Sunday, February 7, 2016
The Devil You Know, by Jas. R. Petrin
This is Petrin's third appearance in this blog.
Reading a new adventure of a favorite character fells like meeting up with an old friend. But some friends are definitely better in fiction than in real life.
Which leads us to Leo "Skig" Skorzeny, a tough-as-nails loan shark in Halifax, Canada. Skig is too old to be doing this stuff, and he has an "imp" in his guts he expects will kill him, if someone else doesn't do it first.
Among his enemies are the Halifax police who have "found" a block of cocaine in his ancient smelly Crown Vic - in an earlier story it spent a few hours in the harbor - and they offer him a deal: they won't press charges if he helps them find a truckload of old furniture that was stolen while being shifted from police headquarters.
Skig has good reason not to trust the cops. As his friend Creeper says about the sergeant running the operation: "When she says win-win, she really means a double win for them. Nothng for you."
But Skig figures out that what they are really after is not the old desks and tables but some filing cabinets that were in the truck. And if he can find them - and determine which file they are desperate for - he might get out of the mess with a whole skin.
As usual, a good story from Petrin.