Monday, September 19, 2016

The Highway Kind: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, and Dark Roads: Original Stories by Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos, C. J. Box, Diana Gabaldon, Ace Atkins & Others by Patrick Millikin

This is an anthology about fast cars, high road speeds, and the games some drivers play.  Sometimes it seems like you took the road to hell...

Mulholland Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 18th.

This is a nice collection with several good stories to keep you glued to your chair.  I enjoyed it but I am married to man who is a car collector and I know more about them than I want to.  There are a few stories in here that will appeal to a gearhead, so be warned.

The stories I liked were a bit odd with distinctive characters.  That appeals to me for some reason.

The first is Test Drive by Ben H. Winters.  He gives you a hot salesman who is ending his day with one final car sale.  The sale isn't final but it is the end of his days...

Next, Apache Youth by Ace Atkins.  We have Apache casinos in New Mexico so that attracted me.  He's transporting a vehicle from point A to point B but stops at a casino on the way.  He loses all his money and then begins betting other things to recover and move on.  He almost waits too long to move on...

My favorite is The Kill Switch by Willy Vlautin.  He's a contractor that bought a fast car that needs to be refurbished.  He has a little buddy that lives next door and he pays him for odd jobs.  The buddy has a bad older brother.  In this case, blood was not thicker than water...

There is seed for thought in these stories.  Sometimes I wonder if everything is really fiction or if the author had an experience in life that created these stories.  Either way, they are a good read.

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