Grind Joint

Grind Joint

by Dana King


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ISBN-13: 9781943402434
Publisher: Down & Out Books II, LLC
Publication date: 10/17/2016
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Dana King has worked as a musician, public school teacher, adult trainer, and information systems analyst. His short story, "Green Gables," was published in the anthology Blood, Guts, and Whiskey, edited by Todd Robinson. Other short fiction has appeared in New Mystery Reader, A Twist of Noir, Mysterical-E, and Powder Burn Flash. Dana's first two novels, Wild Bill and Worst Enemies have received praise from authors such as Charlie Stella, Timothy Hallinan, Adrian McKinty, and Leighton Gage. The author lives in Laurel, Maryland.

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Grind Joint 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
KaneH 9 months ago
Here is a story set in a particular region of rust-belt Pennsylvania, where the writer knows and loves the place and its people, no matter how battered and ill-used they are. Accurate and poignant, it depicts those that live on after an economy has dried up. What's left for many is a resigned memory of loss and better times. Perfect breeding ground for crime, but the stalwart small-town police are better and smarter than the crooks think. There's a lovely cat-and-mouse game between numerous opponents and shifting alliances. Great crime fiction with memorable people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book so much.
Benjamin_Sobieck More than 1 year ago
Grind Joint realizes the promises made in Dana King's first two excellent crime novels, Wild Bill and Worst Enemies. First to the reader, in the most vivid yet readable entry in the crime author's catalog. Even the most degenerate lowlife - and there are plenty of them in this tale of casinos, cops, cash and corruption - lives and breathes in the writing. With a large roster of characters, this easily could've become bogged down. But King's tight prose is such that it can accomplish in two sentences something that could've eaten two pages. That keeps the action flowing forward from the first page onward. King's done this before in other novels, but this time the urgency is as built in as part of the setting. There's a death before the first 1,000 words is up. That may have something to do with the publisher, Stark House Press. It's about damn time someone figured out what a great writer King is in this genre. Wild Bill and Worst Enemies set the scene for this debut with Stark House, and things couldn't have turned out better. If mob fiction is your thing, and even if it isn't, Grind Joint is a great crime novel to get lost inside. From the small things, like the way the police officers talk to each other, all the way up to the grand schemes at the heart of the story, Grind Joint is a mob fiction must. You'll never gamble at a casino again without looking over your shoulder.