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Length: 141 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing (March 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007P6L8J4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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R. Narvaez was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His literary and crime fiction have been published in Mississippi Review, Murdaland, Plots with Guns, Thrilling Detective, Indian Country Noir, Long Island Noir, Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery, and You Don't Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens. His first collection of short stories is Roachkiller and Other Stories.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen K. Moran on March 30, 2012
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The world familiar with Narvaez has long awaited the day when he would burst forth in prose. His poetry is the stuff of legend, but Roachkiller and Other Stories is surely the writer in full stride and at the full breadth of his abilities. Not to be outdone, in any measure by the likes of Chandler, Grisham or even Poe himself, Narvaez at his best makes them bow in veneration to his transcendent gifts to tell a tale in the most colorful and gripping language. It is only for one to try and recover from one incredible tale to the next. I applaud Narvaez and am certain that, in years to come, this collection, Roachkiller and Other Stories will be seen as the defining moment of a major and treasured storyteller.
Daniel Thomas Moran
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By judibat on April 24, 2012
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For fans of noir or for anyone who appreciates well-crafted stories, this collection is dynamite. Some are nice violent noir, others are quite moving. R. Narvaez has a true talent for drawing the reader deep into his dark tales. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Emshwiller on April 24, 2012
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R. Narvaez sure knows his stuff. This collection of beefy, bare-knuckled noir stories is a haunting page turner. A word of warning, though: don't start reading this book too late in the evening... as you'll probably stay up all night finishing every last gripping tale.

Stand aside Hammett, Ellroy, and Chandler: There's a new kid in town.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Whalen on July 19, 2012
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I thoroughy enjoyed all the short stories in Roachkiller. Narvaez's sardonic wit and talent is evident in each tale. His Latino background serves him well in his writing and he uses it to give each story an authentic feel. I especially enjoyed the many twists and turns as the downtrodden try to improve their lot only to find their efforts have gone awry. The suprise endings brought a smile to my face. He veers off in a couple of the latter stories writing science fiction, one of which people in Reno now own ocean front property. His take on a post apocalyptic future is both interesting and amusing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terrence on July 10, 2012
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I loved all of the stories in this work. It's only a matter of time before Richie begins to get the recognition that his talent deserves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dana kabel on February 27, 2014
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My TBR pile is so high that I rarely read anything twice, but I re-read quite a bit of this excellent collection of short stories. I found the writing to be so beautiful and poignant that it was a painful effort to move past the end of one story to start reading another..

Few authors have a natural gift for reaching into my gut and pulling me into the story, but that was certainly the case here. The poetic aspects of this collection are so subtle that I lost myself in the pages trying to pin down the formula for the author's success.

I think a big part of it is the dialogue, which is stripped down and realistic. That goes a long way in getting me to keep turning the pages. You're never weighted down by extraneous detail, but neither are you left out on a limb trying to decipher who said what.

The stories themselves were original and entertaining. When I came to the couple of science fiction stories near the end, I wasn't sure that I would continue because it's generally not my favorite kind of story. But again, the narrative and dialogue were so incredibly good that I found myself enjoying those as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Adlerberg on December 28, 2013
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As I was reading this collection, I was struck by the great variety Richie Narvaez presents. He's a writer of admirable range, altering tone, approach, and structure from story to story. A common thread here of course is crime, and the stories do resonate with the spirit of noir, but Narvaez is not someone who uses genre predictably. All the people in these tales have a humanity you can feel. There's nothing glib or wise-guyish in the writing. That's not to say that the stories don't have humor, because they do, often with a satirical edge, but it's a humor that comes unforced from the characters - people with believable quirks and outlooks. Narvaez grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and he knows the area cold, how it's changed over the years, old-time neighborhood people mixing now with irritating hipsters. The story "Juracan" is set in Puerto Rico, and the island as it appears to a Bronx-born Puerto Rican guy is rendered with wonderful nuance. The protagonists in this collection run the gamut from Puerto Rican mothers to delivery truck drivers to hardened ex-convicts, and Narvaez knows them all equally well. I bought every single one of his characters. Most of the stories are contemporary, but towards the end of the collection we even get a couple of futuristic tales with a sci-fi quality. Technology may have changed, but the world is still a hard place to get by in and people are the same as ever, with the same yearnings, the same desires and foibles, the never ending need for love. Narvaez's stories are tough but understanding, and somehow, no matter how grim the actual goings on, they're delivered with a light touch. I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading whatever the author comes out with next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on July 28, 2013
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Violence, empathy and humor -- an unusual but winning combination in this collection of stories. Crime and noir books are so often engineered and formulaic, but Narvaez writes from character and social context, putting the reader effortlessly inside the real lives of real people. Together, the stories present a vivid quilt of the latino-American world. An easy-to-read collection that will stay with you, despite the apparent lightness. Recommended.
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