In an abandoned Midwestern city, there's one last vestige of order and days gone by: 8th Street Power & Light. Part government, gang, and power company, 8th Street tasks Samuel Parrish with keeping the city clear of meth and bootleg liquor. Most nights, Samuel tracks down criminals, while others find him navigating hazier avenues: in between drinking and fighting, he's falling for his best friend's girl. But when Samuel rousts a well-connected dealer, he uncovers a secret that threatens to put the city back in the dark.
Eric Shonkwiler is the author of Above All Men, a novel, and Moon Up, Past Full, a collection of novellas and stories. His writing has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Lit Pub, and The Millions. Born and raised in Ohio, he received his MFA from University of California-Riverside, and has lived and worked in every contiguous U.S. time zone.
"Shonkwiler is the fearless new voice of the American Heartland." -Taylor Brown, author of In the Season of Blood and Gold and Fallen Land "The twists and turns will leave you breathless, but it's Shonkwiler's restraint with language and dialogue that'll keep you coming back for more. -Aline Ohanesian, author of Orhan's Inheritance "Fans of hard-boiled noir will appreciate Shonkwiler's style, in which spare syntax and tight dialogue rule the day. A star-crossed affair, unfolded with nuance, and the descriptions of a city lit up at night beat with the rhythm of poetry." -Britta Coleman, author of Potter Springs