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The Killing of a Bank Manager [Kindle Edition]

Paul Kavanagh
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Book Description

Beware of secret societies, of cabals, of conspirators. When you are nothing more than a lab rat it is best to just keep moving forward. Beware of the black bubble, no… beware of Les Fleurs du mal, no… beware of the back streets. It’s never as simple as just the killing of a bank manager.

“Mr. Kavanagh’s prose reads like a collage of stick-up notes from a long career of knocking over tony financial institutions. His success at this endeavor can largely be attributed to the invisibility of the stick-up man. You never see Kavanagh. All you see is ballsy demand after demand shoved with exquisite vocabulary and baldfaced syntax directly under your nose. From prologue to denouement, The Killing of a Bank Manager will keep you on the edge of your tongue. This is a how-to for those who aspire to murder those who steal. The book doesn’t necessarily prove that two wrongs make a right, but rather that two wrongs can be infinitely more interesting. Put the money in the bag. Push the alarm, and you will die laughing.”
Willie Smith, Oedipus Cadet (Black Heron Press, 1990)

“Bawdy and high-spirited, Kavanagh’s rococo prose never ceases to delight.”
3:AM Magazine

“It’s a rare writer that can create an entire world in a single sentence. Rarer still is the writer who can combine these sentences to tell a compelling story. Paul Kavanagh has both skills in abundance. His work is beautiful, moving, funny, tragic, and achingly human.”
Jeffrey Dinsmore, Awkward Press

“Paul Kavanagh can write. He writes without a program and for me this is writing.”
James O Jenkins

“Kavanagh’s versatile. He can speak as a representative of both the trailer park and the university. His voice can be British, it can be American. He seems to be afraid of the things the body does to itself as it ages. It’s quite possible he has engaged in public acts of copulation. He’s probably slept with his head in a puddle. Maybe he’s had some teeth knocked out in a bar fight. Maybe he played soccer for university. Hell if I know.”
Matt DiGangi, Thieves Jargon

Editorial Reviews


"Bawdy and high-spirited, Kavanagh's rococo prose never ceases to delight.” - 3:AM Magazine

About the Author

Paul Kavanagh was born in England in 1971 and lives in Charlotte, N.C., USA. His writing credits include poetry and short stories in Sleeping Fish, Burnside Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Pen Pusher, Better Non Sequitur, Nano Fiction, Evergreen Review, Marginalia, Upstairs at Duroc, Mipoesias, Monkeybicycle, Milk Magazine, American Drivel Review, and Trnsfr.

Product Details

  • File Size: 226 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Honest Publishing; 1 edition (January 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KAB1I6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,208,072 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a Tecate sign to a kill... April 20, 2011
It is amazing where a simple, Tecate beer advertising sign can lead! I L-O-V-E this writing! Yes, James Joyce but also Hemingway-ish with the short staccato sentences between fuller ones, with not one word wasted, with descriptions you can SEE instantly.

I found that as I read The Killing of a Bank Manager that I was not aware of the words I was reading. I kept picturing in my mind's eye the exact places Kavanagh described. This was true on the very first few pages even, where usually a reader does not "get into the story of the book" until later. You will walk down the streets of Mexico with Henry and you will see what he sees, hear what he hears, and smell what he smells. It is like watching a movie only the movie comes from the words on the page. I know, I know, this sounds cliche but things become cliches for reasons and this writing is superb.

You will quickly find that the author uses a unique mechanism to move the story along, or rather, to change scenes and emotions when needed. Words in fancy script separate sections of paragraphs giving you a taste of what is coming up but never revealing exactly how it's going to happen. I rather like that because in our world of Internet/graphics-laden pages, these script-like references and breakpoints in the narrative helped to give a sense of movement, accomplishment as I read, and hints of what was to come. It's just another example of how well thought-out The Killing of a Bank Manager is.

This novel is one exceptional tale, boldly (and well-) written, superb.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow April 18, 2011
Wow - quite a read. This tested my vocab to the max - and I think I'm wiser for it. It's refreshing to read something different. I really enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great writing June 8, 2011
This novel is about Henry, who has an apartment on the High Street (the shopping district) of an unnamed city. It's practically barren, with only a couple of pieces of furniture. There are no magazines on the artfully-designed coffee table; there is no coffee table. He is about to leave his job as a butcher at a local shop.

He lives above a beauty parlor, where little beauty actually occurs. The only bright spot at the parlor is a woman named Laura, on whom Henry has had his eye. He also lives across the street from a bank. Every morning, he watches the female tellers arrive for work. He also watches the bank manager unlock the main doors each morning. Henry decides, one day, that the bank manager must die.

There is a lot of great writing in this book, but, overall, I'm not sure what to make of it. It tends to jump from one thing to another, kind of like James Joyce, or stream-of-consciousness writing. Those who like modern, edgy fiction that gets rid of the literary "rule book" will love this novel. On the other hand, for those who prefer more conventional plot, characters and storytelling, look elsewhere.
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More About the Author

paul kavanagh lives in charlotte nc usa.he was born in the north west of england 1971. he has been published in many magazines.


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