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Happy Hour - And Other Philadelphia Cruelties Paperback – November 4, 2015
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"The novella Happy Hour is a lot like its main character: it doesn't pause for breath and it doesn't take a moment to think things over. It just keeps moving as fast as it can."
"In this collection, Tony Knighton spells out one of the many reasons why I loathe the City of Brotherly Love...It is crawling with people who want you dead. Violently and painfully dead."
- Ginger Nuts of Horror
"I have just read the title novella and the first story in my fellow Philadelphian Tony Knighton's "Happy Hour and Other Philadelphia Cruelties." You should, too. The man knows how to cut to the chase."
- Peter Rozovsky, of Detectives Beyond Borders
"Tony Knighton enables the city of Philadelphia to almost become a character in its own right in many of the stories. It's dark presence adds a great sense of menace to a cast of already dangerous characters and really brings out the realism in this short story collection."
- Literary Flits
"HAPPY HOUR AND OTHER PHILADELPHIA CRUELTIES reads like a masterclass in American pulp-noir fiction, Knighton's imagination and storytelling ability adding strange and unexpected twists and turns to every single story in the book."
- Shotgun Logic
About the Author
Tony Knighton is a Lieutenant in the Philadelphia Fire Department, a twenty-nine year veteran. He has published short fiction in Static Movement Online and Dark Reveries. “The Scavengers” was previously published in the anthology Shocklines: Fresh Voices in Terror from Cemetery Dance Publications. “Sunrise” originally appeared in the anthology Equilibrium Overturned from Grey Matter Press.
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The opening story alone is worth the price of admission, an impressive short novel that is essentially a relentless, pulse-pounding chase that will have you breathlessly turning the pages to keep pace with the main character, a small-time crook who gets himself in hot water with a nasty bunch who will stop at nothing to kill him.
Chase scenes are hard to write. Believable villains who deliver the evil goods without venturing into formulaic corniness are difficult to come by these days, not to mention a slimy main character who evokes the readers sympathies. Author Tony Knighton makes all of this look easy and feel natural to the reader as he builds an intriguing backstory for the characters without ever breaking the blood-pumping pace of the story. A tremendous opening to this collection!
The stories that follow deliver plenty of punch, keeping the dark, neo-noir feel rolling. Everybody's a bad guy in Tony Knighton's Philly, but you'll find yourself rooting for the "good" bad guys as they battle the grimiest of crooks, creeps and plain ol' sleazeballs to get their hands on their piece of the criminal pie.
The collection is also punctuated with short, flash pieces where that last line hits you like a gut-punch. My mentioning that here won't ruin anything for you, because you won't see those endings coming until it's too late!
I was thrilled to see Mr. Knighton included the story "Sunrise" in this book. Originally appearing in the Grey Matter Press anthology, "Equilibrium Overturned," this story about a man's odyssey through a horrific, "third-world" American city to save his dying son is one of my favorite short stories. A terrific read!
This is a fantastic collection, whether you're a fan of crime fiction, suspense, horror or all of the above. "Happy Hour" is one of my favorite books of 2015, and I look forward to more from this author!
Which stories stand out? Every. Single. One.
Others have reviewed the individual stories, so I will not rehash here. Suffice it to say, if you are a lover of crime noir, it would be a capital crime to miss out on Happy Hour: And Other Philadelphia Cruelties.
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Donna Maria @Scream Hard Reviews
Life is never predictable and good fortune fickle, this story delivers this justice brutaly.Read more