Bob can’t believe his luck. Why a woman like Ellie would be interested in a man like him he doesn’t know and he doesn’t care. Neither does he worry what the deal is between her and Vinny. For sure Vinny scares the hell out of him but Ellie only works for Vinny and Bob just wants a good time, and the thing he has for Ellie, well it’s nothing serious.
Bob works hard and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t let off a little steam. His wife and kids will never know and his friends will turn a blind eye. His behaviour may be bad but it's not as if anyone’s going to get hurt.
But soon Bob finds that he has more to worry about than just Vinny. There’s also Benny, and Jimmy’s just back from a five stretch inside. Then there’s the cop Murray who seems to take things a little too personally, and there’s his pal Joe who’s taking the moral high ground.
Before he knows it Bob’s in so deep he can’t see a way out. At least not until Vinny shows him one. Bob reckons that he owes his boss Dirkze nothing and that maybe Vinny’s plan can solve all of their problems. Maybe. Or maybe it’s just the start of them.
With Simple Acts of Kindness Richard Todd delivers a gritty urban noir that’s as twisted as it is addictive and original.
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About the Author
Richard Todd was born in the Swinging Sixties. The apple never falls far from the tree: fifty years on he lives fifteen miles from the spot of his birth. Along the way he has failed to become a landscape architect but succeeded in graduating in Philosophy and English.
To pay for sins in past lives, he works as a lawyer by day to pay the bills. By night he plays the guitar and writes as best he can.
Provided by his father with wildly inappropriate hard-boiled fiction to read as a child in the place of children’s books, the seed was sown to seek to tell tales of losers, drunks and killers.
This is his first effort to have one of those tales published.