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Existential noir with a pop-cultural slant, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale chronicles the urban exploits of wanna-be sleuth and slapstick film buff, Salvatore Massimo Lunezzi. Prompted by an enigmatic phone call from a writer-friend claiming to be dead, Lunezzi launches an investigation that leads him to Ghostwriters, Inc., a company selling inspiration to struggling writers ...more
Kindle Edition, 137 pages
Published January 28th 2014 (first published May 9th 2012)
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Pierre
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, a must read.
Ricki
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, early-review, won
A noir novella that was rather all over the place making it a bit hard to follow thoroughly.
Gail H.
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sal, who has a word allergy, gets a mysterious phone call from his old writer pal Jimmy who informs him that he is now dead. When Sal informs Jimmy that he can’t be dead since he’s talking to him, Jimmy tells him that he has been split in fractals. So begins this quirky and humorous read. As Sal undertakes to investigate Jimmy’s story, I was vastly entertained by the writing style which is written in first person including the dialogue which turns out to be highly conversational, and seemingly p ...more
Angela
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author is actually one of my closest friends, and I have been looking forward to this moment for a long time! I have long followed and admired Biscello's work, not just because he is a friend, but because in his writing he reminds me of the things about myself that I have forgotten and long to get back to. This book is no exception. It is a timeless tale, in which era's collide: the past with the future, the present not so present but more of a dream. The story of Sal is one of a man who is ...more
Underground Book Reviews
On page one of John Biscello’s Broken Land he writes: “Anyway, if I had an office and it had been a rainy Tuesday, then a tragic blonde with legs like scissors strong enough to cut a flesh-and-blood man in half might have walked in… but that’s not the way this story begins.” This remarkably well-written novel is brimming with offbeat poetry.

Salvatore, the narrator, begins the story by taking on the case of his missing writer-friend, Jimmy. Jimmy calls Sal to tell him that he’s dead, and the biz
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Joan
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This is one of those books where the story is really interesting, but the characters themselves are not as much. The plot is so creative, and I really wanted to like the book a lot more, but I didn't really feel a connection to the people.

If you like books where the author definitely thinks out of the box, though, then this might be your thing.
Mary
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I downloaded it for free because it was set in Brooklyn and the blurb sounded interesting. I was captivated by the story that reminded me a bit of The Gargoyle (which I loved). giving this one only 4 stars because I wanted it to be longer and more developed. if a sequel comes out I'll read it!
Johanna DeBiase
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great writing, unique style, interesting characters, profound insights into the creative process, dreams, desires and curiosity.
Kristen
May 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Okay

Very poetic and artsy author. I didn't really connect with the characters or story. Was an okay read but I could have lived without it.
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Awful!!!!!!! Read the entire book and kept thinking it would get better and I still have no clue what the heck the point was.
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Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, spoken word performer, and playwright, John Biscello, has called Taos, New Mexico home for the past twelve years. He is the author of the novels, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale and Raking the Dust, and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. Broken Land was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.

His fiction and poetry has appeared in: Art Times
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