- File Size: 472 KB
- Print Length: 141 pages
- Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing (March 26, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 26, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007P6L8J4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,829 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Roachkiller and Other Stories Kindle Edition
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Daniel Thomas Moran
Stand aside Hammett, Ellroy, and Chandler: There's a new kid in town.
I think it is common to compare newer writers to the classic ones by creating some sort of mathematical formula. One part Hammett, add two parts Ellroy and a touch of Leonard and stir - that sort of thing.
After reading R. Narvaez's story collection, I have a hard time coming up with such a formula - the work is very fresh, inventive, full of touches of humour, brooding violence, suspense, and damn if he doesn't sneak some satire in there. Basically, this guy is the real deal - and sure, he has shades of lots of writers in the genre, from Pelecanos to Dick, as in Philip K. Wait - that sci-fi guy? Yeah, that one.
The first chunk of stories start on the streets of Brooklyn, with a pregnant numbers running housewife, and move down into Puerto Rico with the superb Juracan - a Maltese Falconesque story that is in the running for best of the collection (if there were not so damn many good ones). Later in the collection, the stories jump into the near future for some dystopian hard-boiled tales that bring up memories of Bladerunner, Oryx and Crake, and somehow even A Canticle For Leibowitz.
Now, to be clear, I only came up with these comparison when I started this review - in the midst of the stories, I was too lost in the characters. The problem with a lot of s.s. collections is you finish a story, where you were committed to the characters, and then another one starts up while you are still thinking of the previous ones. I kind of think this is why people don't read a lot of short stories. The jump cuts, and compression of the narrative is hard on the brain - and often, the stories are uneven.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished 23 months ago by dana kabel
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... Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Patrick
Too many bad words. DID NOT CARE FOR IT.
Would not recommend it. Maybe meant for younger male readers not for older people.
These 10 stories offer quite an assortment - several seem as if R. Narvaez tried to hard for a surprise ending; several are fantasy tales; one, is a variation of Ambrose Bierce's... Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by Bill Baker
I really enjoyed these noir stories, they are fresh and exhilarating and give a wonderful twist on the Puerto Rican/New York experience. Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by Abby Silvernale
Richie Narvaez is an amazing writer! When I first read his short story "Roachkiller," I knew I had to have him contribute to the anthology Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by NYC Reader
A really good bunch of short stories, starting strongly with In the Kitchen with Johnny Albino and ending bizarrely with Zinger. Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by Hannibal the Carthaginian
Dark, surprising, humorous, compassionate short stories with lots of page turning surprises. Narvaez knows what he's doing and he does it well. Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by William B. Keating
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.Published on July 10, 2012 by Terrence
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