Skid Row has been on his own since the age of fourteen. He’s able to get by well enough, but thinks he’d like something more out of life than an occasional toke, his dead end job and a rented room at the Y. Bullfrog came from a very different upbringing. He had loving parents and all the benefits of the upper middle class. Then, his world was turned tragically upside-down. He lost nearly everything that had any importance to him and became a drifter–disillusioned and without any real direction. He and Skid Row cross paths, and a disastrous first meeting gradually develops into an unlikely friendship.
Together, Skid Row and Bullfrog hatch a perilous scheme that one of them believes could be the answer to all their problems. Instead, being homeless and unemployed is suddenly the least of their worries when they end up at odds with Ricky Fixx and Carl, a low-level crime boss and his muscle bound partner.
Parlor City Paradise is set in Binghamton, New York, a once affluent area that fell on some seriously hard times and was recently listed among the top five most depressing places in America. Reminiscent of the widely popular Carl Hiaasen series, suspense author Michael Sova takes seedy characters and even seedier situations and gives them a clever, often humorous and always entertaining twist.
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