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21 Tales

by Dave Zeltserman

Publisher: New Pulp Press
ISBN: 9780982843604

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Synopsis of 21 Tales

Brutal lessons learned over a game of nine-ball; a war veteran who's been played as a sucker one too many times by his older brother; a salesman who stumbles upon the girl of his dreams only to learn that his dreams have all been nightmares; a con man who gets more than he bargains for when he convinces a wealthy woman to marry him.

From Dave Zeltserman, the contemporary master of noir, comes 21 tales of desperation, treachery, and betrayal, populated by con men, psychopaths, and dangerous women.

Publishers Weekly

As this story collection shows, Zeltserman, who has produced such stellar novels as Killer, Pariah, and Small Crimes as well as strictly run-of-the-mill fare like Bad Karma, continues to be an uneven writer. The 21 selections range from unsuccessful stunts ("Danny Smith," his crack at writing a story in under 250 words) to tales with over-the-top ending twists ("Closing Time"). Zeltserman does himself no favors with his often lame intros, which leave the impression that he's publishing all the short fiction he wrote between 1992 and 2006. Redundant prefaces (e.g., "This is a violent story, another one not for the fainthearted, and in some ways it's a story about violence") don't help. On the other hand, Zeltserman fans will welcome a number of tales filling in the back stories of characters from his better works. (Oct.)

About the Author, Dave Zeltserman

Dave Zeltserman is the acclaimed author of the ‘man out of prison’ noir trilogy: Small Crimes, Pariah and Killer. Small Crimes was named by NPR as one of the five best crime and mystery novels of 2008, and Pariah named by The Washington Post as one of the best books of 2009. His upcoming books include The Caretaker of Lorne Field, Outsourced and Essence. Outsourced has been optioned by Impact Pictures and Constantin Film and is currently under development. Dave lives in the Boston area with his wife, Judy.

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