A blistering debut collection that unsparingly confronts the extreme, brutal parts of the human heart.
Denizens of the shadows who live outside the law—from the desolate meth labs of the Ozark Mountains to the dog-fighting rings of Detroit to the lavish Los Angeles mansions of the rich and famous—the characters in Love and Other Wounds all thirst for something seemingly just beyond their reach. Some are on the run, pursued by the law or propelled relentlessly forward by a dangerous past that is disturbingly close. Others are searching for a semblance of peace and stability, and even love, in a fractured world defined by seething violence and ruthless desperation. All are bruised, pushed to their breaking point and beyond, driven to extremes they never imagined.
OUTSTANDING collection of short stories. I love to sink my teeth into exceptionally written hardboiled, noir, gritty masterpieces and I was more than fulfilled with Jordan Harper’s stellar writing talent.
Harper manipulates language shaping and forming it into amazing prose. His creativity cannot be denied. His style possesses a beautiful brutal in your face slap, and at other moments it’s stark, smooth and melodic, highly detailed and visual as well. EVERY story in this collection is amazing with its various substance.
Character development, hardcore narratives, revisiting characters from previous stories in the collection, repeating characters, each dealing with violence in their individual circumstances. Jordan captures the required ingredients to craft powerful stories and characters. I anxiously await more from this gifted writer, Jordan’s abilities should be highly noted. Incredible writing and reading!
A man runs away from his grave and into a maelstrom of bullets and fire.
A Hollywood fixer finds love over the corpse of a dead celebrity.
LIKE RIDING A MOPED
A morbidly obese woman imagines a new life with the jewel thief who is scheming to rob the store where she works.
I WISH THEY NEVER NAMED HIM MAD DOG
A man earns the name “Mad Dog” and lives to regret it.
PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
Crime spree get coupling with a helluva ending.
JOHNNY CASH IS DEAD
Supreme sacrifice for vengeance gone wrong, halting. Last story, perfect ending to the collection.
Jordan Harper was born and educated in Missouri. He’s worked as an ad man, a rock critic and a teevee writer. He is the former music editor of St. Louis’s Riverfront Times and a former critic for Village Voice Media. He currently lives in Los Angeles and writes for The Mentalist and Gotham.
Jordan collects trash fiction, true crime books and how-to manuals for dirty deeds.
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