28 May
Scribner/a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. First Scribner hardcover edition 258 pages Crime noir - suspense

Scribner/a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
First Scribner hardcover edition 258 pages
Crime noir – suspense

” I shot up in bed, breath trapped. Police lights flashed outside the curtains, red and blue strobing the room. The lights were silent but I was deafened by the pulse booming through my ears.” (page 126 first paragraph)

Dennis Lehane, writer for The New York Times describes Pizzolatto’s crime noir as “….. filled with so much drop-dead gorgeous writing that I felt authentic envy while reading it.”

This is the kind of storytelling that just effortlessly glides along without help. Actually, I only read the first page – because after that, I wasn’t even in the room anymore, and I certainly wasn‘t reading. I was in 1987 Louisiana. Roy just killed, more like executed, a couple of goombas who underestimated him.

“I found the address Stan had given me, a sinkhole apartment building next to a line of warehouses: pale, graffitied brick, high weeds and crabgrass blending into the vacant lot next door. Clunkers in the parking lot, that air of oil and hot garbage that circles New Orleans.”   (page 10 second paragraph)

All the characters are alive; all the emotions are raw; and, there is nothing that feels ‘wrong’. To hide from the mob after he shoots some of them, Roy Cady and an unlikely companion escape to Galveston. This is the story of that exodus.


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