A series of random events leads Rachel to believe that the only person she can really trust, is Richard. He convinces her that everyone else wants to change her or lock her up. Persuaded by her best friend Carolyn to talk to her, Rachel relents and Dan captures her and takes her to a remote location, hoping that Bill can help her. What ensues is
unpredictable, shocking, and heartbreaking in it's complexity.
Authors Note: If you're hoping for a happy ending all wrapped up in a nice little bow, you're not alone. I hoped for that as well. Unfortunately, I have never forced characters to live the story I long to tell, I've always allowed them to tell their story, their way. I struggled with this ending. If you've followed this story all along, thank-you. It ended the only way it could have ended. - JW.
Jeremy, a depressed teenager, finds himself getting sucked deeper and deeper into a prescription medication drug ring. Ed, a lonely retiree, finds himself collecting prescription drugs to sell to his depressed grandson. Glen, a reserved widower, finds himself getting more and more involved with a family whose lives are about to be turned upside down by the growing prescription drug trade. Read what happens to three men who are quick to defer to the self-serving decisions of others rather than trusting their own instincts.
Alan, a college student with a severe disability has reaped his vengeance against the murderer of his sister but now it is it is time for payback. He immediately finds himself on a covert mission for a fanatical dissident republican faction intent on destroying the fledgling peace process. Over three thousand lives have already been snuffed out in the conflict.
But the failure of the mission hurtles him even deeper into the quagmire of indebtedness and violence as he is forced to watch the brutal murder of a volunteer. There is also beauty as he becomes entranced by a beautiful British agent almost twice his age. All the while he must continue with college if he is to have any chance of a better life in the future.
Just when he feels that he has done enough to escape his predicament, he hears the name of his ultimate nemesis - Tadg Kennelly. A ruthless monster who with religious zeal will stop at nothing to bring about his dream of a united Ireland. There is no such thing as ...
Mild Narcotics is a collection that fascinates and disturbs in equal doses -- 15 short stories, all previously unpublished, that revel in the absurdity of everyday life.
In "Mr. Punk Rock," a couple decides to deal with their cockatoo's vocalizing in a very direct, hands-on manner; in "Pomerium," a man's commute turns uncomfortable as passengers stare crossly at him for no apparent reason, coming to a head in the elevator on his way to the surface; and in "The Cove," fed up with the beachgoers, especially the omnipresent stench of their sunscreen, a diver devises a diabolical plan to scare them all straight.
Macabre, wild, enigmatic, caustic, this distinct collection lifts the veil of decorum -- under which commonplace cruelty, humor, and unconventional beauty all flourish -- and then stretches it well past its breaking point.
Warning! This story is a dark, haunting psycho-thriller intended for mature readers!
Five years ago, life for Logan Emery had meaning and goals, a possibility of new love and increased job satisfaction. As a detective for the Meriden Police Department, he had one of the best arrest and conviction rates in the state of Connecticut. Staying ahead of the ever increasing crime rate required patience, bravery, problem-solving skills, and observation to detail, community involvement, and most importantly, Logan's inimitable intuition.
But all that changed after solving one of the most gruesome and disturbing serial killer cases. Frustrated with not getting a well-deserved promotion to Division Commander, he quit the only job he ever knew since leaving the military. After a failed attempt at opening a private detective agency, and recently divorcing the first love of his life, he's been living in a flat behind his son's house; lonely, wallowing in despair and self-pity, at the bottom of his ...
"The skill of Margaret Atwood; the masterful psychological insight of Dostoyevsky; the vivid, evocative descriptions of Marcel Proust." -- Francis Mont, author of 'The Prism of my Mind'
"Chris Angelis has a way of describing sad reality with beautiful words full of atmosphere, capturing thoughts and feelings that even his protagonists wouldn't be able to put into words." -- Barbara Tsipouras, 'Reading Experience'
"Honest, beautiful writing. Chris Angelis strips away the pleasant lies we choose to believe and exposes our senses to something poetic and new." -- Kinney Scott, author of the 'Ashwood' series
He ekes out a meager living battling society's prejudices and a past trauma.
She's struggling with alcohol addiction.
An unexpected lottery win changes their lives overnight, and they begin to travel around Europe, discovering more about themselves and each other.
But soon the darker truth behind his past as well as her future will force an unexpected endgame.