Monday, March 18, 2013

Galveston: A Novel by Nic Pizzolatto

Roy finds out her has lung cancer.  He gets sent on a job.  He's a bad guy.  He realizes that his boss has set him up to die because his girlfriend is now the boss's girlfriend. Roy manages to kill the other bad guys at the scene.  He finds a girl there.  Her name is Rocky. He cannot leave her there and does not want to kill her.  They flee Louisiana.  On the way she asks him to stop at her former home.  She comes out with a little girl, Tiffany. They stop in Galveston for a few days.  Roy drinks a lot. The story bounces back and forth through time to tell what became of these three.  It ends in 2008 at the advent of Hurricane Ike.
Preview the book here.

This book is described as noir.  I agree with that. It's dark and gritty.  The characters sometimes seem nonredeemable which they are.  This is a great review by Dennis Lehane. This is the last paragraph of the review.
By the end, the emotional honesty and power of the novel recall nothing of the scores of approximated noirs we’ve been subjected to over the past couple of decades, both on the page and on the screen. Instead, “Galveston,” in its authenticity and fearless humanism, recalls only the finest examples of the form: Jacques Tourneur’s “Out of the Past” and David Goodis’s “Down There,” Carl Franklin’s “One False Move” and James Ellroy’s “Black Dahlia.” It’s an elegy to the broken and the never-weres, to those who got themselves lost so that someone — anyone — might come looking. 
I recommend this book.
Pizzolatto is currently writing "True Detective" for HBO which will star Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

Pages: 258

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