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Three criminals on the run, not just from the law but from other criminals. Two of them are lovers, the third her former lover. Where does love lie, except in the grave?

Deria is the psychotic woman who prefers to work with a guy who’s good in bed. Vern is her violent ex, who let her go because he thought she lived too dangerously. Russ is the new guy—new to Deria, new to whatever hell he’s gotten himself into.

Can they keep the money from the psychotics who want it?

Are they more psychotic?

Or will they break down from the acts they must commit?

If you liked Rob Pierce’s Vern in the Heat, you’re going to love SNAKE SLAYER. And if you didn’t read that one, strap in for the ride. It’s fast, it’s bloody, and it goes well beyond that, into the minds of those who commit the horrible crimes.


Rob Pierce recently spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing his latest thriller, SNAKE SLAYER:

Rob Pierce

Which took shape first: plot, character, or setting?

Character. Always character.

What attracts you to this book’s genre?

The rapid pace. The story always has to build. Or devolve.

No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?

The protagonist is an exceedingly violent woman, and she can handle a pistol.

What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?

Chester Himes, for how he wrote action scenes. George V. Higgins, for dialogue. Dashiell Hammett, for morality, however disguised.



Rob Pierce wrote the forthcoming novella SNAKE SLAYER (2022, Down & Out Books), the novels Blood by Choice, Tommy Shakes, Uncle Dust, and With the Right Enemies, the novella Vern in the Heat, and the short story collection The Things I Love Will Kill Me Yet. All books are available at, as well as via the usual slumlords. He is equally comfortable taking romantic walks on the beach or dumping the body elsewhere.