An excerpt from Brian Reid’s forthcoming second novel, “Madonna and Buddy Holly Get Married,” has been published by Nailed as “Hank and the Midnighters.”

“This ain’t one of them stories where the hero ends up damaged, lost, or broken. Everything works out in the end, more or less. So if you’re looking for a good cry, or want to finish a book so you can gaze into the fireplace, philosophizing over the inhumanity of man, best clear on out – this ain’t your kind of ride.”