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Product Details

  • Series: A Tin House New Voice
  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Tin House Books (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935639056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935639053
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,815,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. When rail rider Michael Slater gets smacked in the head by a power line while riding a train through Detroit, it sets his life on a course no boxcar could follow. A few years later, working as a speed-popping video editor in New York, Slater is cursed with watching his past unfold on the screens in his editing suite. He watches the story of his fellow stowaway Harp Maitland and how the two of them—along with a cast of characters torn from an especially good police procedural—outrun drug dealers, crooked cops, and smalltown creeps without ever being particularly sympathetic: as Slater concludes, "the doomed... have no need for guilt." Sparling's debut is well crafted and thrilling, tying together an obvious love for both Michigan and railroads with an expert sense of timing and plot. The world he has created is both overwhelming and exhilarating, thanks in no small part to a large ensemble of memorable characters and a relentless pace. Indeed, hardly a page goes by without some sort of fantastic calamity throwing Slater and company into further turmoil—when the most peaceful passages of the story are speed-addled, that's saying something—but it's done so well that hopping off this runaway train would never cross a reader's mind. (June)
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“Sparling's debut is well crafted and thrilling, tying together an obvious love for both Michigan and railroads with an expert sense of timing and plot. The world he has created is both overwhelming and exhilarating, thanks in no small part to a large ensemble of memorable characters and a relentless pace. Indeed, hardly a page goes by without some sort of fantastic calamity throwing Slater and company into further turmoil—when the most peaceful passages of the story are speed-addled, that's saying something—but it's done so well that hopping off this runaway train would never cross a reader's mind.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review and Pick of the Week

“A strange, formidable novel about crossed signals and damage done, with plenty of peek-between-your-fingers moments for good measure."
Kirkus Reviews

“Sparling creates compelling, many-faceted characters and a nuanced portrait of a beautiful and tragic place. His writing is self-assured, suffused with a streetwise insouciance, always edgy, and frequently lyrical, particularly on the pleasures of riding the rails to find some kind of peace—or escape.”
Booklist

"In this impressive debut, Scott Sparling lends contemporary grunge to the genre as he embraces its trademark obsessions with sex, cash and dead ends. His all-too-human cast of contemporary boxcar drifters, glue sniffers and thugs is drawn in an impressionistic style that makes for stunning emotional depth."
Playboy

“Smart, thrilling, and darkly funny . . . it reads like lightning . . . a muscular cross between Jim Thompson and Cormac McCarthy.”
The Oregonian

“[Scott Sparling’s] first novel moves along at a gallop, as a gallery of misfits, fuckups, and outright crooks circle around a shady criminal enterprise in the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.”
Portland Mercury

“Electric . . . it crackles.”
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“An exciting chase through the mind and through Michigan . . . you don’t want to hop off or even go to the club car for a fast drink.”
—LansingOnlineNews.com

“The characters are as complex as the plot and Sparling does a masterful job of tangling them up while keeping the details lucid and telling.”
The Collagist

Wire to Wire ends up being what so many pulp writers think they’re making but end up missing: an exploration of the proper aims of existence.”
—Open Letters Monthly

“It’s rare to find so many interesting and compelling characters in a single book. Wire to Wire, the first novel from Portland-based author Scott Sparling, shines.”
Portland Book Review

"In the tradition of the great noir novels, Wire to Wire, is really
something. Like being in a stolen car with no brakes in a world of train
hopping, sex, violence, and drugs. It’s all edge from start to finish."
—Willy Vlautin, author of The Motel Life

“Scott Sparling writes like a man on fire, and Wire to Wire is the wickedly brilliant crime novel forged in the white-hot heat of his talent. It's an electrifying debut by a writer who knows the wrong side of town like the back if his hand. People, if there is a God, this book will win prizes.”
—Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff and The Devil All the Time

“Sparling's spare prose comes with a glint of wit and a persistent quirky intelligence that does two singular things--it completely seduces the reader and convincingly asserts that even the most hapless among us lead rich and complicated lives.”
—HTML Giant

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Written very well, easy to get lost in the pages.
DMDugan
"Wire to Wire" is an electrifying ride with a bunch of folks who live their lives on the edge in nearly every way.
R. Cepuch
Beautifully written, every word seems chosen for maximum impact.
AnnH

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Cepuch on May 10, 2011
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Quirky and clever and brilliantly written, like something from Tom Robbins or Christopher Moore - but darker and funnier. "Wire to Wire" is an electrifying ride with a bunch of folks who live their lives on the edge in nearly every way.

