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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (September 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809550903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809550906
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,252,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It has great dialogue and the interplay between characters really sparkles.
nigel p bird
This is one of those great little crime/pulp books that mix a lot of absurdity and humor with blasts of extreme violence and very disturbing events.
Chris La Tray
I didn't get bored since there were so many things going on that kept my interest in this book.very easy and quick book to read.
Sandy McRae

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Stella on December 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
This one screams MOVIE! Preferably by David Lynch. I read this baby cover to cover; there was no putting it down. James Ellroy brutality, Elmore Leonard dialogue, Victor Gischler humor ... that's a trifecta with an undeniable payoff. Anthony Neil Smith stomps onto the scene in this volcano of a debut. You'll have to trust me, I'm no misogynist and this one turned me on from the get-go ... pure dynamite. Not only was she and the plot believable (you just have to know people other than those living in fairytales), this baby lent a new lilt to what I sometimes think about late at night. One of my "best of" reads for the year.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Gavin on April 7, 2013
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When I found out this was ANS's first novel I was expecting some clunkiness. God knows my first book wasn't that great. But Smith comes out of the gate strong with this one. It doesn't do anything fancy or different but it doesn't have to. It's a noir thriller, a good one, and that's enough. A cast of characters that are all unlikeable but still interesting, a plot that twists and turns ... I think you see what I mean. Apart from some of the modern touches this could've been written during the heyday of noir, maybe even been a black and white movie. Right down to the bleak ending that satisfies even if no one really gets out clean (not easy to do), this is a great intro to Smith's work and his voice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Brown on March 23, 2012
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There is not character in the book who is likable in the traditional sense. Everybody is low-life scum. Yet in an amazing feat of storytelling, the author draws you in and makes you root for the two main characters. I was actually feeling sorry for them and hoping for a positive ending. In a perverted way, the two protagonists are loyal to each other and genuinely care for each other, even though they are ruthless criminals. The book is also very funny throughout despite the dark story. The author's ability to tell a story of disagreeable characters you come to care about, in a very funny and attention-grabbing way, is quite an accomplishment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 7, 2012
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Mr. Smith has an unparalleled talent for creating characters. Not one of the major characters in Pschosomatic is likable. Even those who seem pitiful and sympathetic when they're first introduced quickly lose their appeal (no arms, no legs--harmless, right? wrong!) There is non-stop action and non-stop conniving. Reversals of fortune abound. I too can imagine this book as a movie, however I see it directed by Quentin Tarantino. Worth the time if you're into crime fiction and aren't squeamish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Merry on February 16, 2012
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They say that if the author doesn't catch the reader by the end of the first page, they'll never catch them. Some people are more forgiving and give the author the first chapter to hook them. Psychosomatic hooks you from the first sentence.

Anthony Neil Smith starts this novel with the accelerator mashed to the floor, and doesn't let up until the last line. Not one of the characters are likable. They are petty thieves, murderers, rapists, manipulators, thugs, drug dealers, and crack whores. Smith makes no illusions about trying to redeem any of them.

From a readers point of view, it is a roller-coaster ride of a novel, with twists and turns and dives that lift your rear off the seat and hills that send your stomach to the floor. From a writers point of view, it is either suicide or pure genius. The characters are emotionally and physically handicapped. They cannot get any better than they are in the first pages. They are stunted before the story gets off the ground. And Smith pulls it off. He makes compelling characters out of the dregs of society. You're not so much rooting for them as wondering who makes it to the last page alive.

There are so many plot threads running through the story, it would be very easy to get tangled up, but Smith twists them to perfection. This story is dark and grim, but, like a train-wreck, you can't tear your eyes from it. The tension starts high and stays that way, the only relief coming with the humor at the ridiculous situations the characters get themselves into.

Bottom line: Good story, good dialogue, great characterization. This is not a story for the faint of heart. Certain images will probably stick with me for a long time. If you're looking for a light and easy afternoon read, pick something else. If you're into hard-core crime fiction, this is a book for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bordeaux Dogue on September 3, 2013
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but a lot of fun to read! Schock full of violence mingled with comedy.

As a debut novel, in 2005, Anthony Smith did one hell of a job! This is very well written, fast paced intense, a definite, crazy as hell, page turner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 1, 2012
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This is the first Anthony Neil Smith book I have read and it certainly won't be the last. The story is a fast paced and hard hitting twisted crime caper
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris La Tray on January 16, 2011
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This is one of those great little crime/pulp books that mix a lot of absurdity and humor with blasts of extreme violence and very disturbing events. The characters are perfectly executed (in a couple cases quite literally) and that makes the reading all the more fun. The final act stretched things just a liiiittle too far for me, but that didn't take away from what was a fast and enjoyable read. Fans of Tarantino and Coen Brothers films will dig this; cozy readers beware!
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