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The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
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bookshelves: 2017, thriller-horror


Spend my rainy Sunday morning through early afternoon reading Victor Lavalle's rework of H.P. Lovecrafts "The Horror at Redhook".
Charles Thomas Tester is a hustler. He makes his living as a salesman who hooks up desperate sorcerers with dangerous artifacts and sometimes as a very mediocre musician. When he gets hired by privileged Robert Suydam to play at a party what starts out as an offer he can't refuse, turns out to be the one offer he will soon come to regret ...
Eventhough the story is well written and I kept turning pages, because Mr. Lavalle has obviously mastered the craft of maintaining suspense throughout the novel, it didn't grip me the way a horror/creepy story is supposed to. This is mainly because I am not a big fan of H.P Lovecraftian storytelling. I am however very intrigued by Victor Lavalle's writing skills and I hereby vow to pick up one of his other books very soon.

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Reading Progress

November 1, 2016 – Shelved
November 1, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
July 30, 2017 – Started Reading
July 30, 2017 – Shelved as: thriller-horror
July 30, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
July 30, 2017 – Finished Reading

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