Maxim Jakubowski's Book of the Month.
Finally available in the UK, the first (and so far only) novel by the screenwriter of the quirky TV hit True Detective, this is truly a stunner. Roy Cady is a bad man dying of cancer and when a job goes badly wrong which he barely survives, he spares the life of a young prostitute who was a witness to the carnage and goes on the run with her, and later her child masqurading as her sister, down bleak highways and roads through the wild territories of the American south. This is just a prelude to a tale of lost souls fighting not just their personal demons but the pursuit of deadly thugs on a trail of vengeance. Noir writing with a strange sense of poetry and writing of the highest literary order where every page offers unforgettable lines and characters that will seep into your soul, imperfect creatures you end up loving (and mourning). A novel of noir beauty and a revelation.
From the creator of the hit HBO series True Detective comes a powerful, gleaming-dark thriller rich with Southern atmosphere. Roy Cady is by his own admission 'a bad man'. With a snow flurry of cancer in his lungs and no one to live for, he's a walking time-bomb of violence. Following a fling with his boss's lover, he's sent on a routine assignment he knows is a death trap. Yet after a smoking spasm of violence, Roy's would-be killers are mostly dead and he is mostly alive. Before Roy makes his getaway, he finds a beaten-up woman in the apartment, and sees something in her frightened, defiant eyes that causes a crucial decision. He takes her with him on the run from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas, permanently entwining their fate along a highway of seedy bars and fleabag hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pick-up trucks, and ashed-out hopes, with death just a car-length behind.
'An often incandescent fever dream of low-rent, unbearable beauty ... Galveston, in its authenticity and fearless humanism, recalls only the finest examples of the form -- Dennis Lehane The New York Times
'Galveston is an assured debut full of hard truths, a throwback novel that ends up shouldering the noir genre forward Chuck Hogan A carefully crafted work shrouded in dark Southern landscapes' Time Out Chicago
Publication date: 27/03/2014
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||27th March 2014|
|Publisher:||Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Nic Pizzolatto is the creator of the hit HBO series True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, for which he is creator, executive producer, and sole writer. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The Oxford American, The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, Best American Mystery Stories and several other publications. His work has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award, and his story collection Between Here and the Yellow Sea was named by Poets & Writer's Magazine as one of the top five fiction debuts of the year. His first novel, Galveston, was a finalist for the ...More About Nic Pizzolatto