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What We Reckon Paperback – October 10, 2017
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"Hardboiled honey packed with razor blades and dynamite, strange and leanly written, and tossed into a tornado; WHAT WE RECKON is the insane love child of James Cain and Jim Thompson, a modern piece of folk lore covered in gasoline and set on fire. This baby rocks like a motel bed during a cheap honeymoon. You need it."
―Joe R. Lansdale, author of HAP & LEONARD and HONKY TONK SAMURAI
“Pruitt delivers an excellent addition to the gritty Southern noir genre. Readers of Hunter S. Thompson and David Joy will enjoy the psychedelic twists and turns as well as the rapid-fire dialog.” ―Library Journal(Starred Review)
"Assured prose carries the reader along to the shattering and enigmatic ending.” ―Publishers Weekly
"I'd tell you to remember the name Eryk Pruitt, but after you read WHAT WE RECKON, it'll be impossible to forget. This is Southern noir prepared just the way you like it: Boiled hard, gritty as hell, and aimed straight at your heart." ―Rob Hart, author of THE WOMAN FROM PRAGUE and NEW YORKED
About the Author
Eryk Pruitt is a screenwriter, author and filmmaker. He wrote and produced the short film FOODIE which went on to win eight top awards at over sixteen film festivals. His short fiction has appeared in The Avalon Literary Review, Thuglit, Pulp Modern, and Zymbol, among others, and he was a finalist for the Derringer Award. He is the author of the novels DIRTBAGS and HASHTAG. He is the host of the monthly radio show and podcast: The Crime Scene with Eryk Pruitt. He lives in Durham, NC with his wife Lana and their cat Busey. Follow him at @ReverendEryk.
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Growing up in cities, I've never really been exposed to a small town type of lifestyle but Pruitt paints the picture of the setting and characters so well, you feel like you grew up there right alongside them. That you're there too. It's easy to describe a location, it's not easy to describe a psyche. Pruitt does it in spades and puts you right in the shoes of his characters. It takes a special talent to truly get you to feel engrossed in an unfamiliar lifestyle and he certainly pulls that off.
Pruitt has delivered a butt-kickin tale of friendship, loyalty, betrayal, madness, trust, and addiction. It absolutely gets the vibe of the endless obsessive bond between these two and the rootless boundless disconnected world they have as they drift from college town to college town slinging dope and trying to stay under the radar. And, the book gives us strong insight into their madness and paranoia and codependency.
And that's all in part one. Part two continued the journey in ways that their lowlife partying days could never have hinted at but still plays with the bonds of loyalty, addiction, and madness. This is just terrific stuff.
WHAT WE RECKON is captivating, a wild romp through the depraved corners of the rural south, with two drug-slinging grifters at the wheel. They're headed on a collision course with destiny, and along the way, they might even pick up a moral or two. Do not miss this book.
WHAT WE RECKON is a fundamentally cynical novel with an oddly positive message: nothing is sacred in this life. You can be who you want to whoever you want and not suffer the consequences if you're willing to go through with it. That nothing is set in stone. It's kind of an inspiring and enlightening message for a crime novel, but it makes what would've been a run-of-the-mill coke trade novel unpredictable and enjoyable.