...is hard. Seriously hard. He grew up and still lives in (I think) a place most of us would not want to drive through even at 100mph.
And he is one of the most decent people you could meet. This link is him reading the first chapter of a novella he recently completed.
It may be that he's not the greatest writer in the world, but there's an authenticity you can't argue with (and if you did he'd come round to your place and punch you into next Tuesday - well he would, if he wasn't such a nice bloke).
I had the honour of reading some of his early work a few years back and advising him, though I hadn't seen this and in a way I'm glad, because it was fresh.
What's on the turntable? Pete's story