THE POSTHUMOUS MAN
When Elliot Stilling killed himself, he thought his troubles were over. Then the ER doctors revived him. It’s infatuation at first sight when he meets his nurse, Felicia Vogan, a strange young woman with a "weakness for sad sacks and losers." After she helps Elliot escape from the hospital, she takes him back to her place. He’s happy to go with her, even when she leads him straight to a gang planning a million dollar heist. Does Felicia just want Elliott to protect her from the outfit’s psychotic leader, Stan the Man? Or is Elliot being set up to take the hard fall? One thing’s for sure: if he’s going to survive this long night of deceit and murder, Elliot will have to finally face himself and his own dark past.
In THE POSTHUMOUS MAN, the existential and theological themes buried inside the best noir are pulled to the surface, hungry for air and clutching a last chance at redemption. Jake Hinkson crafts this bullet-fast novella with qualities emblematic of the best crime fiction: empathy, gravity and brevity. Much appreciated and highly recommended.
Eddie Muller, Shamus Award winning author of THE DISTANCE
THE POSTHUMOUS MAN is every bit as crazily entertaining as Hinkson's hard-rocking debut, HELL ON CHURCH STREET, and it reads like a streamliner rocketing across the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Scott Phillips, author of THE ICE HARVEST
A tightly written piece of nasty Southern noir that's dripping with old time religion and blood. THE POSTHUMOUS MAN manages to feel both like a classic post-war crime novel and something entirely new and all Hinkson's own at the same time.