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“The trouble with people is they don’t understand people.” 

― David Goodis

Once upon a time Eddie played concert piano to reverent audiences at Carnegie Hall. Now he bangs out honkytonk for drunks in a dive in Philadelphia. But then two people walk into Eddie’s life—the first promising Eddie a future, the other dragging him back into a treacherous past. Shoot the Piano Player is a bittersweet and nerve-racking exploration of different kinds of loyalty: the kind a man owes his family, no matter how bad that family is; the kind a man owes a woman; and, ultimately, the loyalty he owes himself. The result is a moody thriller that, like the best hard-boiled fiction, carries a moral depth charge.

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