eve in Wichita], a mob lawyer is skipping town with the cash. But in this boozy, neo-noir world James M. Cain meets George V. Higgins the best-laid plans of bagmen turn brutal.
" The Dallas Morning News
OMINOUS, ACTION-PACKED. . . This is a confident, wry debut . . . that] may remind readers of "Fargo" or "Pulp Fiction."
" Detroit Free Press
I SIMPLY CAN T WAIT TO SEE WHAT SCOTT PHILLIPS WILL DO NEXT. This] funny, tough first novel felt like it was written by an old pro, an Elmore Leonard we ve never heard about who's discovered a place where the criminals are really dumb, the low-lifes are oh-so-fun to watch and, if somebody just happens to get what he deserves, there's no one to blame.
Author of "Straight Man"
A DARKLY COMIC, SOMETIMES BRUTAL PIECE OF NOIR FICTION.
" The Denver Post
Finalist for the Hammett Prize
?[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
?[An] astonishing debut novel from a writer who manages to put a funny, modernist spin on a piece of our noir past: Jim Thompson frosted with a blast of Jonathan (Motherless Brooklyn) Lethem.?