BAD HABITS collects Keith Gilman's short stories.
“The best fiction has this feeling that someone’s just leaned close to whisper in our ear, ‘I’ve something important to tell you.’ Keith Gilman’s debut novel has and sustains that quality from the first page. You know right away that you’re in the hands of a natural and very fine storyteller. Authenticity, voice, the sense of lives beyond the page, all those things we crave as readers and for which we work so hard as writers, tossing the bones, hoping the magic will work--all are solidly, soundly in place.” —James Sallis, author of Drive
“Dark, gritty, and hauntingly lyrical, Keith Gilman writes Noir with the authenticity of a cop who has actually worked the mean streets.” —Robin Burcell, author of Face of a Killer
“…Grabbed me by the collar and wouldn’t let go. Gilman’s voice is a powerful new addition to the crime fiction community.” —Reed Farrel Coleman, Shamus, Barry and Anthony Award-winning author of the Moe Prager series
A collection of short stories from Keith Gilman read back in March. 16 stories in all and a brief excerpt from the author’s novel My Brother’s Keeper.
Cops, ex-cons, bars, cheating wives, troubled teenagers, old neighbourhoods, floating casino boats, pistols, pool tables, scams, death, American flags, Sunday church services, Elvis wannabees and a lot more besides.
A couple of favourites….
Nice Round Numbers…..gambling, conning, assumed identity, inheritance, a shapely bonus and an unexpected pay off.
Bus Stop – a mother’s loss and grief and guilt.
Guts…..a fractured family torn apart by abandonment.
A great collection, some pure criminal entertainment, others tackling difficult subjects……families, abuse, disappointment, failure, loss.
The last 20% of my kindle edition carries excerpts from other Down and Out authors - Jack Getze, Trey R. Barker and A. C. Frieden.....tempting!
4 from 5
Keith Gilman has a couple of full length novels to his name My Brother’s Keeper and Father’s Day and his website is here. He's been a serving police officer in Philadelphia for over 20 years.
Bad Habits was supplied for review by the publisher Down and Out Books. (Website here.)
Read back in March, 2016