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Across the border lies Politioburg: hell on Earth, home to putas, punks and psychos.

Escape is not in the stars, redemption is not in the cards, but reckoning might just be on the menu.

Stand back. The pit is about to spit something back out.
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Published 2013 by Crime Factory
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Toby
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night
All you gringos listen up, Marias are some fierce bitches and they're gonna have their revenge for all the times you mistreated them. You had better hope they haven't read this call to arms from Jedidiah Ayres before you spit on them, slap them, cut them, and rape them or you may not have a face left for next time. Or any flesh for that matter.

Existing as some kind of awful halfway house between life and death, America and Mexico, heaven and hell, Politoburg is a shanty town created by a crime l
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Richard
What a great find! I'm definitely not the first person to discover Jedidiah Ayres (I'm sure he has a bunch of fans already) but I'm glad I got to jump on the bandwagon early while his career is still relatively young! Although they're still niche areas of fiction, the new age of gritty noir and the novella format are getting more popular these days, so there are many great examples of both out there. But Jedidiah Ayres really put his mark down with this one and penned a true stand-out!

The book f
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Still
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of suspense-thrillers, crime-noir
Re-read this earlier today.

I'd forgotten what an outstanding novella this one is.
Lyrical and haunting.
Imagine: there's a place somewhere south of Texas in the deserts of Mexico where bad men are sent to die.

Highest possible recommendation.




My Original Review from 2013:

What a tough, brutal novella!
Read it last night on my I-Pad.
Exceptional writing.
From Crime Factory, right?
The author is smarter and more talented than any mainstream noir/thriller author jamming the racks of bookstores from coast-t
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Josh
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
FIERCE BITCHES is a novella unlike any I've read before. A haunting and violent slice of noir set amongst a desolate backdrop where ramshackle residents live and die by their vices. The town of Politoburg, a satellite-like town is a lonely place where hearts come to die and hope fades quicker than innocence. The trade push is prostitution and strong arm tactics; for pimps and revellers, a haven of sorts, for those bound to the town limits, a hell as hot at the Mexican desert.

Despite the bleak e
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Nik Korpon
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
How does one author pack so much into so little space? Ayres's writing is concise but carries a biblical weight. His characters are raw and worn out as the ragged Mexican desert setting, but somehow maintain their humanity. Which is saying a hell of a lot in a story as brutal and unflinching as this. It's unconscionable that Ayres isn't one of the biggest names in noir fiction. ...more
Steven
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brutal and beautiful. Lethal and lyrical. This is one freaking fierce bitch of a book.
Bran Gustafson
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hard. Fast. Nasty. Fantastic.

If you like a little lyricism to your hardboiled noir, this short novel can't be missed. I enjoyed it immensely.
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Benoit Lelièvre
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
FIERCE BITCHES reads like its the haunted graveyard of Jedidiah Ayres' mind. I wouldn't have expected a writer renowned for his twisted sense of humor to stare in the devil's eyes with such unflinching courage. FIERCE BITCHES both challenge the standard in the content, mixing dreamlike horror with pure noir moments and in the form, alternating point of views and sometimes digging into stuff you've rarely seen before (second person singular narration).

