Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Some people are just not intended to think for themselves. Oh, the mischief that ensues when they try.
Eryk Pruitt’s novel Dirtbags is both an experiment in terror and hilarity, made all the more so by the plausibility of the story. The characters seem more that believable – you’ve met these fuckers – at work, in a bar room, shit – you may be related to some of them.
Do yourself a favor. Drop everything else and read this book. You’ll only want to read everything else this guy’s written. I know I do.
Skull Meat is a wild ride – a man on a mission tale that you can’t put down. I read this in one sitting.
Mister Leins doesn’t go in for over long descriptions. Instead, he puts you right there with his protagonist with deft touches.
This book is great fun. Get it!
Where The Sun Shines Out is Kevin Catalano’s debut novel, a story of a child’s abduction, murder and a brother’s survivor guilt. I won’t give away any more than that. Trust me, this book satisfies.
Mister Catalano’s writing is expert and lush. Here, he has given us more than a thriller. His novel has real depth.
Read this. I look forward to more from Mister Catalano and you will too.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
I’ve read and enjoyed Mister Cizak’s short stories. His collection Crooked Roads is impressive, and I’ve looked forward to his longer work. Down On The Street doesn’t disappoint.
Lester Banks is barely breaking even, working long hours driving a cab, abused by his employer, passengers, the world itself. He’s not enjoying much in his life.
An unlikely hook-up with an attractive neighbor gets Lester thinking about a way out of his rut. It works, for a while.
Mister Cizak’s writing is lean and to the point. He gives the reader a story without any fluff or filler.
You can’t go wrong with this guy.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Silent City is the first book in Alex Segura’s Pete Fernandez series, and it’s a fine opener. Early in the story, Fernandez, a sports writer for the Miami Times, is in a tailspin – missing deadlines, drinking too much, disappointing his friends and himself. Close to being fired, he’s approached by an acquaintance and asked to locate the man’s missing daughter.
Mister Segura’s writing is lush, but always clear – you feel you are there in the newsroom, the bars, and the streets of Miami as Fernandez alternately stumbles and recovers, trying first to hold onto his life and then to reinvent himself, all while searching for the missing woman.
I look forward to the rest of this series and more from Alex Segura.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
My mother believed that high school graduations were sad occasions. “For a lot of kids, those were the worst years of their lives, and for a few others,” she’d say, “those were the best.”
This book is about the former. Broadly, what it’s like to be obsessed by an artist, in this case a motion picture director; how easily we misunderstand people, especially our friends; and how horrible it can be to be a teenager in high school.
It’s also about a son desperate to forge a connection with his father.
I have long been a fan of Mister Prentiss. This latest effort does not disappoint. As always, his writing is elegant. He is capable of absolute emotional truth without a gram of sentimentality.
Get this book.
Disclaimer: I gladly received an advanced review copy of this book.