Kiss The Devil Goodnight by Jonathan Woods
Bill Derringer, Yale dropout and Iraq war vet goes on a trip to Florida with his wife Edie and their kids to visit Edie’s Aunt Ida.
Turns out this trip was never going to be an ordinary family vacation.
Drawn into a botched robbery Bill is lucky to escape with his life and as his wife and her aunt disappear to Mexico with the money, Bill is caught by the cops and goes to prison.
Five and a half years later Bill is paroled and is torn between a desire to reunite with his kids and his quest to track down Aunt Ida and Edie and meter out some revenge.
So begins this road trip crime novel that weaves its way from Atlanta to Mexico City and winds up in the wilds of the Yucatan jungle.
This darkly funny, high octane, neo-pulp tale is a search for sex, love, revenge, the meaning of life and a suitcase lost by William Burroughs.
Praise for Kiss The Devil Goodnight.
“Jonathan Woods’ Kiss the Devil Goodnight, is debauched, deadpan, and inebriating—the confessions of a comedic psychopath. Wild fun! You’ll never take sex or death seriously again. Buy this book!”—Vicki Hendricks, author of Miami Purity, Voluntary Madness and the Edgar Award finalist Cruel Poetry
“Jonathan Woods’ Kiss the Devil Goodnight is a street-smart, fast-paced and deliciously cynical tale that races like an 18-wheeler with blown brakes from Florida’s badlands to the dark heart of Mexico. The story it tells of sex, money and revenge is as steamy and dangerous as a crocodile-ridden swamp.”
—Stephen Amidon, author of Human Capital (basis of the Oscar-nominated Italian film of the same title), Security and The Real Justice
“What a wonderful novel. I flat out loved Kiss the Devil Goodnight … I had a pure surge of delight on reading it, it’s fun, fast, furious, frantic and oh so fantastically written. A rare treat.”—Ken Bruen, two-time Shamus Award-winning author of The Guards, London Boulevard, Blitz and Purgatory
“Kiss the Devil Goodnight is a frenzied and sprawling masterpiece that blasts through the boundaries of southern-gothic. Featuring one of the most memorable anti-heroes in literature, this novel cements Jonathan Woods' reputation as one of the truly original voices in crime fiction.”
—Jon Bassoff, author of Corrosion, Factory Town and The Incurables
Praise for Jonathan Woods.
“If you crossed the Coen brothers with Kurt Vonnegut, then threw in some Jim Thompson along with a couple of dollops of vintage Tarantino, you’d come up with a writer very much like Woods.”—Ben Fountain, award-winning author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
“Woods is the David Lynch of short crime fiction.”—Spinetingler Magazine
“The 19 tales of erotic or absurdist noir in Bad Juju are lively, imaginative, sometimes parodic, often darkly funny, accurately likened on the back cover to opium dreams and Quentin Tarantino…all executed with enormous skill by a writer of formidable talent.” —Jon L. Breen, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
“Violence, sex and gonzo plot twists fuel Woods’ diverting collection Bad Juju…most set in sun-and-blood-drenched borderlands. These stories amp up the volume to 11.” —Publishers Weekly
“Jonathan Woods has arrived. A Death in Mexico is a great and telling ride south of the border into madness and mayhem. I loved it.” —Michael Connelly, author of The Lincoln Lawyer and the Harry Bosch crime novels.
“A Death in Mexico is as brutal as the kick of raw mescal…powerful.”—Publishers Weekly
“Woods’ wild mix of smart stories will run you through just enough hell to make you like it.”—Vicki Hendricks, author of Miami Purity and Iguana Love
“Rich writing full of strong images. Twisted and funny and brilliant” —Paul D. Brazill, Brit Grit and International Noir