It is an evening of music and madness, of resentments and ambitions and cheap bar fights.
Or is it?
In Trey R. Barker’s tour-de-force new novella Hostage, Barker recasts his penchant for the shadows and grit of back alley noir. He tells us to not trust what we think we see and let him lead the dance because he not only knows the music…he knows when it will stop.
In an abandoned warehouse, a handful of people will come to understand what was hiding in the music and the shadows. They will also learn why their wants and desires are always both to have and have not. The ambitious, the lazy, the vengeful, the fat and happy, will all take their turn looking into the abyss and measuring it against the weight and breadth of their souls.
Some will be found lacking….
Barker’s Hostage is brilliant, a re-imagining of noir, an elastic structure that will spin your head and make you question what you’ve just read.