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 Speedos, Tattoos, and Felons  is a novella in three short stories that serve as a prequel to author Gary V. Powell's novel Lucky Bastard.

Here's what readers are saying:

"Gary V. Powell writes straight-forward realistic plot, characters and settings. He's not afraid to show us his own vulnerability as a writer, and thus imparts this same vulnerability onto the characters he creates. In this compact chapbook of stories, his characters live on the page. 'Felony Motel' is a particularly touching story. Powell writes: "Once she calmed Lindy down, I asked Jewel if she'd had a hard day, maybe encountered a breakdown or a missed connection. She refused to look me in the eye and said she'd missed her return bus. Then she went on to say that sometimes life just got so hard she couldn't stand it." This is very fine writing that plumbs the depths of the human heart in a way that is fairly unusual in today's prose market. I was impressed by the quality and tenor of these stories which touched me on a human level." Susan Tepper, The Merrill Diaries.

"I read Gary V. Powell's novel, Lucky Bastard, before I read this novella-in-stories, and I must say Speedos, Tattoos, and Felons was like a nostalgic trip back home. I loved Jimmy McLean and Harley in the novel, and reading the novella gave me some great backstory on both characters. It's always better if the reader can figure out what motivates a character to do a certain thing or be a certain way. "Speedos" does that for a couple of regular guys who never had life easy and don't expect it to be different anytime soon.Both characters are rough around the edges, and I wouldn't want them any other way. A well written and interesting look at life's little nuances. Guaranteed to satisfy." Bob Strother, Scattered, Smothered, and Covered.

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