Book Release: Payback Is Forever by Nick Kolakowski

We a please to announce the release of “Payback Is Forever” by Nick Kolakowski. A throwback pulp novel in the vein of Donald Westlake’s Parker with the unique origin as an experiment in AI and seeing what a career’s worth of writing could produce when fed into an algorithm with certain prompts and parameters. The result was the foundation of “Payback Is Forever” and after several edits we may never know where the AI begins and Kolakowski ends.

What to Expect inside…

Miller thought it was the perfect heist: Five minutes to hit the cash room of an amusement park, then another two minutes to the getaway car, then gone. As a professional thief, he’d done jobs like that dozens of times. But Miller’s partners had other ideas. When things go bad and bloody, Miller is forced to flee back to familiar territory: New York City’s West Village, where even the target of a nationwide manhunt can hide out amidst the freaks.

But Miller’s refuge might prove even more dangerous. Approached by an old friend about a shady protection job, Miller finds himself thrown into a bizarre world of pint-sized gangsters, aging war criminals, and shady government agents… all of whom are pursuing a prize beyond imagination.

Some good words from good authors…

“Like a demented fun-house mirror version of a Richard Stark novel, Kolakowski deconstructs hoary crime cliches with the sort of panache you don’t want to miss. Our tour guide, Miller, is cut from the tough-guy mold, but twisted so askew by the end of the book, he’s carved out his own niche.”
—Brian Asman, author of Man, Fuck This House

“With PAYBACK IS FOREVER, Nick Kolakowski has crafted a quick, clever story that feels both classic and fresh. This one hits the ground running and never lets up. Highly recommend.”
Steve Weddle, author Country Hardball

About the Author

Nick Kolakowski’s writing has appeared in Shotgun Honey, McSweeney’s Internet TendencyThuglitThe North American ReviewSpinetingler MagazinePlots with Guns, and various anthologies. He lives and writes in New York City.

Visit his website at


Nestled in the foothills of West Virginia, Ron Earl Phillips lives with his wife, a daughter, a German Shepherd, and one too many cats.