“Because Lydia didn’t have arms or legs, she shelled out three thousand bucks to a washed up middleweight named Cap to give her ex-husband the beating of his life.”
But the beating turns to murder, and the murder into lust and desperation between Lydia and an underworld clean-up man. Meanwhile, overgrown frat boy car thieves take up cop killing as a side hobby. When these paths cross, a horror show of violence unfolds as they all slide into a hell of their own design, surrounded by the neon and noise of the casino strip on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Violent, vivid, life at hyper-speed.
This debut novel from the editor of Plots with Guns is a noir nightmare that asks how much is too much in a relationship, and what is the cost of leaving? Ken Bruen calls it “the darkest song I’ve ever read”.
“Anthony Neil Smith takes hardboiled, crunches it, peels back the shell, and finishes it off with a flamethrower. Always with an eye for the perfect detail, a tuning fork for crackling dialogue, and prose that goes down smooth. Don’t flinch, or you’ll miss something. You were warned.”
Sean Doolittle, author of BURN
VICTOR GISCHLER :
Anthony Neil Smith wants to horrify you on every level, so he wrote a novel called Psychosomatic. This book piles one atrocity on top of another and shows you just how dark and nasty and evil humanity can be. Psychosomatic doesn’t let you rest or catch your breath. You think
you’ve got the balls to read this novel? We’ll see, punk. We’ll just see.”