By Benjamin Whitmer

PM Press, Paperback, 9781604860894, 213pp.

Publication Date: August 2010


Douglas Pike is no longer the murderous hustler he was in his youth, but reforming hasn't made him much kinder. He's just living out his life in his Appalachian hometown, working odd jobs with his partner, Rory, hemming in his demons the best he can. And his best seems just good enough until his estranged daughter overdoses, and he takes in his 12-year-old granddaughter, Wendy. Just as the two are beginning to forge a relationship, Derrick Kreiger, a dirty Cincinnati cop, starts to take an unhealthy interest in the girl. Pike and Rory head to Cincinnati to learn what they can about Derrick and the death of Pike’s daughter, and the three men circle, evenly matched predators in a human wilderness of junkie squats, roadhouse bars, and homeless Vietnam vet encampments.

About the Author
Born in Henagar, Alabama, Charlie Louvin recorded from 1947 to 1962 with his brother, Ira, as the Louvin Brothers. In 1955, they became members of the Grand Ole Opry and churned out thirteen hits on the Billboard country chart, including "When I Stop Dreaming," "Cash on the Barrelhead," and "Knoxville Girl." Charlie's solo career began in 1964 with the top five hit "I Don't Love You Anymore," and he followed it with twenty-nine Billboard-charting singles and four Grammy nominations.

Benjamin Whitmer is the author of the novel Pike and a lifelong country music fan. He lives and writes in Denver.

Praise For Pike

"This is what noir is, what it can be when it stops playing niceblunt force drama stripped down to the bone, then made to dance across the page."  Stephen Graham Jones, author, The Trial of Nolan Dugatti

"The words don't just tell a story here, they scream, bleed, and burst into flames. . . . This one’s going to haunt me for quite some time."  Nathan Singer, author, A Prayer for Dawn

"A perfect stride [Whitmer's] first time out of the blocks."  Ward Churchill, author and political activist

"Pike is the stuff of country songs, murder ballads and oh, opera. It goes for the throat and then it gets serious. Pick it up, open the pages and watch out, you’re liable to end up with a busted face."  Barnes and Noble Mystery Blog