DEAD IS BETTER by Jo Perry
Perry returns to the world of the living in this novella about limits, empowerment and what passes for justice in the city of sin.
PRAISE FOR EVERYTHING HAPPENS
"Maximum joltage." -Mark Ramsden
"Killer." - Steven Cooper
"Stepping away from her excellent Dead Dog series, this is a fine novel where everything happens at the end."
– Eric Idle
"Perry's story is by turns intriguing, exciting and TERRIFYING. Great characters. Ingenious plotting. Maximum joltage. A fascinating look at LA and Las Vegas, which doesn't ignore the dispossessed. Kept me guessing right till the end."
-Mark Ramsden, author of Dread: The Art of Serial Killing
"Jo Perry has written a killer novella, vivid, dizzying, and scary. Everything Happens is a heart-pounding, rapid pulse trip across the desert landscape, traversing a minefield of human desperation. Perry’s compelling voice, language,
imagery weave together the ultimate Vegas nightmare, where hope and redemption are a mirage —until they’re not.
The sun sizzles. The dialogue crackles. The darkness creeps. This is a gripping work, a read-in-one-sitting,
unputdownable book. Highly and enthusiastically recommend.”
––Steven Cooper, author of Valley of Shadows and the rest of the Gus Parker & Alex Mills series.
"Cold hearts and broken hearts intersect a blistering American desert.Classic American noir with a contemporary outlook; Jo Perry is in Jim Thompson territory here,but she makes it all her own and with writing sharp enough to slice bone.
I loved EVERYTHING HAPPENS."
––Timothy Hallinan, author of the celebrated Simeon Grist, Junior Bender and Poke Rafferty novels.
"I can’t think of a better way to pass an evening than in the company of Jo Perry and the wonderfully dark,
deranged and delightful EVERYTHING HAPPENS."
––Derek Farrell, author of the celebrated Danny Bird mysteries
"...an unusual journey, and all the more compelling for the way it ends up, the unexpected shift in power and the way [Perry] challenges gender and genre convention in noir. [Perry] leads you down one path, to take a sudden turn in the story,to call it a twist doesn’t for me get to the root of what I think Jo has achieved here.
This reads to me like a very deliberate challenge
to mainstream crime writing and the expectations of characters within it.[Perry} is playful with typical structures and subtly subverts them to create a compelling tale..."
-Matthew Keyes, It's An Indie Bookblog
Read an interview by Jason Beech about Everything Happens and other stuff: https://jdbeech.wordpress.com/2019/11/18/interview-with-jo-perry-author-of-everything-happens/