Nic Pizzolatto Galveston: A Novel

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Galveston: A Novel

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On the same day that Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he senses that his boss, a dangerous loan-sharking bar-owner, wants him dead. Roy is alert to the possibility that a routine assignment could be a deathtrap. Yet what the would-be killers do to Roy Cady is not the same as what he does to them, and after a smoking spasm of violence, they are mostly dead and he is mostly alive. Before Roy makes his getaway, he realizes there are two women in the apartment, one of them still breathing, and he sees something in her frightened, defiant eyes that causes a fateful decision. He takes her with him as he goes on the run from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas-an action as ill-advised as it is inescapable. The girl's name is Rocky, and she is too young, too tough, too sexy-and far too much trouble. Roy, Rocky, and her sister hide in the battered seascape of Galveston's country-western bars and seedy hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pickup trucks, and ashed-out hopes. Recalling the moody violence of the early novels of Cormac McCarthy and Denis Johnson, this powerful, potent, and atmospheric thriller is impossible to put down.

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Nic Pizzolatto has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award, and his story collection Between Here and the Yellow Sea was named by Poets & Writers Magazine one of the top five fiction debuts of the year.

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Michael Kramer narrates in a flat, remote tone, a clear decision on his part to emphasize the noirish tone of Pizzolatto's novel about a hard man who unexpectedly finds himself with altruistic feelings toward a troubled young woman. And certainly no one can fault Kramer for that choice--or with anything at all about his intelligent and nuanced performance. The question is really larger than the performance, and that is whether noir has reached the point of cliché. That, of course, is a personal choice. If yes, then Kramer's detached air will be immediately grating. If no, then sit back and enjoy a gifted actor. M.O. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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