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Beyond that, Pitts presents a great array of characters. My special favorite was Quinn, the psycho with movie-star looks. After that came Tremblay, the booze-soaked coke fiend bad ex-cop. But there are many other well-developed personalities beyond that, notably Carl Bradley, the compassionate old retired cop.
Pitts also did an excellent job of keeping his central plot twist under wraps.
The answer is yes. Just yes.
The latest from the powerhouse Down & Out Books, American Static takes you deep into a world where no one is who or what the seem. It's all about hidden motives and lies and settling scores that are decades old. Turns out revenge is always on the menu. And Steven? Who the hell knows what's up with him. Quinn had such high hopes for him, maybe even a protege. But, no . . .
In the back of my head, there was a steady Glenn Frey soundtrack, "You always carry weapons because you always carry cash."
Another character in the book was San Francisco herself. The author's knowledge of the streets and neighborhoods gives American Static the vibrancy of authenticity as he takes you on the twists and turns of shaking off a tail. I know I couldn't drive there, but Tom can and it's a thrill ride.
Noir at its best. You won't be disappointed. Note this: NOIR. If you're expecting nobility, polite discourse, and happy endings wrapped up in a bow, you need the My Little Pony department down the hall. It's cool. Not every book is for everybody.
I keep worrying Pitts won't live up to his last book. I'm going to stop. He keeps getting better.
AMERICAN STATIC is a classic criminal revenge story. What makes it better than most novels of its ilk is how well it's told. You don't know what's really going on until past the half point, which is how thrillers should be done. Tom Pitts leads you to narrow corridors, which lead to bigger rooms, which lead to a central point you can't possibly know about until you made your way there. Feel me? That's what great storytellers do, use your perception against you. The story of AMERICAN STATIC will not blow you away with its originality, but it's powerful delivery will keep you engaged for its entire duration. Had a great time with this book.
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