Friday, May 5, 2017

Resurrection Mall and the Depth Charge

Dana King is here today for Drinks with Reads matching his new book, Resurrection Mall with not one, but two perfect drinks...

RESURRECTION MALL is the third book in my Penns River series. In GRIND JOINT the town had to deal with the challenges of a low-roller casino opening in an old mall. Now what seems like it should be a popular way to deal with the shell of another abandoned shopping center—a mall that caters to religiously-themed stores and includes a studio/chapel for a local televangelist—brings problems of its own due to its location at the center of the town’s drug trade.

Today’s drink(s): Boilermakers and their close cousin, The Depth Charge.

An old mill town like Penns River isn’t a mixed drink kind of place. Here men drink in bars, not lounges, and they drink beer. Or shots of whiskey. Once in while whiskey and water or ginger ale or club soda, but those are for guys who either have stomach trouble or are coming off a few rough nights and decided to take it easy. The closest most come to mixing ingredients is to order a shot with a beer chaser, or a “bump and a beer” in the common parlance.

Still, there are times when world events or a job or a wife or a dispositional trait call for more serious drinking in the form of boilermakers. A boilermaker is

Beer (preferably draft, preferably in a Pilsner glass)
A shot of whiskey (usually Calvert or Seagram’s, though any American brown whiskey will do)

Drink the head off the beer. (To make room.)
Pour in the whiskey.
(Usually) Repeat. (A man who’s drinking boilermakers is rarely one and done.)

Then are occasions when a boilermaker isn’t adequate. These are often celebrations—weddings or wakes—when a certain flourish is appropriate. The faint of heart retreat to the periphery of the room when the call for Depth Charges goes out.

A Depth Charge is

Beer (preferably draft, preferably in a Pilsner glass)
A shot of whiskey (usually Calvert or Seagram’s, though any American brown whiskey will do)

Sounds familiar so far, right? Read on.

Drink the head off the beer and then a little more. (To make room.)
Drop the full shot glass into the Pilsner glass.
Chug the result. (For those less acquainted with the fine art of drinking, to “chug” means to drink an entire glass—or can or bottle—of beer without coming up for air.)

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Resurrection Mall by Dana King (Down & Out Books; on-sale May 1st)

As if things aren’t bad enough in Penns River, development and funding of a new religious-themed mall grinds to a halt when heavily-armed assassins cut down five leaders of the town’s fledgling drug trade while eating lunch in the food court. The television minister behind the mall has associates not normally associated with a ministry, outside drug gangs may be muscling into town, and the local mob boss could have an angle of his own. The cops have this and all the usual local activity to contend with in a story that extends beyond the borders of Penns River.

About the author

Dana King owns two nominations for the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award, for A Small Sacrifice (2013) and again two years later for The Man in the Window. His novel Grind Joint was noted by Woody Haut in the L.A. Review of Books as one of the fifteen best noir reads of 2013. A short story, “Green Gables,” appeared in the anthology Blood, Guts, and Whiskey, edited by Todd Robinson. Other short fiction has appeared in Thuglit, Spinetingler, New Mystery Reader, A Twist of Noir, Mysterical-E, and Powder Burn Flash.

Dana lives in Maryland with The Beloved Spouse.

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