Two young hustlers, caught in an endless cycle of addiction and prostitution, decide to blackmail an elderly client of theirs. Donny and Big Rich want to film Gabriel Thaxton with their cell phones during a sexual act and put the video up on YouTube. Little do they know, the man they’ve chosen, a high-profile San Francisco defense attorney, is already being blackmailed by someone more sinister: an ex-client of the lawyer’s. A murderous speed freak named Dustin has already permeated the attorney’s life and Dustin has plans for the old man. The lawyer calls upon an old biker for help and they begin a violent race to suppress his deadly secret. ***Praise for HUSTLE*** “Tom Pitts’ HUSTLE is the kind of in-your-face street level noir that American crime fiction hasn’t seen in a long, long time. Frankly, not many writers have either the balls or the talent to pull it off. Pitts has both in spades. Bold, honest and daring.” —Todd Robinson, The Hard Bounce “Tom Pitts is part of a rare and dying breed, a self-taught, instinctual writer whose tight, pitch-perfect prose was honed the old-fashioned way by reading and walking the seedy alleys of life. HUSTLE is quick-paced and dark, at once sad and funny as hell, with a Jim Thompson-esque cast of characters and echoes of Bukowski in its poetic sensitivity. Pitts’ own experiences on the streets of San Francisco make HUSTLE a novel unlike any you’ve read before. I love this book.” —Ro Cuzon, Under the Dixie Moon “What makes HUSTLE such a remarkable book—and Tom Pitts such a formidable writer—is the juxtaposition of literary tradition versus street ethos. HUSTLE pushes boundaries and challenges the peripheral but not at the expense of story, which zips along the dirty streets of San Francisco to tell a terrifying tale, the likes of which, I promise you, you’ve never heard before. This is in-the-trenches, first-hand, in-your-face reportage, from a who knows what it takes to survive those streets. Unflinching and without apology.” —Joe Clifford, Junkie Love and Lamentation “HUSTLE is a smart and deceitful novel that can’t wait for you to judge it. It presents itself with a raw, unadorned prose, but it’s way more than meets the eye. Tom Pitts is a wicked storyteller. He barely arrived in the publishing game, but expect him to become one of these cult authors with a rabid fanbase.” —Benoit Lelievre, DeadEndFollies.com “HUSTLE in an insane mind-fuck.” —Liam Sweeny, Welcome Back Jack
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If you read the description provided by the publisher, it all sounds wonderfully seedy, of course. Two young men, Donny and Rich, drug addicts, living and working in the notorious Tenderloin section of downtown San Francisco. They aren't gay, but being young and male and willing to do almost anything -- hustling gay men is how they keep the cash coming so they can stay high and stave off the horrible sickness of withdrawal as long as possible. And yes, Hustle will get a lot of attention for the extreme creepiness of its characters, their activities, and the various settings. That's great, of course, because hopefully that'll get people curious and cause them to read, buy, and talk about the book, and Mr. Pitts will make a lot of money and Hollywood will buy the rights and make a really cool movie. But, none of that is why Hustle is, in my opinion, such a good book, such an absolutely fun read. The reason why Hustle is so good is this: Pitts is a wonderful storyteller. Hustle...
Finally, yes finally, we have a good, raw, down and dirty, book to add to the bookshelves. There were moments when I gripped the book and yelled, "Hell yes", to whoever was around me at the time. This book is not a censored read. You have to be able to want to experience the street life on the seedy side of San Francisco. Tom Pitts does not hold back. You get the whole shibang right there in that 318 pages. God, I loved it!
Donny and Rich are street hustlers. They spend their days shooting Heroin and their nights turning tricks to get money for Heroin. Rich comes up with a plan on how they can extort money from one of his johns named Gabriel. Gabriel is a wealthy, criminal lawyer who likes his sex a little kinky. Really, very kinky. After setting the plan into motion by filming Gabriel in the act, Rich and Donny head over to Gabriel's mansion to surprise him with the video. They are the ones surprised when confronted by a psychopath that had the idea first. Gabriel...
You are not going to find many books like this. This one isn't demo tested; there are no considerations for softening elements to make more appealing for mainstream consumption. The result is bare bones, no hold's barred, in-your-face reportage from the front lines of the streets. It's got the grittiness of a junkie memoir, and the fast, unapologetic pace of a crime novel, creating a unique hybrid. What Pitts does so well is present his unsavory characters without excuses. These are real people. People you might never want to meet. But they exist nonetheless, and the author takes us behind the scenes to show us how exactly. And it ain't pretty. Donny, Rich, Bear, Gabriel, these are hardly upstanding citizens. But their tragic lots and desire for a better life render them all too human. Best of all, none of this forsakes the plot, which zips along like Leonard or a Tarantino flick. Just how I like my books: dark and dirty, with a glimmer of redemption.
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