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Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto
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Aug 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: drama, mysteries
Read in August, 2011

A first novel, discovered by my friend Carol (herself a mystery novelist), and gifted to me for my birthday, Galveston is a terrific read, not really so much for the story, (the tale of a bad guy who finds redemption of a sort because, against his better judgment, tries to save a fellow damaged gal, and especially her innocent kid) or even the settings (cheap motels, roadhouses and donut shops along the Gulf Coast from NoLa to Galveston), no: the charm is in the language. With a nod to James Lee Burke, the poet laureate of police procedurals (one of the characters in GALVESTON is named Robicheaux) and the downbeat vibe of Henning Mankell and Andrew Vachss, Pizzolatto's sentences burrow into the recesses of your own memory, your own weaknesses, your own humanity. It's why we read about contract killers with tarnished honor and runaways who turn tricks and kill people, even though we don't do those things ourselves.
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