WINNER: Anthony Award for most sensible 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 the way 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 aiding 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 a global the place he reveals himself being blackmailed by way of junkies, mendacity to his family and friends, and stumbling right into a crime that could rate him his lifestyles.

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DuBois had advised me that “I wouldn’t be shocked if the corporate has to elevate money later within the yr, maybe with a secondary supplying, yet they've got a superb product and impressive administration and I’m nonetheless fairly bullish at the destiny. ” In my tale, I wrote a paragraph, pointing out that Byron applied sciences had “an alarming cash-burn price” which can result in financial disaster by way of year’s finish, and I’d ended the paragraph with DuBois mentioning, “The corporation has to elevate funds. ” In approximately fifteen mins, I’d comprehensive a coarse draft of the thing; then I went again via it, rearranging sentences, altering phrases, correcting typos, putting quips. As i used to be operating, I observed Angie input my place of work in my peripheral imaginative and prescient. She waited for me to pause from typing, then acknowledged, “Where’ve you been? ” “The bank,” I acknowledged. “All day? ” “I had another errands to run too. ” “I suggestion you needed to paintings in your tale. ” “I do. ” I stayed dealing with the pc video display, partially simply because i needed to complete my tale and in part simply because I didn’t wish Angie to work out my fats lip. “Hey, what’s that? ” she stated. She got here up along me to my correct and reached onto my table for a duplicate of individuals with Tom Cruise at the hide. As she grew to become pages of the journal, it was once not easy to maintain dealing with clear of her with no elevating suspicion. i spotted she used to be donning an identical fragrance she constantly wore, the one who I’d by no means beloved on different girls, yet that usually smelled nice on her. “I didn’t see this factor yet,” she acknowledged. “Mind if I borrow it? ” “Sure. ” “Thanks … God, what occurred to you? ” She had became to examine my face. “I tripped,” I acknowledged. “Tripped? ” she acknowledged. “Where? ” “Outside the financial institution. ” “How? ” “Shoelace. It was once beautiful embarrassing. I fell correct on my face at the sidewalk. I felt like a complete fool. ” “You may still sue. ” The observe sue made me flinch. Angie must’ve spotted, simply because she acknowledged, “Are you yes you’re ok? ” “I’m fine,” I acknowledged. “Your shirt’s ripped. ” I appeared down on the tear in my blouse, as though noticing it for the 1st time. “Huh,” I acknowledged, appearing dumbfounded. “I wager it must’ve ripped while I fell. ” Angie was once squinting at my blouse, having a look unconvinced. “It’s nothing—really,” I stated. Now she was once gazing my face back. “You seem like you have been in a fight,” she stated. “I know,” I stated. “It’s loopy, isn’t it? ” “You wish me to get you a few ice or anything? ” “No, I’m fantastic, thank you. I simply need to end this tale. ” “No problem,” she stated. “Stop by way of later and say hello. ” “I will,” I stated. I back to paintings at the article and accomplished it at a couple of minutes after o’clock. After proofreading it fast at the display screen, I despatched the dossier to Peter Lyons. He’d fuck it up with Britishisms, then ship it again to me; then I’d ahead it to Jeff for a few ultimate idiotic enter earlier than it went to Copyediting. Relieved to get my article out of how, I ordered in a smoked turkey on rye for lunch, after which I spent many of the remainder of the afternoon at the mobile, constructing interviews for my subsequent tale. At round four-thirty, I went down the hall to Angie’s workplace.

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