New from Down & Out Books: NO HAPPY ENDINGS by Angel Luis Colón
"When I first met Angel, I was immediately taken with his wry sense of humor," said Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books. "I asked him what he was working on, and he said a crime novella with a rather unusual premise. I told him I wanted to publish it and we shook on it then and there."
About NO HAPPY ENDINGS …
Fantine Park is not the woman her mother was — she's certainly not the safecracker her mother was either. Hell, she's not much of anything useful these days. Fresh off parole after a stint in the joint for a poorly thought out casino robbery, Fantine finds herself confronted by an old partner of her mother's and right back in the thick of it.
Unfortunately, the man dragging her back to the life she left behind, one Aleksei Uryvich, is a complete bully and an idiot — content to believe he can get anything he wants with his brutish nature and the threat of a bullet for Fan's elderly father, Jae.
The score: semen. Yes, semen. Gallons of it. Particularly, the genetic man-batter from supposed Ivy Leaguers and other elite. The material nets top dollar from Asia and Aleksei is foaming at the mouth at the profit potential.
The plan: there is no real plan. Fantine has to get it out of Evensight Storage; a sperm bank situated right by the Battery Park Tunnel in Manhattan. A place barely anyone but a sad sack with an empty sack sees the inside of on a day to day basis.
There's no guarantee anyone involved in this mess is getting out alive, especially when Fantine finds herself face to face with the psychopath known as O Leiteiro — The Milkman.
Praise for NO HAPPY ENDINGS …
"This Angel from hell writes hardcore pulp fiction as sick, slick, funny, and thrilling as Willeford meets Westlake. Fantine Park is a great new bad-ass heroine." — Thomas Pluck, author of Blade of Dishonor and Bad Boy Boogie
"In No Happy Endings, Angel Colón milks every drop of tension as he leads his heroine, Fantine, from one sticky situation to another. Try to read with your fingers covering your eyes, hoping to shield your eyes from the nonstop action, violence, and mayhem as the reader cranks along to an inevitable, satisfying climax." — Eryk Pruitt, author of Dirtbags and Hashtag
"Imagine an oversexed-on-
"No Happy Endings is a trip of a book. Right from the first sentence, you know you've entered Colón's world of dark humor and interesting positions. This is tale of Fantine Park, a young safe cracker who gets mixed up in one bizarre New York situation — sperm bank fraud, if that's what you call it. With Colon's popping wry prose, No Happy Endings moves at a breakneck pace, is fabulously entertaining, and has one of the best female leads you'll read in a long time." — Jen Conley, author of Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens
"Deftly mixing a delightfully twisted premise with deliciously dark humor and an authentic emotional core, No Happy Endings firmly positions Angel Luis Colón as a top voice in the new generation of crime fiction writers. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next." — Holly West, Anthony Award-nominated author of the Mistress of Fortune series
"Not only does No Happy Endings deliver on the outrageous premise, Angel Colón somehow manages to make it absolutely plausible. A true page-turner packed with colorful characters, biting one-liners and some of the most repulsive murder scenes a twisted mind could conjure." — S.W. Lauden, author of Crosswise
"This is a heist book like no other, perfectly captured by Colón's intense, no-frills style. Loaded with dark humor, tightly-choreographed action and a memorable protagonist in Fantine Park, No Happy Endings hits hard, with a jaw-breaking impact that won't fade overnight." — Alex Segura, author of Silent City and Down the Darkest Street
Meet the Author …
Angel Luis Colón is the author of The Fury of Blacky Jaguar, No Happy Endings, and the in-progress short story anthology Meat City on Fire (and Other Assorted Debacles). He's an editor for the flash fiction site Shotgun Honey, has been nominated for the Derringer Award, and is published in multiple web and print pubs such as Thuglit, Literary Orphans, All Due Respect, The Life Sentence, RT Book Reviews, and The LA Review of Books. He's currently repped by Foundry Literary + Media. Keep up with him on Twitter via @GoshDarnMyLife.
About Down & Out Books …
Founded in 2011, Down & Out Books (DownAndOutBooks.com (http://www.downandoutbooks.com/