The Last of the Smoking Bartenders

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The Last of the Smoking Bartenders follows a drifter traversing the Arizona desert, leaving behind a path of destruction. Tom believes he is a secret agent deep undercover racing to stop terrorists from blowing up the Hoover Dam. Forced to live off the grid, without paper money because of tracking devices in the watermarks, and aided by a homeless raft guide and a band of meth dealing Navajos, he hunts down a terrorist network one Molotov cocktail at a time. But is it all a delusion? Are they actually killing ...
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The Last of the Smoking Bartenders follows a drifter traversing the Arizona desert, leaving behind a path of destruction. Tom believes he is a secret agent deep undercover racing to stop terrorists from blowing up the Hoover Dam. Forced to live off the grid, without paper money because of tracking devices in the watermarks, and aided by a homeless raft guide and a band of meth dealing Navajos, he hunts down a terrorist network one Molotov cocktail at a time. But is it all a delusion? Are they actually killing innocent people? Chased by a beautiful but damaged FBI agent and a crossbow wielding psychopath, Tom must stay one step ahead of his pursuers and save the country he loves, all on less than a dollar a day.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Thomas Gaughan
"Howell’s tale is character driven and features a Crumleyesque road trip through dying tank towns in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada... His portrait of small, failing towns with six-lane-wide main streets, a tractor-supply store, and a few mobile homes baking under a nuclear sun will stay with readers for a long time, as will his damaged protagonists and vivid secondary characters, including the tweakers with “glassy eyes and shiny cheeks.”
author of Frank Sinatra in a Blender - Matthew McBride
“The Last of the Smoking Bartenders is hilarious and intense, a book that nailed my feet to the floor, grounding me to my favorite reading chair for two days and ruining all my plans. I love it when that happens.”
author of The Nymphos of Rocky Flats - Mario Acevedo
“A zany, violent road trip through madness and paranoia. The Southwest as seen through the haze of a meth pipe while you cruise on a ninety-proof buzz. Visceral and intense.”
author of Crimes in Southern Indiana - Frank Bill
“A heated adrenaline ride of pulp and madness, if you have a taste for the harsh, the downtrodden and the psychotic, C.J. Howell brings something fresh and entertaining to this landscape of storytelling, while flipping it on its ear. If not too bad for you!”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985578688
  • Publisher: New Pulp Press
  • Publication date: 10/20/2013
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 817,415
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

C.J. HOWELL began writing on cocktail napkins and spiral notebooks in the bars where he worked long before Macbook Pros and Twitter updates. The Last of the Smoking Bartenders was written just that way through the birth of his two children, the death of a good dog, and a law degree. He lives and writes in Arizona.
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