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Syd and Marcy [Kindle Edition]

Beaird Glover
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Some people should die-- that's just unconscious knowledge.

“He didn’t respect me. I hate that.”
“You look too good, you know? They see a sexy woman and that’s all they see.”
“They should see the gun,” Marcy says.

From broken childhoods, Syd and Marcy find each other. They're the Deep South version of Sid and Nancy, living the punk rock dream as well as they know how. But in this one Marcy can only be strong when she has her gun, and Sydney is trying to help her get to Hollywood by filming her committing murder. A bad cop gets their camera, but doesn't have a dead body to go with it. The closer he gets to Syd and Marcy, the more he hates them for living a dream that he never could.


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"This book was not at all what I expected. A story of young love and idealism, this book is not... The mystery of the story is unique because it isn't about whodunit or how, but 'will Syd and Marcy get caught?'." (Awesome Indies)
      
"This book was like that old classic rock song "Take the Money and Run" mixed with a little bit of Natural Born Killers. Rich with darkness... a nice step away from your typical love/rampage novel... the details are so clear that you SEE this book as it unfolds more like a movie than a book." (AngelsintheUnderworld.com)
     
"In this viscerally impacting story laden with descriptive passages that create a near cinematic imagery for the reader, Glover has created a crazy romp that delivers far more than the premise would indicate... What emerges is a story that substitutes characters and their traits for complex issues with moral and ethical themes." (Gaele, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer)
     
"Glover's debut novel delivers an engaging Southern noir tale, in which bad decisions and shocking violence are the norm... The style is notable for its clarity... it may recall the dark, uncertain worlds of such writers as Jim Thompson and Flannery O'Connor." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • File Size: 1109 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bugady Books; Revised Second Edition edition (July 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ATRJWT4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, oddly comedic, intense...dark. March 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
First of all, the cover art is amazing. I never review on such things because they aren't worth my while but that's just the first thing. This book was like that old classic rock song Take The Money And Run mixed with a little bit of Natural Born Killers.

It's very dark and a nice step away from your typical love/rampage novel. You might think that you'll be getting a Bonnie and Clyde type book but you aren't. Trust me. Although it brought into a scary perspective just how warped our society has become that these stories DO happen...at least in America. From physical and emotional child abuse to Syd's jealous, crazy eyes, the details are so clear that you SEE this book as it unfolds more like a movie than a book.

Somehow the author weaves comedy into the dark reservoirs of the characters exploits. That alone was a feat because the story is so very malicious at its root. I felt safe reading it but when you are on the Highway again AFTER reading it you might look around you into other cars and feel uneasy somehow.

Some authors use short, pointed bursts of writing but this author uses long and detailed sentences which give it a more sophisticated feel. What I mean is that even just writing about how a character is looking at another character, the author is detailed to the point where you can SEE the looks, almost feel what the emotions are that are being felt.

If you liked Natural Born Killers, or if you like rich and darkly comedic love/murder rides (I hate comparing but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to review such a dark and intense read) you will still have to be prepared for this read. I wish to God I could find the right words...its dark, oddly interesting and you will not expect the ending. If you do, you're doing better than me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a surprisingly good read August 27, 2013
By ShimonZ
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought that this one might be interesting, but it was better than any expectations. This book might have some rough edges, as other reviewers mentioned, but it captures the reader in it's atmosphere, and it's a fast paced story with both humor and a sympathetic understanding of the issues connected to the subject. Mr. Beaird knows how to tell a story. And as wild and crazy as it might be, there's always a reminder of reality in the background. It was a pleasurable read, and I hope we'll see more from this fine author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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In this viscerally impacting story laden with descriptive passages that create a near cinematic imagery for the reader, Glover has created a crazy romp that delivers far more than the premise would indicate.

Dark and gritty the story is more than a tale of whodunit, but will the culprits be caught and when. As you ride along, the characters display hidden characteristics and rationale for their behavior that does increase your understanding, if not empathy, for even the most dysfunctional of them all. No, the characters are not someone you would want for a neighbor, they have too little impulse control and identify too strongly with their perceptions of their powerlessness in society, but they are realistically portrayed, nearly breathing as you read.

What emerges is a story that substitutes characters and their traits for complex issues with moral and ethical themes, providing the reader a true banquet of options to mull over once the last page is turned. Glover has a style that is not sparse, but intelligently and evocatively descriptive, and each word is specifically placed for a decided reaction. That is not to say you are guided to any one particular impression, but given a series of them to form your conclusions. Twisted and complex, with roadblocks and hidden obstacles this was a book that mystery lovers will enjoy, even without the whodunit.

I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark and interesting characters June 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this story to be kind of Natural Born Killers meets Deliverance meets Monk (or at least his chaotic doppelgänger). An interesting combination, to be sure, if not quite what I was expecting.

Mr. Glover has a good style and has created a cast of interesting, if largely uncongenial, characters. While Syd, Marcy and Sardis' lives/pasts are tragic and you do feel for them throughout, I had a bit of a hard time with the fact that almost every (even incidental) character is debauched or flawed in some elemental way. I suppose this is a statement on the backwoods South but, while it may be somewhat true, it leaves you with a bit of a creep (which may be the author's intent). The detective is a bit too accurate at times, too (even commented on by another character in a line I snickered out loud at: "I'm sure they broke a twig somewhere and you'll go straight to them tomorrow."). He of course also has a dark side that adds a different dimension to how the story plays out. I will also say that, although I don't know that I *liked* the ending, it will certainly surprise you.

A bit more humor might have added to the stars for me, but overall it was an intriguingly twisted look into the psyche of Southern culture and moral consciousness that leaves you with a dilemma of sympathy for the unlikeliest of characters.

And the amazing cover art will instantly draw you in!

**I received a free copy of this book for an honest review**
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange
A very strange story. Interesting characters, if somewhat stereotypical. Fast paced, multiple twists. Couldn't guess where the plot was going next. Recommended.
Published 19 months ago by Roxie's Mum
2.0 out of 5 stars A very strange book
I read all of it, but afterward I wondered why. The characters were not well fleshed out, in my opinion, and the story was, well...just strange. Read more
Published 20 months ago by muffiemae
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the flaws and enjoy the story
This is an exceptionally good story which has all the elements necessary to become a cult classic. I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad these were characters in a book
There are probably really people like this, but I hope to never meet them. The story moved fast and once I started it, I wanted to get finished. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Had and marcy
Holy cow!!! This is one twisted, bumpy ride! Great characters...well written...a real page turner! Set in the south, you have murder, incest and damaged psyches. Recommended!!
Published 22 months ago by melody
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Insanity
It isn't an easy feat, making you root for the bad guys. It's an even harder feat to make you root for the bad guys when they're not quite bad... or good... or even half-sane. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Marshall Hanks
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, excellent first novel
I thought the writing was excellent, the characters well-developed but the plot a bit too Bonnie and Clyde for me. Liked the ending. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Happy retiree
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Syd and Marcy get caught?
Syd and Marcy have found one another and seem to complete one another. Hollywood and fame call their names and anyone who gets in their way can just die. Literally. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Kate Policani
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrill Ride with a Healthy Dose of Reality
Most of the time death in action-packed literature and film is given as much integrity as it is in a video game, but not here. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Sebastian Briglia
3.0 out of 5 stars A Diamond in the Rough
I really would like to give this book 4 stars because it's a great story, but it's rather rough around the edges. Read more
Published on May 25, 2013 by Kass
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Beaird Glover lives in New Orleans with his wife, Kim Martin, and their two house cats. Syd and Marcy is his first published novel.

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