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The Nobody

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  62 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews

Cryer once had another name, but he can't remember it.

The man he used to be was stabbed in the head by an assailant. After months of catatonia Cryer awakens in a mental facility to find that his former life is almost completely forgotten. He knows his wife and daughter have been murdered - he saw them die moments before his own assault - but his shattered mind is incapable
Paperback, Limited Edition (180 copies), 127 pages
Published February 2009 by Tasmaniac Publications
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Jan 27, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful novella about a man who loses everything one fateful night, including his own memories of who he was. When a suicidal cop gives him a speech about what his "mission" in life should be, "CRYER" latches onto that with a single-minded determination.

An evocative, thought-producing work that sucks you in from the get-go with Picirilli's fabulous descriptions, getting you emotionally connected to his protagonist almost effortlessly. 5 Starts for such a memorable work.

Highly recommended!
Apr 10, 2016 Steven rated it it was amazing
Another Piccirilli novella that I couldn't put down. Just a riveting amnesiac seeks murderer and revenge tale. Our narrator comes home to find his daughter dead and his wife dying - this is all described in the most visceral and gruesome way - and the murderer escaping out the bathroom window. He tries to grab the guy and gets a knife stuck into his forehead.

How he goes from being catatonic in an institution to tracking down the murderer is the story. Sifting through the life that he doesn't rem
Nick Cato
May 05, 2011 Nick Cato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the umpteenth noir tale I've read from Piccirilli, and he always manages to craft broken down protagonists you can't help but cheer on.

This time, a man nick-named Cryer comes home to find his young daughter gutted and his wife in the tub with her throat slashed. To make matters worse, he almost grabs the killer as he's fleeing out a window, only to have a 3-inch blade slammed into his forehead, almost killing him and wiping out his memory in the process.

Much of THE NOBODY features Cryer
Dec 18, 2015 Elusive rated it liked it
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‘Mr. Nobody’ is about a man who suffers from amnesia after he was brutally stabbed in the head by a murderer who had slayed his family. After a conversation with a policeman who calls him Cryer, he embarks on a quest to seek revenge and justice.

The author successfully portrayed Cryer as the sort of character he’s meant to be – confused, lacking information, feeling disoriented and numb yet struggling to figure out his true identity. From the beginning, it’s hard not to root for Cryer to find the
Tim Niland
Jan 03, 2012 Tim Niland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A man called Cryer once had another name, another family and another life. Arriving home after scarfing some forbidden cheeseburgers in a parking lot, the man Cryer was discovers his daughter murdered and eviscerated on the living room floor, running to look for his wife he finds her near death as the killer tries to vault through the window. Returning to finish the job, he drives a knife right into the middle of the forehead of the man who used to be Cryer. Diagnosed with partial amnesia, Cryer ...more
Jun 26, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing
I've been reading so many bad books lately, I was starting to get discouraged - but this story made up for them. A powerful novella about a man left for dead by the man who killed his wife and daughter. He has no memory of what happened or his family, but he finds the killer and gets his revenge. It's a very good story, well told. A few editing errors.
Shawn Manning
Mar 31, 2016 Shawn Manning rated it liked it
While the plot is nothing new, family is murdered, man loses memory and then seeks vengeance, it's in the telling of the story that the magic happens. You really need to read this one for yourself to see what I mean. I had heard of the author and found that he more than lives up to his reputation.
Greg Fisher
Jan 10, 2014 Greg Fisher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, novellas
Narrated by Jonathan Waters. Tom Piccirilli is one of my favorite authors and this novella shows many of his strengths.

He took a character named Cryer (he can't remember his real name or the names of his family), motivates him to track down his family's killer (He can't remember the depth of love he felt for them), has a little man crawling in and out of Cryer's skull -- and Tom didn't lose the story to absurdity.
Sep 20, 2012 Spencer rated it it was amazing
The story follows a man recovering from a knife to the head after his family was brutally killed. He has little memory of his life before the horrific incident but decides to track down the killer and ends up on a journey of self-discovery which is haunting and wonderfully written.
This is an amazing novella that is cleaver, chilling and unique, I won’t say too much about the storyline as you need to read it yourself and let it unfold to truly experience this wonderful tale.
Daniel Drago
Nov 21, 2012 Daniel Drago rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing story by Tom Piccirilli. The beauty of this Novella is how much you care about Cryer and he has become so emotionless since we meet the character. An excellent story about an amnesia stricken individual trying to find himself and discover who murdered his wife and daughter.
May 31, 2011 Josh rated it really liked it
finally got time to sit down and read again, after about six weeks of workin every single day. piccirilli does it again, he never fails to disappoint.
Dennis Lott
Feb 03, 2012 Dennis Lott rated it it was amazing
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I read this book a long time ago. I will never forget the creative ending.! One of Mr Picirilli's best.
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