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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006222901X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062229014
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fante’s new revenge thriller revisits the dark mix of anger and alcoholism so prevalent in his well-received Bruno Dante series. JD Fiorella’s last binge wrecked his life pretty thoroughly, but now, thanks to AA and his buddy Woody, he has a new job and is slowly paddling toward solvency. Unfortunately, those AA meetings haven’t mellowed JD’s anger, and a road-rage incident leads to the destruction of his newly ordered life. In rapid succession, his car is torched, and he’s booted from the new job. Then he visits Woody’s apartment and finds his friend murdered.JD is a loyal guy, and he uses his hunger for revenge and his wealth of PI experience (acquired before his bingeing days) to hunt the killer. Point Doom is all about suspense; JD’s investigative experience is valuable, but his impulsiveness and anger regularly eliminate that advantage. Fante seasons the story with a steady flow of inventive violence, but, in the end, it’s JD’s self-sacrificing loyalty that will win over readers. --Christine Tran

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Praise for Dan Fante:“This writer has the telemarketer’s skill for keeping the mooch on the line: readers who don’t hang up right away very likely won’t be able to stop listening.” (New York Times)

“A powerful read from a writer who’s lived what he writes and writes what he lived, 86’d stands out as yet another example of Fante’s unique voice and bottoms-up, scraped-off-the-sidewalk prose.” (Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight)

“Told in a free-flowing narrative style that features a number of memorable characters, Fante’s novel is dark, bleak, gritty, and inventively vulgar. It’s also honest, painful, and occasionally tender.” (Booklist)

More About the Author

The son of novelist John Fante (Ask the Dust), Dan Fante is the author of the novels 86'd, Chump Change, and Mooch; the short story collection, Short Dog; two books of poetry; and the plays The Boiler Room and Don Giovanni. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he lives in Arizona with his wife and son.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EinLA on July 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed the first half of this book quite a bit more than the rest - the "set up" - rather than the "pay off". Honestly, however, I almost didn't get beyond the first few pages. Gruesome, horrific, depraved. But, I thought, OK, let me give it a chance. So I did, and found that I liked the character, JD. I appreciated his struggles to get his life together, the inside scoop on used car sales, his burgeoning friendships. However... a road rage incident rapidly moves the story into much, much darker waters.

The book then becomes a revenge story, a story in which it becomes increasingly difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys - more or less typical for noir. However, the bad guy(s) here are really, really psychotically bad - and you will be visiting all of this in gruesome detail, unless you just skip over some of it. The bad guy is also ridiculously high functioning in his "straight" life, so this requires a lot of just buying into the premise. The "good guy"'s actions are increasingly dark as well. What I found particularly odd about the book is that often, in a typical noir, the lead character is thrust, flaws and all, into a situation not of his own making. In this story the main character creates the whole situation because - to me - it is HIS act of road rage that brings him into the situation he finds himself in. This seems to be blurred in the book. So, I had a hard time rooting for the "good" guy because he was acting purely for revenge related to a situation which he created, which he brought on himself and others. Also, the bad guy was beyond improbable.
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Format: Kindle Edition
JD Fiorella is a former private investigator. JD also was part owner in a high end car rental company among a few other jobs. JD has alcohol to thank for his life now. JD is currently living back home with his mother and just started a god as a used cars salesman for "Rhett Butler".

JD's life gets turned upside down quickly when he finds a body. His private investigator side kicks into full gear.

Another new author to me in Dan Fante. Mr. Fante really brings the grittiness and pure sinister evil in this book and the characters. If you are looking for a new author to read then you should check out Point Doom.

JD is a flawed character but this is what I liked the most about him. What I mean by this is what JD has a temper and been knocked down and is currently down on his luck. However this is all of the things that make him more personable and I can connect with him in this book.

Be warned if you are easily offended by language and gruesome dismemberment. There is a fair share of both of these elements in this book. Point Doom deserves a spot on your bookshelf or on any of your electronic reading devices.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hoppy on November 6, 2013
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Barely worth reading story that succeeds in being grossly disgusting. The story is fairly good, but the senseless violence overwhelms it. This is like a little boy saying dirty words to get attention.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Swann on November 1, 2013
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I was really enjoying the first 90% of this book. It was great characters, great action, great bad guys, and a plot just outside predictable. Then when coming to the end, which should be easy for the author who wrote the rest of the book, it goes to pieces. I never remember being quite so upset by the way a book ended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheelagh Oconnor on July 18, 2013
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Reminds me of my reading of Lionel Shriver's book "We need to talk about Kevin" where I slowly realized the protagonist has deep flaws, an inability to see his or her part in the situation, a sociopath, incapable of compassion for others. Had to hold my breath for some chapters, so painful to read, but then, this is human nature, as much of it is on planet earth yesterday and today, gruesome and cruel. Like the Boston bomber, this main character has his charm. Point Doom is the world of monsters with only 2 little old ladies who bring a crack of light to this otherwise dark dungeon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grumpydan VINE VOICE on July 6, 2013
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JD Fiorella is a former private investigator, former owner of a rental car business and a recovering alcoholic. Now, he is unemployed, living with his mother and going to AA meetings and trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. He also has anger issues and when a car cuts him off, he begins a chase that snowballs into much more. When he discovers his only friend (from AA and got him a job selling used cars) horrifically murdered, he decides to seek revenge.

This story starts out disturbing and the brutality through could turn ones stomach, but I found the story to be exciting and face-paced. It wasn't really a mystery but a revengeful thriller. I found JD to be a great character, not one that I would want to piss off. Not for the light-hearted but still a fascinating read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dt Cowie on June 12, 2013
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Another incredible piece of fiction by legendary L.A. author Dan Fante. Fante writes fantastic dialogue and edgy storylines - his characters live so close to the edge that the slightest breeze will send them plummeting.
Point Doom isn't for fans of flowery fiction, the prose is short & punchy; it's a thriller that takes no prisoners.
Mr Fante I salute you!
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