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The Smack

Richard Lange

6 Reviews

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Fiction, Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

A novel about family, adventure, and the art of the con from acclaimed crime writer Richard Lange.

Rowan Petty is a conman down on his luck. Tinafey is a hooker who's tired of the streets. Their paths cross one snowy night in Reno, and they hit it off.

An old friend of Petty's turns up with a rumour about a crew of American soldiers who smuggled two million dollars out of Afghanistan and stashed the money in an apartment in Los Angeles. He thinks Petty's just the guy to steal the cash. Petty thinks he hasn't got much to lose.

He decides to drive down to L.A. to investigate. Tinafey decides to go with him.

These might be the last decisions they will ever make.

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Praise for The Smack

  • There are books - like Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men and Nic Pizzolatto's Galveston - that open with a trigger snap of trouble and blast forward with the propulsive force of a bullet and never stop moving...ANGEL BABY puts Lange in a new category: crime boss - Esquire

  • When you find yourself rooting for the killer in a grisly crime novel, you know you're in the hands of a real writer - New York Times

  • Lange's prose is masterful, his sense of pacing unfaltering, and he writes about characters on the cutting edge of life... They'll call it "unputdownable" and "a page-turner," and they'll be spot on. You won't know exactly how right they are until you pick up Angel Baby and it burns you to set it aside for even a minute. - Los Angeles Review of Books

  • A film waiting to happen, this book boasts memorable characters, evocative settings and a suspenseful plot. - Kirkus

  • Strong and relentless....Beautifully paced, deftly written, ANGEL BABY is a book about moral compromise, in which we have empathy for everyone (or almost everyone) and no one at once.... As with life, ANGEL BABY offers a story in which motivations are murky and every act is weighted, and the best we can hope for is that the means will be justified by the results - Los Angeles Times

  • The story is thrilling and cinematic, told as one long chase scene....Lange inhabits his

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Richard Lange

Richard Lange is the author of the short story collections Dead Boys and Sweet Nothing and the novels This Wicked World and Angel Baby. His stories have appeared in the Sun, the Iowa Review and Best American Mystery Stories, and as part of the Atlantic Monthly's Fiction for Kindle series. He was the 2008 recipient of the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009. He lives in Los Angeles.

Vist his website at www.richlange.com or follow him on Twitter @richardlange.