It is Christmas Eve in Wichita, Kansas and snowing steadily. The streets are deserted and most people have returned home for the festivities. But Charlie Arglist has to get out of town, and fast. This novel is a rollercoaster ride of black humour, and possibly, the last 24 hours in Charlie's life.
Scott Phillips is the national bestselling author of The Walkaway and The Ice Harvest, which was a finalist for the Hammett Prize, the Edgar Award, and the Anthony Award, and has recently been made into a film Starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton. In the UK he has been short-listed for the CWA John Creasey Award and the Macallan Dagger Award for best crime debut. His latest novel, Cottonwood, was published by Picador in 2004. He lives in southern California with his wife and young daughter.