It's Cormac McCarhty on bath salts, mixed wit
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Martin Stanley
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read this when it first came out and loved it. A second reading has simply deepened my love of Jedidiah Ayres' strange and beautiful noir novella. The command of language is wonderful, the storytelling is epic (despite its brevity), and the whole thing has more ambition and density than many writers manage over the course of their entire careers. Love it. ...more
Clayton Lindemuth
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Quite amazing. Never read noir like this... laid back, savage, takes you through a wasteland of harsh surprises. You might want to pick it up just for the very appropriate and brave use of second person for a portion of the story. Never have seen it done as effectively. I heartily recommend the book.
Jordan Harper
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A novella with true ambition, Fierce Bitches manages gorgeous prose, experiments with form (a refreshing take on the often stodgy crime fiction genre) and still tells a compelling story. Jed's burning heavy fuel these days. You should check it out. ...more
Chris
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"That man is evil you ain't even dreamed up yet, his eyes and ears reach all the way into your mama's snatch to hear your thoughts before you're born." ...more
Rory Costello
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jed Ayres wields bludgeon and scalpel with equal grace. Yes, this story is grisly as all hell...but it has an odd beauty too, and Ayres has great command over language.
L'atelier de Litote
Un livre petit par la taille mais cela n’enlève rien à sa qualité et que j’ai dévoré en une après-midi. L’auteur parvient pourtant à nous transporter dans les contrées désertiques du Mexique, dans un no mans land brulant où se trouve la bourgade de Politoville spécialement créer par le truand local du même nom pour accueillir les « gringos » américains qui doivent quitter les Etats-Unis fuyant la justice, ces criminels ne comprennent que trop tard dans quel piège ils se sont tombés. Pour tromper ...more
Caroline
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jedidiah-ayres
« Il s'assit à ses côtés, l'enlaça. Elle accepta de s’incliner contre sa poitrine, mais ses bras demeurèrent cramponnés autour des genoux. Il posa sa bouche et son nez contre ses cheveux, il inspira profondément. La puanteur était atroce mais il continua à respirer, comme s’il pouvait, d’une certaine manière, purifier l’espace autour d’elle, effacer la pollution, et lui rendre sa véritable odeur, intacte et brillante ainsi qu’au premier jour. »

Bienvenue dans l’antichambre d’Hadès. Une épopée eff
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Joseph Hirsch
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every crime writer worth his or her salt eventually has to turn their talent south toward Mexico, and in this short volume (which packs more wallop than most lengthy novels) Ayres puts his indelible stamp on that great southern inferno.

The book (maybe a novella?) consists of three loosely interrelated vignettes that center on the life of a small Mexican town run by a mid-level Narco/pimp/all-around facilitator, who is orbited by a large number of "Marias" (the local nickname for whores). The man
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Stuart
Jed manages to cram a lot of blood, grime and tears into so short a book--the narrative is a powerful tale of individual and systemic exploitation followed by individual and systemic revenge.

Jed's a master of his craft and he knows exactly what he's doing with Fierce Bitches: Be thankful it's short--if it was longer it would destroy you.
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Flint Boettcher
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a very dark, violent book in the noir genre, which despite the introduction by the author, does indeed have a twisted, unique redemptive quality. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in somewhat experimental fiction. Way more accessible than "naked Lunch", the setting is still reminiscent of the Interzone. Fine work. ...more
Gordon
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Quick and dirty. Ayres’s disturbed fans will find comfort here, and it’ll disturb the comfortable, as the best fiction does. Even this hardened reader cringed at its most depraved passages, while grinning at others. The POV shifts took me by surprise, adding depth even to the lowest of lowlifes within. Fierce, indeed.
Chris Rhatigan
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Superb modern noir, set in the hell of a drug kingpin's dumping ground south of the border. What really impressed me about this one is how Ayres managed to weave together storylines that at first seemed disconnected. The writing is also sharp and poetic. I read this in one sitting and felt like I needed a shower after.

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Hosho
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tight, terse revenge tale, one not for the squeamish! But, with a title like Fierce Bitches, you weren't expecting anything less, right? Right. I'd certainly recommend the book for Noir fans, and will look at getting myself another Ayres title. ...more
Leah Angstman
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Full review coming soon to alt-current.blogspot.com. Will update when available. ...more
S. M. S
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Becoming the wrath of God came with a price"
To completely oversimplify: James Sallis by way of Cormac McCarthy.
Terse. Hypnotic. Brutal. Beautiful. Powerful.
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Tina
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, top-20-books
Brilliant.....you get thrown right in....no mucking around....fantastic language....you are absorbed...my first introduction into noir fiction and i think i might have a liking for it.
eric
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5
Gary
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
A short, violent, awesome story.
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