The Ice Harvest by Scott Phillips

The Ice Harvest

Scott Phillips

Follow Charlie Arglist revisiting the landscape of his used-up life. Stolen money, a scam, a plot full of twists - no mercy allowed and all on Christmas Eve! A seedy, downbeat, rollercoaster read.

Extract

TO OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS. WE WILL BE CLOSING AT 5PM ON CHRISTMAS EVE AND ALL DAY ON CHRISTMAS DAY SO THAT OUR EMPLOYEES MAY SPEND THE HOLIDAY WITH THEIR FAMILIES.

'What you got your goddamn sign lit up for, then?' Charlie shouted kicking the door. The interior of the restaurant was fully illuminated. He felt like throwing a brick through the plate glass. He turned on his heel and on his first step away from the door felt his left foot sliding along the slick concrete step, then his right, and then his tailbone making the solid contact with the frozen sidewalk.

Parallels
  • Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard
  • The Final Country by James Crumley