Author John Buttner’s New Book “Scumbags” Is a Spellbinding Drama Charting the Slide of Four Childhood Friends Into a Life of Crime that Threatens to Destroy Them All

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Recent release “Scumbags” from Page Publishing author John Buttner is a gritty tale of four friends whose life trajectories seemed destined for unlawful pursuits. When a carjacking goes terribly awry and they lose a key member of their crew, the remaining three pursue ever more serious activities that threaten their freedom and, ultimately, their lives.

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John Buttner, a Pennsylvania native, recording artist, entertainer, and sports fan with a lifelong passion for music, has published his latest book “Scumbags”: a gripping and potent crime drama that keeps the pages turning until the poignant conclusion.

“Scumbags” is a crime thriller and drama with an underlying romantic subplot about four teenagers in a small working-class city where only the strongest, smartest, and sometimes dirtiest survive. Two of the four boys are brothers, while all four of them have suffered less-than-ideal circumstances on the home front. The four Scumbags, as they come to be called, do any and everything necessary to survive.

One night, the four lifelong friends attempt to carjack a drunken stranger to help advance their small-time marijuana business. When the stranger decides to try his luck, he is accidentally shot. The boys flee in the stolen car but end up in a terrible car accident, where the driver, who happened to have planned the crime himself, ends up stuck in the wreckage. He tells the others to run and to save themselves, as the police sirens in the distance are rapidly approaching. They reluctantly do as he wishes and leave him to the police. He is sentenced to four years for aggravated assault and grand theft auto.

In his absence, the remaining Scumbags take their criminal activities to the next level, swapping out their marijuana for heroin. They also involve themselves in a kidnapping and extortion ring, where they target rich and powerful men with dirty and dark secrets. They use the secrets, along with the kidnapping of their target’s child or children, to extort large sums of money and make sure they stay silent.

Once their fourth member is released at the age of eighteen, he is quickly thrown into the fire with both of their new business dealings. They pick a rich and powerful man for their last target. By then, they’ll have earned enough money to gracefully bow out of the streets for good and turn to legitimate ways of earning income. Their target has other plans than to concede to them and has his men prepare for war, while the leader of the Scumbags unwillingly falls in love with their target’s daughter, who happens to be their hostage. The two form a bond that is undeniable and causes them to question everything they know about themselves.

The drama reaches its boiling point during the hostage and money exchanges when an old jailhouse beef resurfaces and causes the death toll to quickly rise. In the end, there are only two survivors. The two young lovebirds must quickly decide what they will choose to do with their suddenly at-risk lives. Do they part ways and listen to their brains, or do they run off together, following their hearts to wherever that may take them?

Published by Page Publishing, John Buttner’s engrossing book is a thrilling drama with it all: crime, murder, love, and, ultimately, salvation.
Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Scumbags” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing:
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