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The Scent of New Death
by Mike Monson
ISBN:978-0692207253
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For twelve years Phil Gaines has managed to pull off bank job after bank job with Zen-like precision, occupying his time between robberies meditating in his nondescript Modesto, California apartment. His quiet and controlled criminal life ends abruptly, however, when he makes the fatal error of marrying a young, wild, and very kinky local bar maid.

Phil discovers too late that his new bride is unsuited for domestic tranquility when he learns not only that she's left him, but that she's run off with his business partner and his life's savings.

Now the stickup man is pursuing his ex-cohorts across the countryside as they lose themselves in a psycho-sexual killing spree—all three on a collision course with a bloody destiny beyond anything their criminal pasts could have prepared them for.o-



Mike Monson is the Associate Editor of the crime fiction journal All Due Respect. He is the author of the short story collection Criminal Love and Other Stories, and the noir novella What Happens in Reno. After living in Modesto for nearly twenty years, he recently relocated to Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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"A great debut that’s going to have readers turning pages and wishing he’d hurry up and write a new one."

—Les Edgerton, author of The Rapist, The Bitch and the forthcoming, The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping

""The Scent of New Death is swift, mean, and pulpy as hell—a modern noir roller coaster."

—Chris Rhatigan, Editor-in-chief of All Due Respect and author of The Kind of Friends Who Murder Each Other"