After two recently laid-off suburban dads decide to steal a vanload of counterfeit Viagra from a mob-connected businessman, their easy-money plan gets a whole lot harder. Hard Stop is a comic crime novel set amid a soft housing market and a flaccid economy, where desperate times lead to bad behavior — and the stiffest of penalties.
Jim Metz was pharmaceutical salesman of the year, but now he’s partnered with his shady neighbor Dave Malley in a desperate bid to come up with some fast cash, aided by the pony-tailed, double-crossing ex-con Chimp Wiggins.
Chimp’s boss Jerzy “Shore” Shalinski brings in ex-cop-turned-PI Knocker Morris — a guy who makes his living somewhere between “legal” and “not so much” — to find out who grabbed his product. Enter an ambitious wannabe-Attorney General named William Blankley and his state-cop partner Nora Raines, who offer Morris a powerful incentive to help take down Shore with a made-for-TV police raid that will move the two of them up the political food chain — but leave Knocker stuck between a rock and a very hard place.
Written with a humble nod to Elmore Leonard, Donald Westlake and George Higgins, Hard Stop is the debut novel introducing ex-NYPD cop Knocker Morris, who turned down a gold shield to lead a not-so-quiet life in the Pennsylvania countryside.
Reader reviews for Hard Stop from Amazon.com
“It needs to be a movie with Tarantino or someone like that directing. Gritty yet hilarious! A very easy read.”
“Frenetically paced and brilliantly written, Hard Stop is an unpredictable ride into a world that jumps off the page and draws you into the middle of the action. Hip dialogue surrounded by spot on imagery makes for a fast yet satisfying read. Davies is a new voice that deserves to be heard.”
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