Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Crime Fiction
“Roy’s eking out an existence working a minimum wage job at a big box store when his girlfriend kicks him out for being a drunk piece of shit. Then a night out at the club with his friend Banksy goes south, leaving Roy in the middle of a murder investigation. All he wants is enough cash to drink, smoke, and sleep under a roof. Roy has two options: Watch his shitty life circle the drain or do something about it.”
“Chris Rhatigan is the co-publisher of crime fiction syndicate All Due Respect Books. He is the author of The Kind of Friends Who Murder Each Other, Squeeze, and Race to the Bottom.”
If you've read anything by Chris Rhatigan or any of the other authors from All Due Respect Books, the publishing company he co-owns, you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Race to the Bottom and the story will deliver just what you expect. You'll find characters who are chock-full of flaws. People will do things they probably shouldn't. Crimes will be committed. In many ways the story will be dark. (Other times, you'll laugh, although what you're laughing at might not really be funny. You're far from perfect yourself, you know.) This is a fast, intense read and despite Roy, the protagonist, having many flaws, I found myself feeling sympathetic for him and his plight.
Lots of adult language.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 20-25,000 words