Arthur Ellis Award nominee Axel Howerton weaves a dark noir fable of gangland violence, the wages of sin, the spectres of the past, and the glimmer of hope that redemption is more than just a word.
“Jackie Nobody, he ain’t like you and me…”
That’s because Jack sees monsters behind the eyes of terrible people. And Jackie would know, because he’s one of them. Jack Nada is a killer for the Calabrese mob. They call him “Jackie Nobody,” because nobody walks away from him alive. But Jackie has his own demons, and his own secrets. Secrets that may be tearing him apart from the inside out. Jackie’s out of patience, out of time, and out of coffee. His favorite barista is missing, and the prescription that keeps hims sane just ran out… and now Jackie is seeing the ghosts of terrible choices past. Ghosts that remind him of a life he’ll do anything to forget.
Now everyone is going to pay.
“A gem of the Noir genre.,” “Riveting.” – Jack Strange, Author of Manchester Vice and Thatchenstein
“Part Westlake, part Elmore Leonard, but always, inimitably, Axel Howerton” – Clockworks and Crime
“Howerton reinvigorates the hardboiled genre” – Red Hayes, Beat Route Magazine
“A modern pulp writer that keeps it real.” – Rick Overwater, FFWD Magazine
“Slick and stylish. You’ve had a recent tetanus shot, right?” – Sarah L. Johnson, author of Infractus and Suicide Stitch