A nameless man with nothing left to lose travels across America in a violent downward spiral in a novel that “coils and tightens like a spring” (Brian Evenson, author of Last Days).
Alone except for his beloved bulldog, a former crime writer who’s failed at his career, his marriage, and his own simple hopes makes his way across America, contemplating his own bitter past along the way. Heading home to his distant brother, he witnesses tragedies and crimes—things bad enough to bring out the killer in him. Slowly but surely, he finds himself transforming into the kind of man he used to only write about.
Full of realism and grit, Every Shallow Cut burrows deep into the darkness of America to give voice to the fears most of us never speak aloud: the terror of loss, the overwhelming dread of failure, the desperate push towards crime, the horror of missed-out, mediocre dreams. And the all-too-average explosive rage.