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Recalling the moody violence of the early novels of Cormac McCarthy and Denis Johnson, a dark and visceral debut set along the seedy wastelands of Galveston by a young writer with a hard edge to his potent literary style

On the same day that Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he senses that his boss, a dangerous loan-sharking bar-owner, wants him dead. Known “without affection” to members of the boss's crew as “Big Country” on account of his long hair, beard, and cowboy boots, Roy is alert to the possibility that a routine assignment could be a deathtrap. Which it is. Yet what the would-be killers do to Roy Cady is not the same as what he does to them, which is to say that after a smoking spasm of violence, they are mostly dead and he is mostly alive. Before Roy makes his getaway, he realizes there are two women in the apartment, one of them still breathing, and he sees something in her frightened, defiant eyes that causes a fateful decision. He takes her with him as he goes on the run from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas — an action as ill-advised as it is inescapable. The girl's name is Rocky, and she is too young, too tough, too sexy — and far too much trouble. Roy, Rocky, and her sister hide in the battered seascape of Galveston's country-western bars and fleabag hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pickup trucks, and ashed-out hopes. Any chance that they will find safety there is soon lost. Rocky is a girl with quite a story to tell, one that will pursue and damage Roy for a very long time to come in this powerful and atmospheric thriller, impossible to put down. Constructed with maximum tension and haunting aftereffect, written in darkly beautiful prose, Galveston announces the arrival of a major new literary talent.

Review:

"Pizzolatto, author of the story collection Between Here and the Yellow Sea, takes a hard-edged look at the stormy life of a compassionate criminal in his impressive first novel. On the same day in 1987 he's diagnosed with lung cancer, Roy Cady flees New Orleans, taking along Raquel 'Rocky' Arceneaux, a pretty 18-year-old with a lurid past, whom he rescues from some hoods in the wake of a bloodbath. Rocky persuades him to stop in Orange, Tex., to pick up Tiffany, her three-year-old sister, and by the time they reach refuge in a rundown Galveston motel, 40-year-old Roy finds himself an unlikely father figure even as he struggles with a romantic attraction to Rocky. Pizzolatto's insightful portrayal of the heroic Roy, who takes a beating for trying to help the two girls, is rough and tumble real. As Pizzolatto switches smoothly between past and present, he vividly captures Galveston in all its desperate vulnerability as it faces the approach of Hurricane Ike in September 2008. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"As Pizzolatto switches smoothly between past to present, he vividly captures Galveston in all its desperate vulnerability as it faces the approach of Hurricane Ike." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Review:

"Nic Pizzolatto is one of the most exciting young writers to come along in ages. His collection is first-rate, and Pizzolatto is going to be wowing us for a long, long time to come." Steve Yarborough, author of The Oxygen Man and Prisoners of War

Review:

"Galveston is an assured debut full of hard truths, a throwback novel that ends up shouldering the noir genre forward." Chuck Hogan, author of Devils in Exile and Prince of Thieves

Review:

"Nic Pizzolatto’s beautiful, lucid prose seems to flow like water or like music. He knows how to write in the marrow of his bones. This will be the first of many brilliant books. Hooray for talent, that rare and lovely gift of the gods." Ellen Gilchrist, author of Victory Over Japan and Nora Jane

Review:

"These brilliant, if often bleak, stories offer a world of choices and realities. You want to stay awhile with these characters — some of them won't look you in the eye, but follow that sidelong glance; there will be something worth seeing there, something unforgettable." Times-Picayune

Review:

"[A] taut first novel suffused with a strong noir sensibility...a fine crime-fiction debut." Booklist

About the Author

Nic Pizzolatto's fiction has appeared in the Atlantic, the Oxford American, the Missouri Review, the Iowa Review, Best American Mystery Stories and other publications. His work has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award, and his story collection Between Here and the Yellow Sea was named by Poets & Writer’s Magazine as one of the top five fiction debuts of the year. He lives in Indiana.

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bookdartsbob, January 13, 2011 (view all comments by bookdartsbob)
This one of the very best hardboiled crime books I have ever read.
John Cady starts explaining his life meting out violence for hire (and for personal need) by saying that those he punishes and/or kills got there for a some acts of their doing, and then he, who by his actions deserves as much bad as anyone, evolves enough to make us think anyone can change their nature, or reveal their true nature to themselves after a lot of effort to deny it.
He describes someone:
"Part of Rocky was this great beauty she wouldn't let into the light yet, because it had never found its proper place. I believe that."
He is describing himself as well and gives us us cause to look for it in the most unlikely others too.
I was 53 pages into the book before I used my first Book Dart, and then I read, about southern Louisiana, "The very air in these parts is so bright, it actually collects light and you have to squint even when looking at the ground."
I then read on with Dart always in my fingers and found more passages well worth noting and re-reading.
He describes a guy who turns out to be a lawyer: "His head looked soft and pink like a pencil eraser."
and: "The problem with suicide is that by the time you get around to it all the damage is already done."
and in a necessarily rushed imperative to Rocky who has experienced much more than a "hard home life": "You're strong enough to live the one way, now live the other."

i liked a lot a maybe reluctant admission about older people out for the evening on a dance floor in an oil town honky tonk : "Women with big asses in tight jeans, love all over their faces."

This book is worth the time, goes by too quick really. Lots of dialogue and short sentences and chapters just the right length.
I don't think Pizzolatto wastes one word, and I walked away feeling like I had just learned a lot about a lot.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439166642
Author:
Pizzolatto, Nic
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Men's Adventure
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Noir fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Adventure
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15.015 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Pizzolatto, author of the story collection Between Here and the Yellow Sea, takes a hard-edged look at the stormy life of a compassionate criminal in his impressive first novel. On the same day in 1987 he's diagnosed with lung cancer, Roy Cady flees New Orleans, taking along Raquel 'Rocky' Arceneaux, a pretty 18-year-old with a lurid past, whom he rescues from some hoods in the wake of a bloodbath. Rocky persuades him to stop in Orange, Tex., to pick up Tiffany, her three-year-old sister, and by the time they reach refuge in a rundown Galveston motel, 40-year-old Roy finds himself an unlikely father figure even as he struggles with a romantic attraction to Rocky. Pizzolatto's insightful portrayal of the heroic Roy, who takes a beating for trying to help the two girls, is rough and tumble real. As Pizzolatto switches smoothly between past and present, he vividly captures Galveston in all its desperate vulnerability as it faces the approach of Hurricane Ike in September 2008. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "As Pizzolatto switches smoothly between past to present, he vividly captures Galveston in all its desperate vulnerability as it faces the approach of Hurricane Ike." (starred review)
"Review" by , "Nic Pizzolatto is one of the most exciting young writers to come along in ages. His collection is first-rate, and Pizzolatto is going to be wowing us for a long, long time to come."
"Review" by , "Galveston is an assured debut full of hard truths, a throwback novel that ends up shouldering the noir genre forward."
"Review" by , "Nic Pizzolatto’s beautiful, lucid prose seems to flow like water or like music. He knows how to write in the marrow of his bones. This will be the first of many brilliant books. Hooray for talent, that rare and lovely gift of the gods."
"Review" by , "These brilliant, if often bleak, stories offer a world of choices and realities. You want to stay awhile with these characters — some of them won't look you in the eye, but follow that sidelong glance; there will be something worth seeing there, something unforgettable."
"Review" by , "[A] taut first novel suffused with a strong noir sensibility...a fine crime-fiction debut."
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