Payback is Forever by Nick Kolakowski
Trade Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: Shotgun Honey Books (March 24, 2022)
While the shootout paused so everybody could reload, Miller wondered whether the clown was still alive.
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
Miller is a successful thief and a not so successful gambler. This causes him to take a job with a couple of crooks he doesn’t know. The job goes sideways, the mooks attempt to double cross Miller, and several civilians are killed. Not all is lost since Miller gets away with the loot.
Now Miller’s on the run. When he’s offered a job to provide protection for a “simple” transaction, Miller knows there’s no such thing as simple in his line of work. But the money is too good to pass. Miller needs the payoff to get away and lay low. Of course nothing is as it seems (boy, it that true!) and Miller is going to learn that Payback is Forever.
Kolakowski has created a great throwback to the Gold Medal paperbacks my grandpa and I used to read. I blazed through it, enjoying every page. Payback is Forever is full of interesting characters – crooked crooks, midget hitmen, a ventriloquist with a wise-ass dummy, a sexy love interest and more.
Payback is Forever rates 4 of 5 stars. If this sounds like something you’d dig, what are you waiting for?