Thursday, November 25, 2010

Galveston by Nic Pizzolato

A tough guy tries to protect an innocent

I enjoyed this story – the writing was beautiful and the dialogue economical and evocative. Roy Cady, the inarticulate muscle for a loan shark, gets set up, which kicks off a classic American tale of a guy and a girl on the lam. Haunted by yearnings for the happy childhood he never had, Roy, against his better judgment, gets involved with an unstable young woman and her “sister,” trying to set them on the right path. This is the type of novel with a hero equipped with testicles so large he needs a forklift to drag them around the country roads and all the women are treacherous whores with shapely culus. The very fine prose redeems the latent silliness. The only thing that didn’t work for me was the few not very plausible WD-40’d plot twists. I think he could have left it a little more open ended.

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