NO HAPPY ENDINGS
Stacy Weinreich is a Circulation Leader at the Tippecanoe County Public Library in Indiana.
I am partial to dark, violent fiction and don't care about happy endings. Here's a list of some of my favorite books that will knock your socks off. More recommendations can be found on our blog at http://www.tcpl.lib.in.us/bookclubs/.
By Nic Pizzolatto
Roy Cady is an enforcer for a loan shark. In the past, he had a relationship with Carmen, his boss's current girlfriend, which means certain death. He goes on the run--but does he run far enough? This book does not have one cheerful or humorous moment in it!
By Rick Gavin
Nick Reid works as a repo man in the Mississippi Delta. His landlady Pearl lets him borrow her dead husband's mint 1969 Ranchero. Fellow employee and best friend Desmond, who drives a Geo Metro, cannot fit into the driver's seat of his car so he has to drive it from the back seat. These events are related. The swampy Delta, the violence, and the methlabs setting create a wonderful piece of fiction.
Crimes in Southern Indiana
By Frank Bill
These short stories are chockfull of violence, alcohol, methamphetamines, and crime, and they all take place in rural settings with rampant poverty and subsistence hunting. "A Coon Hunter's Noir" and " A Rabbit in the Lettuce Patch" are my two favorites.
By Irvine Welsh
Welsh is brutally honest about drug addiction and life in housing projects, and this book is not for the fainthearted. I never saw the movie, but the book has explicit sex, violence, and salty language. Welsh's publisher has also recently released the prequel, Skagboys.
A Congregation of Jackals
By S. Craig Zahler
This extremely violent book, which takes place in Montana Territory, is a Western about bad guys gone good whose past catches up with them. So bad deeds prevail, and a very evil man plans to ruin their lives.
A Hap and Leonard Novel
By Joe R. Lansdale
Hap and Leonard are extremely likable Texan smart alecks who tend to create mayhem wherever they ramble. Their intentions are always good, however, even if they involve murdering or maiming people, which happens every few chapters. Vanilla Ride is a top-notch female killer for hire. Block out a couple of hours and settle down with this book, because you won't want to put...