By (author): Brian G Burns
Part Faustus, part Jekyll & Hyde, reimagined through psychedelics, full of intrigue and mystery, and anchored in the grit of modern urban realism, One Night, Two Liars is a powerful and sometimes shocking debut novel.
Confused and angry, hungover and a little bloodied, a man calling himself Bill stumbles into a second-hand shop, strangely drawn by an old trunk. Inside, he meets enigmatic shop-owner Jack, who, after some resistance from Bill, plies him with a powerful mind-altering drink.
Over the course of a long night, fuelled by the psychedelic drink, the two strangers swap stories. Bill tells of failed relationships, an abusive father and petty crime, before revealing a dark secret. Jack tells the tale of a young man he once knew called Jon – disturbed, filled with rage and desperate for a new life.
As their shared trip continues, names, places and memories overlap, and each story reaches its disturbing conclusion. But what is to be believed and what not, in a multi-layered narrative that blurs the boundaries of altered perceptions, psychosis and a possible alternate reality?
One Night, Two Liars
A work of unsettling psychological fiction