Archive for the ‘Drift-of-Life’ Category
Small-town Maine in the winter has a unique character, made famous by other authors like horror maestro Stephen King. In WATER DOGS, Lewis Robinson’s first novel, Robinson gives us the chilly, overcast days of January and February. He also gives us a cast of young men and women in their twenties, and the drama of their relationships and intrigue. Mixed into the snow drifts is the mystery of a man who goes missing. The novel is difficult to put down.
Donâ€™t let the retro-noir painting on the cover of FAKE I.D. fool you, this is not one of those old books from the fifties that Hard Case Crime has rediscovered. Itâ€™s a smart, mean-spirited little tale of addiction and rage from Jason Starr who is one of the most under-read authors of the last fifteen years.
NOBODY MOVE, Denis Johnsonâ€™s first novel since his National Book Award-winning Tree of Smoke in 2007, is a complete change of pace from that novel, which focuses on the Vietnam War. Here, Johnson sets his novel in Northern California in contemporary times, creating a noir study of drug-addled, alcoholic criminals who donâ€™t have a clue about reality as they seek riches and revenge.
Julian Donahue, the protagonist in the wonderful THE SONG IS YOU, is a middle-aged drifter. He directs commercials for a living and has separated from his wife after the loss of their two-year-old son. Worse, he is at a point in his life where he is clearly able to see the trajectory pretty much every action of his will traceâ€”in other words, he sees the pointlessness of it all and is in a funk. The only thing that keeps him connected and interested, is musicâ€”more specifically, his iPodâ€”which reminds him of all the significant moments in his life.