Revolving around a nameless writer who has recently lost his home to foreclosure and his wife to infidelity and divorce, it’s a story about desperation. “…I remembered that I was a man with nothing left to lose who wrote stories about men with nothing left who did ungodly acts of violence against each other.”
With just a beat-up car, a bulldog named Churchill, and an illegally purchased handgun, the nameless novelist – with nowhere else to go – sets out from Denver on a cross-country journey to his estranged brother’s home in Long Island. Traveling through a surreal, apocalyptic landscape of deserted towns and areas beleaguered by biblical floods, the gun-toting narrator eventually makes it back to his hometown in New York and comes face-to-face with numerous past failures – his first love, his unstable relationship with his older brother, etc.
“It’s a real page-turner, thoughtful, insightful. There’s a poignancy to it that’s lacking in your other novels. You’re writing from the marrow. I can feel every shallow cut you’ve ever suffered in it, all of them still bleeding, tearing wider and becoming deeper.”
But as the narrator moves closer to the edge, to his seemingly inevitable bloody end, even his “divine cathartic expulsion” loses meaning…
• “My eyes were so black they looked like they’d been gouged out with an ice pick.”
• “I’d thought I’d put down some deep roots over the last ten years but they’d all been tugged up like a handful of dying weeds.”
• “His eyes burned like twin lakes of flaming gasoline.”
This powerful little noirella will surely delight – and disturb.
Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. In his free time, he reads.
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