Thanks to Robin Theiss of STL Books & Gifts for her recommendation in Sunday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch story on the year’s favorite books: “Fail” by Rick Skwiot (fiction) • This novel has also been in high demand, possibly spurred by the situation in Ferguson. Skwiot shows off his versatility with this thriller, the story of
NEW RELEASE | FAIL | BY RICK SKWIOT
Pub Date, October 27, 2014. Blank Slate Press
AVAILABLE NOW AT BARNES & NOBLE Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
Disgraced African American St. Louis Police Lieutenant Carlo Gabriel wants fiercely to return to the headquarters hierarchy from which he has been exiled to the city’s tough North Side. All he needs do is track down the missing husband of the mayor’s vivacious press secretary. Instead he unwittingly and unwillingly unearths a morass of corruption, educational malpractice and greed that consigns thousands of at-risk youths to the mean streets of America’s erstwhile murder capital. Worse, it’s the kind of information that could get a cop killed.
Fighting for life and his honor, Gabriel makes chilling discoveries that ultimately lead to a life-threatening and life-changing decision—a choice that could affect not only his own future but also that of the city and its top leaders.
Christmas At Long Lake
“Skwiot’s vivid descriptions of the physical and emotional landscape…are poignant, entertaining, and instructional… There is magic in this depiction of a setting and a way of life that can be described only as Edenic.”–Library Journal
“Rick Skwiot works his own magic… As usual, Skwiot’s writing is sure…And his tale has a gritty, blue-collar cachet…This is good reading.” –Kansas City Star
Hemingway reincarnate, Havana and hurricanes enliven this romantic island tale of love and redemption. Con Martens, once a bestselling author, finds himself down-and-out in Key West, where he encounters a miraculous emissary from Writers’ Heaven—a young Ernest Hemingway sent to get him back on track as a man and an artist.
In Con’s quest to recover his talent and integrity, we glimpse Key West life from the mangroves to the mansions and a dark Havana while spending quality time with Hemingway in his prime.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Rick Skwiot’s earthy, funny and self-effacing chronicle of his heathen days south of the border. With little money and few prospects the troubled freelance writer takes off to Mexico to find himself. Instead he discovers fast-living, amoral, yet spiritually grounded Mexicans who infect him with a soulful lust for life.
Sexy, surreal, and darkly comic, this sultry memoir seduces any reader who values honest reporting of a spiritual journey in which the author finds his deliverance through the senses.
Death In Mexico
Hemingway First Novel Award Winner.
The passionate mystery of a son’s compulsive search for his father’s bones—a quest that draws him into an exotic Mexican underworld of sex, mysticism, drugs, and sudden violence.
Sensual but gritty, vibrant but darkly poignant, Flesh exposes the simmering passions—fired by jealousy, vengeance, love, lust, and greed—when Anglo and Hispanic cultures clash.
Sleeping With Pancho Villa
“A thoughtfully layered backdrop of Mexican culture…impressively crafted labyrinthine setting…Snappy and often funny dialogue.”–Publisher’s Weekly
“Life in a Mexican town…laid out beautifully …A skillfully written portrait of an entire community. Highly recommended.” –Library Journal
“This book alone heralds the arrival of a great new writer.” –The Colorado Springs Independent