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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 Original edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075822267X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758222671
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,418,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robinson's second anthology derived from the online magazine Thuglit is an improvement over 2008's Hardcore Hardboiled. Jason Starr gets things off on the right foot with Double Down, a short but punchy contemporary PI tale, with an unapologetically amoral main character largely indifferent to the consequences of his greed. Joe R. Lansdale offers perhaps the strongest entry with Bullets and Fire, in which the narrator gets accepted into a hardcore urban gang by punching out a little girl, for reasons that only become apparent in the denouement. An ex-con's despair over his estranged grown daughter drives Marcus Sakey's The Days When You Were Anything Else, which ends with a twist that's no less powerful for being predictable. While not every selection is top-notch, this volume also showcases a number of lesser-known authors who will undoubtedly be heard from more in the future. Sarah Weinman's introduction extols the virtues of online publication. (June)
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By BJ on November 3, 2009
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"Sex, Thugs, and Rock & Roll" is a wild ride. Twenty four short stories with widely ranging topics from crime, revenge, people being done wrong, those who do wrong and several double / triple crosses!

Todd Robinson is the editor of this collection and also the man behind the website Thuglit. You can find new short stories every month on Robinson's online site and the best get chosen for these books. Robinson's first collection Hardcore Hardboiled was such a success, he chose to put out this book to follow.

Alot of big names in this book, stories from Marcus Sakey The Blade Itself: A Novel & The Amateurs and Anthony Neil Smith Yellow Medicine & Hogdoggin' to short story master Scott Wolven Controlled Burn: Stories of Prison, Crime, and Men. One of the great things about Thuglit's anthologies are that any unknown author with the right story can get published.

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Cramp by Anthony Neil Smith
Like Riding a Moped by Jordan Harper
Bullets and Fire by Joe R.
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Check out this collection of modern noir. Yes, there are some stinkers, but the great ones are really great, and the good ones are pretty great, too. I just wish Thuglit was still putting these collections out. Pick this up, if you like gruff p.i.s and tough guys.
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