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Dan is a con man and a drifter just looking for a ride east. A strange woman in a business suit picks him up on the highway, and soon theyre going 70-miles-an-hour and shes got a gun pointed at his head. Instead of shooting him, she hits him with a proposition to make some fast money. Against his better judgment, Dan sneaks into her office and steals the key to a safe ...more
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Published May 18th 2018 by All Due Respect Books
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Dave
"The hitchhiker stood by the side of the road and leveled his thumb in the calm calculus of reason." - J. Morrison. Sunk Costs is Preston Lang's latest foray into the world of crime fiction. Like a classic pulp tale (but reset in a modern office park), the protagonist here (Dan) is just an ordinary hitchhiker minding his own business, hitching a ride outta town. But, as fate would have it, he picked the wrong car for a quiet journey. Between bizarro questions about manhole covers, guns pointed ...more
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Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Dan is a con man and a drifter just looking for a ride east. A strange woman in a business suit picks him up on the highway, and soon theyre going 70-miles-an-hour and shes got a gun pointed at his head. Instead of shooting him, she hits him with a proposition to make some fast money. Against his better judgment, Dan sneaks into her office and steals the key to a safe deposit box. He thinks hes made a clean getaway until hes stopped on the way out by Kate, a sultry accountant
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A.B. Patterson
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've become a huge fan of Preston Lang's work - he consistently delivers superb hard-boiled and noir crime fiction. And this latest release is no exception.
Sunk Costs sees Dan, a wandering con man, getting picked up hitchhiking by a female driver. To quote: "...all Dan's instincts told him she was dangerous". Yeah, always good to listen to those gut feelings, but then we wouldn't have had the great story that follows. No spoilers here, but hapless Dan, on the quest for cash like all con men,
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Scott Cumming
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've said it before, but Preston Lang is definitely a firm favourite of mine. His stories and novels are always inventive and entertaining with simmering plots that build up subtly around you. In "Sunk Costs", he does much the same and returns to the world of con artists, liars and thieves similar to his first novel "The Blind Rooster".

Dan, a drifter of Asian-American descent, is picked up and held at gunpoint by a woman looking for help with a con. Dan just has to dress as a bagel delivery guy
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Ross Cumming
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was my son who recommended Preston Lang's work to me and I've basically read two of his novels in two days while sitting in the sun on holiday. I read The Sin Tax first and then straight on to Sunk Costs which I didn't enjoy quite as much but its still an excellent read.
Dan is hitchhiking when he is picked up by a lone woman, Heller, who sticks a gun in his face and offers him $8,000 dollars to help her pull off a scam at a company where she previously was employed. However Dan gets rumbled
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Rory Costello
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Noir" is a label that's become rather blurry. But if you read this story, it really is like the old black & white flicks such as "Detour," only with a modern setting and trappings. I've enjoyed other works by Preston Lang a good deal, notably "The Sin Tax" -- and this one is up to that standard.
Todd Morr
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great old school noir. If you're looking for a Jim Thompson style page turner brought into the modern age this one delivers. Sunk Costs jumps right into the action and keeps it moving as small-time grifter Dan finds himself among bad girls, worse girls, bad guys and worse guys maneuvering to get their hands on some ill-gotten cash.
Lawrence Maddox
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A hitchhiker is recruited by one scheming accountant, then another, in a race to track down hundreds of thousand dollars stolen from the firm they work for. It's dialogue driven and the twists keep coming. Often funny and always riveting. Highly recommended.
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Preston Lang is a writer from New York. His work has appeared in Thuglit, Spnetingler, Out of the Gutter, and WebMD. He has written three novels to date.

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