- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Down & Out Books (April 21, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1943402191
- ISBN-13: 978-1943402199
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,750,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Tom Pitts received his education on the streets of San Francisco. He remains there, working, writing, and trying to survive. He is the author of HUSTLE, Piggyback, and Knuckleball.
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Top Customer Reviews
Donny and Rich are street hustlers. They spend their days shooting Heroin and their nights turning tricks to get money for Heroin. Rich comes up with a plan on how they can extort money from one of his johns named Gabriel. Gabriel is a wealthy, criminal lawyer who likes his sex a little kinky. Really, very kinky. After setting the plan into motion by filming Gabriel in the act, Rich and Donny head over to Gabriel's mansion to surprise him with the video. They are the ones surprised when confronted by a psychopath that had the idea first. Gabriel is in the middle of a storm that keeps sucking him deeper into trouble. His only hope is his good friend, Bear. Bear is a big biker dude with a bigger heart. When he finds out that Gabriel is in trouble, he sets out to rescue him.
These characters jump off the pages and pull you into their lives. The story wraps around you and you cannot quit reading it. Tom Pitts knows how to tell a story and he can hold your attention from page one. I absolutely loved it. I will warn readers that Tom does not whitewash life on the streets. It is raw and explicit. There is drug usage, blood, and sex. There are scenes that include men having sex, which are explicit and kinky. I am only warning people that are used to tame books. But, having said this, Tom Pitts includes what needs to be included to tell a good story. Every scene is necessary to build up to the spectacular climax of this novel. Really, I say, suck it up and jump in and take a walk on the dark side. You will NOT regret it.
And yes, Hustle will get a lot of attention for the extreme creepiness of its characters, their activities, and the various settings. That's great, of course, because hopefully that'll get people curious and cause them to read, buy, and talk about the book, and Mr. Pitts will make a lot of money and Hollywood will buy the rights and make a really cool movie.
But, none of that is why Hustle is, in my opinion, such a good book, such an absolutely fun read. The reason why Hustle is so good is this: Pitts is a wonderful storyteller. Hustle is a great story, told very well. It's like Tom Pitts created and then perfectly painted about a dozen characters who, if thrown into just the right situations (the ones in this book), naturally and inevitable do dramatic, suspenseful things. Constantly. Like Piggyback, Pitts' novella published last year, the book is never dull, something is always happening, the stakes are always high and getting higher, and it all comes together at the end -- just right.
See what I mean? Yes, maybe, the book might be considered groundbreaking due to the subject and setting, but if the story didn't rock like it does it wouldn't break anything, it would never get published and you would never get a chance to read it and have the time of your life.
The two are tired of working the corner and are looking for the big score to finally "get well".
Very graphic, violent, sleazy, and raw. Tons of drug use and (gay) sex. A couple scenes really hit me hard. In a good way. One of my favorite books of the year
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tom writes with a bottle of whisky in one hand and an icy grin on his face. Give this a go, if you've got the guts.