July Book Club Selection: 'New Yorked' by Rob Hart
Every month here at LitReactor, we celebrate reading with a new selection in our Book Club. For July, we will be reading and discussing New Yorked, by our very own Rob Hart.
Ashley McKenna is a blunt instrument. Find someone, scare someone, carry something; point him at the job, he gets it done. He generally accepts money upon completion, though a bottle of whiskey works, too—he's comfortable working on a barter system. It's not the career he dreamed about (archeologist) but it keeps him comfortable in his ever-changing East Village neighborhood.
That's until Chell, the woman he loves, leaves him a voicemail looking for help—a voicemail he gets two hours after her body is found. Ash hunts for her killer with the grace of a wrecking ball, running afoul of a drag queen crime lord and stumbling into a hard-boiled role playing game that might be connected to a hipster turf war.
Along the way, he's forced to face the memories of his tumultuous relationship with Chell, his unresolved anger over his father's death... and the consequences of his own violent tendencies.
NEW YORKED takes you deep into the seedy underbelly of New York with a strong noir voice in the tradition of Lawrence Block's iconic character Matthew Scudder—an unforgettable debut crime novel from an exciting new voice you'll be hearing much more from.
Rob Hart is the associate publisher at MysteriousPress.com and the class director at LitReactor. Previously, he has been a political reporter, the communications director for a politician, and a commissioner for the city of New York. Rob is the author of The Last Safe Place: A Zombie Novella, and his short stories have appeared in publications like Thuglit, NEEDLE, Shotgun Honey, All Due Respect, and Helix Literary Magazine. He lives in New York City.
Discussion for New Yorked will kick off on July 1st, but you should pick up the book and start reading ASAP! (We've provided a handy link below). Once you're locked and loaded, you can announce your presence in the Book Club. (No invitation needed!) That thread is where all discussion about the book will go down.
If you read our June Book Club selection, One Kick by Chelsea Cain, make sure you check out that thread as discussion there has officially started.
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