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With his book sales—never strong to begin with—ebbing and the economy crashing, a writer is on the brink. When his wife leaves him and the bank takes his house, he goes over the edge. Living out of his car with his beloved bulldog, Churchill, he’s set upon by street punks just as he’s about to pawn the only things of value he has left.
He’s lost nearly everything. But he’s gained a gun.
His well-off brother lives in New York—far from Denver, but the only place he might find a reliable roof over his head and any hope of starting over. Along the road he will stop off to see ex-girlfriends, relatives, friends, and business associates. At this point, his primary goal is survival. But with each passing mile, the survival of others grows more uncertain—in this taut, psychologically gripping novel from a two-time International Thriller Award winner and Edgar Award finalist.
Acclaim for Tom Piccirilli
“Boldly original.” —New York Times Book Review on The Last Kind Words
“Noir that mates Flannery O’Connor with Stephen King.” —San Francisco Chronicle on A Choir of Ill Children
“Should make fans of Jim Thompson and Charlie Huston feel right at home.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Fever Kill
From Publishers Weekly
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“[Tom Piccirilli] is easily one of the best writers out there, his output is tremendous and I’ll be damned if he’s disappointed yet. . . . I won’t sugarcoat it: [Every Shallow Cut] is a depressing read. But it’s a damn excellent one, too, and worth the open-mouthed, knee-hugging keening you’ll probably be doing after you’ve finished it.”
―Ed Kurtz’s Best Damn Books of 2011
“Piccirilli is a master of the novella-length noir. Every Shallow Cut coils and tightens like a spring, giving us an image of a man for whom things can only get worse. I’ve been a fan of Piccirilli’s work for a long time, and Every Shallow Cut delivers.”
―Brian Evenson, author of Last Days and Fugue State
- ASIN : B0BBQT6F3S
- Publisher : Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (November 6, 2022)
- Publication date : November 6, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 2901 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,855 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So "Every Shallow Cut" is all of that - a Stygian gem of noir that will shake you to your shoe laces - an uncommonly powerful bit of despair richly woven with stark imagery, cynical insight, acidic wit, more than a hint of insanity and an extra helping of rage. In keeping with this bleak imagery, we don't know the protagonist's name, but we know he's a brilliant but commercially unsuccessful writer, and we know his bulldog is named Churchill. He's run out of any luck he's ever had; a wife who's bolted with "Sweetie," a home foreclosed, a few bucks and a paltry royalty check in his wallet, a broken-down car. He salvages his last fiber of respectably when, beaten and bloody, he stiffens his spine and in protecting "Church," rises up to wreck havoc on the trio of tweaker thugs who did him in. And he gets a gun. And starts a short but wild odyssey cross-country to ingratiate himself to his older, officious and judgmental brother.
"Every Shallow Cut" is brief - no more than an ambitious short story, really - knock it off in a the time it takes to watch a B movie. But Piccarilli packs as more life, drama, and angst into his sparse prose than a less accomplished author could bury between the covers of "War and Peace." This is required reading for the fan of American crime noir - and welcome and astonishing turn for a writer much more versatile than I'd ever given credit. Me? I'm back to the browser giving Piccarilli another look. Bravo!
The nameless narrator is a failed writer. His books are being sold in thrift shops for quarters, and they're still not selling. His wife has left him for another man. And the bank has taken his house. He has his dog - and only friend - and his car. After selling all of his other possession to a pawn broker he decides to drive across the country to visit his brother. They have not seen each other in a long time.
The narrator of this story could be anyone. Me or you or that guy sitting next to you on the train this morning. It captures our economy perfectly. Everywhere houses are in foreclosure, businesses are at risk of going under. All of it takes a toll on an already weak marriage. The narrator's mantra is "I don't know," and he doesn't. He doesn't know where he is going or what he is doing. He is on the edge of a breakdown and he doesn't even know.
Highly recommended for fans of realistic, gritty stories that may or may not leave you feeling depressed afterward.
Along his journey he relives the failures of his life. Reading Every Shallow Cut is like watching someone slowly drown themselves in a dark soupy mess of regret, pain and raw emotion. Piccirilli does a great job conveying the pain and despair as it builds up inside the MC. It's obvious the author bled out some of his own demons into this piece, which is what all writers hope for, but only great ones achieve.
As the build up to the final climax is being told, the reader is drawn into the depths of a man's worst nightmares coming true; the loss of everything, including his ability to control his own actions.
Every Shallow Cut is meant to be read in one sitting, and I highly recommend that's how you read it. It's a ride through one man's tortured soul that's best taken in one gritty gulp.