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Eight stories of dark science fiction and fantasy weave a path through the underbelly of San Francisco’s most notorious district in Taste of Tenderloin by Gene O’Neill. Best known for his strong sense of place and uniquely vibrant characters, O’Neill brings the gritty underside of the city to life with eight interwoven stories of broken lives, missed dreams, and all that can go wrong with both reality and fantasy among the down and out. The city itself opens wide to swallow all comers with the temptation of its secrets and sins, while O’Neill brings dignity and humanity to a set of characters often overlooked in both society and fiction.
“Gene O’Neill has done it yet again. He’s taken the sad, nearly hopeless life of an average joe named Nathan McKee and given him an incredible gift—the ability to render himself invisible—and the free will to decide what to do with it.
Readers of Not Fade Away will devour O’Neill’s unique spin on the Invisible Man theme, but unlike H.G. Wells’ classic tale of a well educated scientist whose experiments on himself have gone horribly wrong, O’Neill gives us a vastly more complex struggle of a poor man down on his luck who only discovers his ability to become invisible after a severe beating at the hands of some ruthless street thugs. McKee will have some tough choices to make; whether to use his remarkable ability for personal profit, for revenge, or for the betterment of his fellow man and the decisions he makes will either set him on the path toward redemption or the road to ruin. McKee reflects what is best and worst in all of us and Not Fade Away is a powerful novel that will…[more]