Every Shallow Cut by Tom Piccirilli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Review "on the fly":
A dark "Noirella"....a meditation on personal and professional failure....Marriage gone bust...Career permanently on the rocks (save the twist)
Our nameless hero is homeward bound, reluctantly....after a failed marriage and a career-gone-stagnant...in the company of his bulldog Churchill
Lots of pent up rage, accompanied by a case of Hypergraphia....you know this guy is circling the drain.
At first, I would have called this a Stephen King type Road Novel....given his penchant for exposing the Hell that writers endure to serve their craft...on second thought..the only Horror here, is our protagonist's dilemma, being so out of touch with what is generally perceived as Reality...yet being so in touch with his own pain and frustration (if that makes any sense) that his vision is blurred, to say the least....
After a corner beat-down, he acquires a gun...Homeless and raging...he's homeward bound to a brother who probably doesn't want him around any way
If this seems depressing...it's nothing compared to the short sharp ending....which i won't give up...let's just say "suicide or the highway"
This book packs a wallop in 175 pages...not for the fain if heart...
The only other book i have read by Mr Piccirilli...is A Choir of Ill Children...which was more of a Southern Gothic...and a lot creepier
I give this book 4 Stars...because it smacked me upside the head with its wit, heart, violence,and craft
This was a Net Galley....