The Ultimatum

Written by Karen Robards — British crime fans may remember the TV series Hustle, which ran from 2004 to 2012 and attracted quite an audience. It followed the antics of a group of high-end con artists and starred, among others, the fabulous Robert Vaughan. Their ‘marks’…
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Knuckleball by Tom Pitts

After last year’s triumphant novel, Hustle, San Francisco native Tom Pitts returns with another hard hitting report from the city’s mean streets. Knuckleball is a novella published by American indie One Eye Press, which was already very much on my radar after publishing Chris Leek’s…
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Rough Justice: Top five books of 2014

Trying to decipher trends that have arisen from the year just ended is always difficult. Though I read a lot, I don’t read everything by any means, and many good books might have escaped me. But what I can say is that there were many…
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Book Club


Hotel, motel, car seat – Donny and Big Rich don’t really mind as long as their tricks pay up and they can get their hands on some smack when their work is done. But understand this, though they’re male prostitutes working San Francisco’s Tenderloin district,…
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Hustle by Tom Pitts

Donny and Big Rich are male prostitutes in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. Their lives revolve around getting high. Heroin is what they are addicted to, but if they can’t get that then crack or meth is better than nothing. It means never looking beyond the…
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