Scumbag newspaper reporter Lionel Kaspar aimlessly wanders from one scam to the next. Trying to claw his way to anywhere, Kaspar fabricates news stories and blackmails a local bureaucrat. What little success Kaspar stumbles upon he wastes betting on sports and drinking. But when Greg Hulas, his competitor, starts investigating him, Kaspar becomes desperate to maintain his position.
Chris Rhatigan is the editor of the crime fiction journal All Due Respect and the co-publisher of All Due Respect Books. He is the author of more than fifty published short stories and the novella The Kind of Friends Who Murder Each Other. His short story collection Wake Up, Time to Die was released in 2014 by BEAT to a PULP. His novella Pessimist is one half of the All Due Respect Books double novella publication you don't exist. His novella A Pack of Lies appeared in another All Due Respect Books publication, Two Bullets, along with Disco Rumble Fish by Ryan Sayles. His noir novella Squeeze was published in April of 2016.