`The only thing worse than getting beat up by a paedophile was coming home and finding him dead on your porch.'
And, after that cracking opening line, things really go downhill for Gabriel Hill, Ph.D.
Gabe is the white sheep of the family. Well, compared to his estranged, drug dealing brother, Mike, he is. But when the aforementioned dead paedophile is dumped in front of his house, Gabe becomes a murder suspect. Then he discovers that Mike has been murdered and he decides to investigate the killing.
And then things really, really go downhill.
There's a duplicitous femme fatale. A very scary and very, very messed up psychopath called Tyler, and his creepy, obedient sidekick. Add weird animal sacrifices, missing loot and a slew of corpses. And the mysterious Mr Greenstreet.
R. Thomas Brown's breathless hillbilly-noir is rough and tough, lean and mean, hard-boiled and hard core. And a hell of a lot of fun, though not for those of a sensitive disposition.