It's a book full of great lines. Here are just a few of my favorites:

* The power line kissed his forehead. It lit him up like a torch and lit the joint with 33,000 volts, but Slater never had a chance to inhale.

* "Mustard," Slater said. "A woman did that to me."

* Outside under the neon, Slater threw a small salute to the rotating statue. "You are a child of the universe," he told it. "You have a right to flap jacks."

* "We could try to find him," Lane said. "Good idea. You check North America. I'll check South."

Much of the action is set in Michigan, so be sure to watch for a well disguised reference or two to veteran Michigan rocker Bob Seger. More than 13 years ago, author Scott Sparling created SegerFile.com, easily the most comprehensive (and humorous) website about Seger.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alice Fogel on January 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Reading this novel, I couldn't get out of my head a running image of it as a movie version done by the Coen brothers, with so much violence and insanity and f-ing up that it had to be funny in a black humor sort of way. When you read in a blurb that it's a "crime novel," it isn't exactly what that makes you think. While almost everything that happens in this book is a crime, it's the psychological and emotional kind--depression, selfishness, narcissism, emptiness, fear, addiction, loneliness--that are the most wrenching; the others--murders, quirky disposals of corpses, drug abuse--are almost, well, numbing. Riding through it all are Sparling's clear, crisp, thoughtful sentences, and, equally compelling, the novel's structure, which mimics the cars of a train flashing by, or the images on a row of video screens. Scenes jump cut between time frames and characters, keeping the pace moving while rarely being disruptive or confusing. Echoes of form and content reverberate throughout, with a profound effect on the reader. We're left with the barely-tolerable ache that comes from trying to live with opposing desires impossible to choose between--to stay at home for a chance at love, comfort and connection, and to take off for the open motion of the unknown--the "now, now, now." To paraphrase one train-hopping character, it isn't the cars that'll kill you; it's the spaces between them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane Prokop on September 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
Scott Sparling's debut novel "Wire To Wire" is a dark panoramic view full of fleeting nightmares and bad memories racing across the electrified brain of Michael Slater. That's because while riding atop a train through Detroit his head meets a power line that almost kills him. The "electricity used Slater's body as a raceway, entering at his forehead and shooting through his feet, rearranging the molecules as it went." After having his skull cut open and surgically retooled, his perspective is changed forever.
A few years later, he's working as a video editor in New York in a cubicle with nothing to keep him company but speed and the visions of his past that insist on unfolding on the screens of his editing suite over and over and over again.
Slater recalls scenes from the desert when he was trying to live a regular life after recovering from his accident. In no time at all, he is sleeping with someone else's girl and running from a psycho back to Wolverine, Michigan where he falls in again with his fellow train-hopping friend Harp. Harp's girlfriend, Lane, is too much of a temptation to pass on and that creates a juicy love triangle. Soon Slater gets pulled into Lane's brother's nefarious ways and once again he is running for his life.
The story is classic noir fiction full of drug dealers, crooked cops, and glue-huffing losers. Sparling uses the train as a vehicle for moving the plot and the characters through a story that follows Slater and Harp through Northern Michigan's bleak wasteland. "There was woe spread all over Northern Michigan. They'd seen plenty on the road into town. Abandoned farmhouses in fields of purple wildflowers. Rusting double-wides with big cars in front. A long stretch of fence posts where no fence remained. And the signs. Stump blasting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tennessegerfan on September 21, 2011
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I need a sequel I need to know what happened with Slater and Demi :) Good reading, I found myself having a hard time putting it down. It was great and Now looking forward to your next one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon Bell on March 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
An exciting and engaging book that drew me in immediately. The characters seem so real, and despite the fact that they are all so obviously flawed from the get-go -- drugs, crime, betrayal -- you cannot help but care about them, back them, stay with them so you find out what happens to them. Sparling's writing is fresh and fast, and as someone with a deep connection to Michigan and especially the area that Wire to Wire is set in, I felt like I was right there all along, walking through the town streets, gazing out over the lake, listening to seedy classic rock cover bands and downing cheap beers in the local watering hole. Fantastic. This one is getting shared. A lot.
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