Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto
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From the creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO crime series True Detective, comes a dark and visceral literary debut set along the seedy wastelands of Galveston.

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.

Recalling the moody violence of the early novels of Cormac McCarthy and Denis Johnson, this powerful, potent, and atmospheric thriller is 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.
 

About Nic Pizzolatto

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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.
 
Published May 20, 2010 by Scribner. 273 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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For a mob enforcer and a teenage whore on the run, there's no escaping the violent past; this first novel follows a story collection (Between Here and the Yellow Sea, 2006).

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Publishers Weekly

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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 impress

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A stillness spread through her eyes, and her unguarded face forgot to play a role, just looked stunned by confusion and remorse, while the features of this face were organized by a kind of country pride that wouldn’t admit confusion or remorse.” In lesser hands, Rocky would be the hoariest of cli...

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Dallas News

The alternating time frames allow Cady to offer hard-bitten wisdom: "I've found that all weak people share a basic obsession - they fixate on the idea of satisfaction.

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Chron.com

Suddenly Roy is 20 years older, walking a dog on the Galveston beach, his leg dragging behind him, eye covered in a patch.

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Bookmarks Magazine

By jonMon, 06/21/2010 - 08:49.

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My San Antonio

On page one, he learns from a doctor who owes his boss a gambling debt — that's health coverage in Roy's line of work — that he has cancer.

Jun 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Galveston: A Novel

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