Stephen Kenneth Figler

Going the Distance: College Athlete's Guide to Excellence on the Field and in the Classroom


contact: skfigler@gmail.com

Bad Guys

It's midtown Manhattan mostly and two long-time rival gangs---both mixed Italian and Jewish---are trying to stretch their territory, because everyone knows, if you don't grow, you die. Some guys are happy in the life, one wants out, one wants in. And then there are a couple of grandmothers who square off. And a daughter who needs her Pop to explain what he does. And a newly minted accountant who just wants to be an accountant but unfortunately was born into "the family." Fate plays large in these stories, but some of the Bad Guys fight it. The tales are Runyanesque and Westlake-esque, along with some straight dramatic stories.

Selected Works

Short Story Collection
Bad Guys
The characters are hard boiled, but sometimes soft in the noggin and not especially "wise" guys. They are not especially successful at crime and tend to be a bit twisted, but in an entertaining way. Sure there's some murder and mayhem, but these fellas, and their women (including grandmothers) go about life and death in a manner that leads you to like them.
Historical Fiction
Hangtown (finished novel manuscript)
In a California Gold Rush town, five people determine who will get hanged and for what reason, while an 18-year-old boy journeys to Hangtown leaving a trail of bodies.
Contemporary Fiction
Max in Repose (finished novel manuscript)
The three wives of Max must live together for a year to share in his estate
Murder Mystery, with some laughs
Altadena's Demise
Small-town cop Aza Kvetchmore and his beloved find the Camelot Town Council guilty of murder.
Political Satire
Swine at Sea (political satire--in progress)
Rrrandy Wurst, autodidact hog, takes on the Neocon pseudo-pigs of the Corporatocracy
Thriller Fiction
Moira Rules (thriller-in-progress)
Zack Jacobsen, having fulfiiled his final murder contract in Portugal, wants to get home to live out his days selling Infiniti's, but someone conspires against him.

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