hugs, Con-Men, Pigs and More by g emil reutter is still available from Red Dashboard Press.
.h“There are few neatly wrapped endings in Thugs. The reader meets men and women who are, for the most part, living lives of quiet desperation, some seem perfectly at home in the depths while others are trying to claw their way out. A lazy reader accustomed to knowing which are the “good guys” and which are the bad will likely be frustrated. Every character is a little of each—and that is what gives these stories their momentum and emotional punch.” – The Levittown Leader, December 13, 2014
“Reutter is so adept at feigning lack of literary style that you get swept up in a sense of pulpy authenticity.” – Matthew Kirshman
“Great collection of short stories. Reutter sheds his unique outlook through the characters he brings to life in these tales which range from grim to heartwarming. Excellent read; couldn’t put it down.” – George Wylesol
“Reading these short, muscular stories by G Emil Reutter is like walking into the lives of good people who experience bad things. When trouble comes, these people do the best they can, but often it isn’t enough. Violence and heartbreak are just around the corner, and most of the stories end with a twist—perhaps the twist of a knife. As you keep reading, though, you find the humanity, community and even love in each difficult situation.”
—Thaddeus Rutkowski, author of Haywire, Tetched and Roughhouse
“These are stories that knock you back with short powerful jabs of empathy.”
– Stephen Page – The Type and Byte Review