Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto
Nic Pizzolatto wrote and produced True Detective for HBO. Since I’m a huge fan of the series I couldn’t be more excited to read Galveston his first novel. From the moment I started Galveston I found myself in awe of Mr. Pizzolatto’s writing style. Brilliant dialogue, with short visuals and an inner voice that locks you into every moment. Gritty noir crime fiction with a somber humanism that made the characters jump off the pages. Roy Cady has spots on his lungs and has nothing to live for until he accidentally saves a young woman. Roy and Rocky make a run for it and we get to go along as they struggle to survive in a brutal unforgiving world. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and can see glimmers of the essence of True Detective throughout. There’s a dark side of human life that we all know, but rarely see. This novel captures desperation and fear with haunting realism. Bars, strip clubs, motels, trailer parks and laundromats are some of the destinations we discover as the story progresses. I wanted more, but unfortunately I ran out of pages. Galveston is a spectacular crime story that crushes your heart and leaves you rattled. Wow!
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