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!
End of Watch was just released on Netflix streaming service. This Police crime fiction drama seemed so real at times you might forget its a movie. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña and the character development is extremely well done. While on patrol they start running into a Latin gangs that are connected to a Latin drug cartel. The more they trip over gang's activities the deeper they get. Nasty gang bangers and unexpected horrors fill this documentary style film. #crime #fiction #thriller #movies #police #action #film #crimefiction #Mystery
Shoedog by George Pelecanos
Constantine is back in the USA after traveling around the world. He's picked up hitchhiking by an old guy named Polk heading for Florida. Constantine quickly becomes involved with a misfit group of thugs planning a big caper. His new buddy Polk owes money to an old army buddy turned ganster and has one last job to get him off his back. George Pelecanos writes charatcer rich, gritty crime fiction in this suspense thiller with an action packed climax.
If you haven't watch the show Breaking Bad (pilot preview) now is the time. The last season is out this summer and you have lots of catching up to do. Its jaw dropping crime fiction about a high school chemistry teacher who starts making and distributing Crystal Meth to pay for his lung cancer treatment. His partner Jesse Pinkman is one of his students who lead the selling and gets them involved with super nasty bad guys. The writing is awesome and it always keeps you guessing as the main character Walter White switches from self doubt to criminal mastermind.
I found this incredible video of Michael Connelly speaking about his beginnings, his writing process and how Harry Bosch was born. The audience asks some great questions. Michael is a extremely relaxed and well spoken. Its worth watching the whole video.
Michael Connelly: 2009 National Book Festival
Okay foodies this is your chance to catch an amazing food event. In case you haven't heard about it, Madison Square Park in NYC is having a food event with about twenty local restaurants. On a tiny speck of land at 24th Street and Broadway is the Madison Square Eats Event. It is crammed with hungry people willing to wait for tasty food. Everyone was extremely polite even though we were packed like sardines.
I had a delicious dish from Ilili Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine. It was roasted Brussels Sprouts with fig jam, mint yogurt, walnuts and red grapes. I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into but the combination was crazy good.
Next I tried La Sonrisa Empanadas. I ordered one with beef and vegetables and the other was coconut curry chicken which was the star of the show. It was delicious, super hot and crunchy. I had a Mexican Coke which is made the old fashion way with can sugar instead of corn syrup. Wow! What a difference, ice cold, sweet and smooth without being overwhelmed by bubbles.
The event is on until the end of May. Give yourself a big treat and go. Its overwhelming. One work of warning, when you get there just take a quick survey and hop on a line. I've never seen so many indecisive people. Enjoy the slide show below.
The movie that had the biggest impact on my life was the Godfather. My parents took me to see it and it is still the best crime drama I have ever seen. The personal connections, loyalty, strength and honor made the Corleone family the anti-heroes. Even though they murdered people who got in the way of their business I enjoyed their victories and was saddened by their loses. They were the best if the bad guys. If I could only take one movie with me to a desert island The Godfather wins hands down.
My parents always took me to see spy and action movies. When I was five we went to see Sean Connery as James Bond 007. Later other movies like The Getaway with Steve McQueen and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are forever etched in my mind. Now I'm an action junkie in what I read, watch and write. Thanks Mom and Dad.
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