Amika Press is proud to re-releaseBad Reputation, Matt Hader’s bestselling collection of stories.
John Caul has decided that it is finally time to wreak some havoc on the townspeople who’ve ostracized him for the past 20 years. When he was a 17-year-old kid, John did the inexcusable—he accidentally burned down the brand new high school gymnasium on the eve of its championship basketball team playing the first game of their season. Now 37 years old, John decides he’s had enough, and he hatches a plan for some payback. As with any well-planned, or in John’s case, not so well-planned scheme…nothing goes as designed.
Also included, six more stories from the Bad Reputation universe.
This is the third book in the Cora Tozzi Historical Mystery Series. We are excited to be publishing Pat again, and we hope you’ll enjoy the new installment! Get your copy today!
When an automobile accident leaves Valerie Pawlik totally blind, she masters the daily activities of a dark world, but due to painful mysteries from her childhood, she lacks the confidence to lead the independent life she desperately longs for with her young daughter. With the help of Cora and Cisco Tozzi, Frannie Berkowitz, and Billy Nokoy, Valerie sets out to search for the mother who deserted her and for the killer of her beloved uncle. But Billy is experiencing electrifying occult moments of his own. Their quest takes them into a dangerous world of the Chicago Mob and paranormal phenomena, culminating when a stalker threatens their lives in the Palos Forest Preserves.
Jakub “Pies” Jakubowski is an expert at what he does, so good that he maintains a clean criminal record. Twenty-eight-year-old Pies is a member of a Chicago Outfit-sanctioned burglary crew run by Northwest-Side-based boss Stan Zielinski and his son Sebastian, “Bast.” Because Pies is arrest-free, he’s ordered to take a position in a newly opened suburban 9-1-1 communications center. The plan calls for Pies to supply his accomplices with information about alarm systems that are currently out of service. A non-functioning alarm equals an easy payday for him and his bosses.
This new edition includes a foreword by Peter Ferry, author of the novels Travel Writing and Old Heart. Here’s the first paragraph:
The most haunting line in John Manos’s outstanding novel Dialogues of a Crime is “I made a mistake that changed everything.” All of us have made that mistake, and Manos’s powerful story evokes the moment when we did, the mistake that we made and the burden of guilt and regret that we have carried with us ever since, and it does so without a hint of nostalgia or self-pity. His prose is disarmingly honest in that way that a good writer has of speaking about what’s in his heart because it’s in our hearts too, and we are just a little bit uncomfortable but also greatly relieved that he has found us out. Manos’s novel engages us as all good literature does. It takes us by the heart, the mind and occasionally by the throat. It changes us.
Kirkus Reviews named Dialogues of a Crime to their Best Books of 2013, and calls it a “character-driven crime novel ruled by complex men facing the past.” If you haven’t read this book, now is the perfect time to get started! Pick yours up today on Amazon, Amika Press or Kindle.