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Rough Trade
     

Rough Trade

by Todd Robinson
 

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The long-awaited second novel in Todd Robinson's Anthony Award-nominated Boo and Junior series

When a waitress at The Cellar asks Boo and Junior to scare off her roommate Dana’s harassing ex-boyfriend, Byron, Boo’s white-knight impulses kick in and they perform the job with gusto—leaving Byron bloodied but very much alive. So when Byron is

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The long-awaited second novel in Todd Robinson's Anthony Award-nominated Boo and Junior series

When a waitress at The Cellar asks Boo and Junior to scare off her roommate Dana’s harassing ex-boyfriend, Byron, Boo’s white-knight impulses kick in and they perform the job with gusto—leaving Byron bloodied but very much alive. So when Byron is found dead, they’re shocked. They’re even more shocked when they learn that nothing is what they originally thought, and they're being held accountable in the death.

With Junior called in for questioning, Boo determines to clear their names by finding Byron’s true killer. It’s a quest in which Boo will have to face down crooked cops, crazed guard dogs, a rival security crew, the Irish mob and—worst of all—his own ingrained prejudices.

Action-packed, outrageously funny, and brutally honest, Rough Trade brings back crime fiction’s favorite bouncers and takes them well out of their comfort zone.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/27/2016
Robinson’s rough-and-tumble sequel to 2013’s The Hard Bounce finds William “Boo” Malone and his crew of survivors from St. Gabriel’s Home for Boys—Junior, Ollie, and Twitch—hanging tight as adults and bearing the scars of their upbringing. Boo and Junior are bouncers at the Cellar, a Boston rock and roll club, where skirmishes with unruly patrons are common. A confrontation with employees of IronClad Security leads to a fight with IronClad’s physically formidable boss, Ian Summerfield. As Boo accurately notes, “our whole scene was one big fight club.” Meanwhile, Boo and Junior beat jazz musician Byron Walsh as a favor to coworker Ginny and as a warning for him to leave her alone, but when Byron turns up dead, Junior is fingered for the killing. With help from Twitch and Ollie, Boo works to clear Junior in a gritty tale leavened by some raucous humor. (Aug.)
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Advance praise for ROUGH TRADE

“Todd Robinson is the most important name in contemporary American noir.”
–Roger Hobbs, New York Times bestselling author of GHOSTMAN and winner of the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

"Rough-and-tumble...a gritty tale leavened by some raucous humor."
–Publishers Weekly

"Robinson tells a helluva story."
–Booklist

"Todd Robinson is the Jonathan Franzen of crime fiction. Nobody nails such a deft balance between tough-guy narrative, gut-busting laughs, and a genuine emotional core. ROUGH TRADE tackles some complicated subject matter, and in less sure hands it could have been preachy, precious, or downright disastrous. Robinson handles it with heart, humor, honesty—and he more than sticks the landing. He's one of the most exciting and engaging voices in any category."
–Rob Hart, author of NEW YORKED

"Todd Robinson’s ROUGH TRADE isn’t always pretty, and it isn’t always nice. But it is a brave, unflinching portrait of working-class prejudices wrapped up in a doozy of a crime story and delivered by one of the most assured, distinctive voices in the genre today. Robinson tackles a subject lesser writers would run from with guts, heart, and grace."
–Chris Holm, author of THE KILLING KIND

“Todd Robinson’s fiction is fast-paced, funny and wildly entertaining, but what sets him apart is his incredible empathy for his characters and the world around them. Boo and Junior are the kind of guys who’d scare you out of your wits if you met them on the street, but on the page they’re the endearing odd couple you can’t help but cheer for.”
–Owen Laukkanen, bestselling author of THE PROFESSIONALS

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781943818006
Publisher:
Polis Books
Publication date:
08/09/2016
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
882,850
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

Todd Robinson is the creator and chief editor of the multi-award-winning crime fiction magazine Thuglit. His short fiction has appeared in Blood and Tacos, Plots With Guns, Needle Magazine, Shotgun Honey, Strange, Weird, and Wonderful, Out of the Gutter, Pulp Pusher, Grift, Demolition Magazine, and CrimeFactory. His writing has been nominated for a Derringer Award, short-listed for Best American Mystery Stories, and selected for Writers Digest's Year's Best Writing 2003, and it won the inaugural Bullet Award in June 2011. His first novel featuring Boo and Junior, The Hard Bounce, was nominated for the Anthony Award. He lives in Queens, NY.

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