The Regulator welcomes Durham author and filmmaker Eryk Pruitt in conversation with author Katy Munger, creator of the Dead Detective series, for the launch of Pruitt’s Southern fiction crime thriller, What We Reckon.
Meet Jack Jordan, a smooth-talking con artist. He’s snuck into Lufkin, Texas, in the dead of night with little more than a beat-up Honda, a hollowed-out King James Bible full of cocaine, and enough emotional baggage to sink a steam ship. His partner-in-crime, Summer Ashton, has stuck by him through thick and thin, but lately she’s been hearing voices. Unfortunately for both of them, she’s the brains of the operation. For these two career grifters, the sleepy East Texas countryside is but another pit stop on their rampage across the American South. Will it be their last?
"What We Reckon is the insane love child of James Cain and Jim Thompson, a modern piece of folk lore covered in gasoline and set on fire. This baby rocks like a motel bed during a cheap
Eryk Pruitt is a screenwriter, author and filmmaker living in Durham with his wife Lana and cat Busey. His short films FOODIE and LIYANA, ON COMMAND have won several awards at film festivals across the US. His short fiction appears in The Avalon Literary Review, Pulp Modern, Thuglit, and Great Jones Street, to name a few. In 2015, he was a finalist for the Derringer Award for his short story "Knockout.". His novels Dirtbags and Hashtag are being re-released by Polis Books this summer, in anticipation of his third novel, What We Reckon, due in October 2017. He is the host of the Noir at the Bar series in Durham. A full list of credits can be found at erykpruitt.com.
Katy Munger is a crime fiction writer with fifteen published mysteries to her credit, including the Casey Jones series, Hubbert & Lil, and the Dead Detective series. She also writes under the pen names Gallagher Gary and Chaz McGee.