- File Size: 1452 KB
- Print Length: 129 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1521220271
- Publisher: Near To The Knuckle (July 20, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 20, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IUDJBQ2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Well done, Paul Heatley.
Paul Heatley is one of the most compelling short story writers currently working in the UK, and An Eye For An Eye is a novella-length follow-up to his terrific story The Straightener (as published by Near To The Knuckle). Set in Heatley’s native North East, this is a grim, gripping thriller that oozes nastiness throughout. The narrative is enjoyably queasy, and splattered with regular doses of brutal, bloody violence. The circumspect Graeme Taylor is a great lead character – unflashy yet fully rounded – and I, for one, hope that Heatley seeks to explore this blasted, blighted environment again, as these characters have plenty more mileage left in them. British crime fiction doesn’t get much more vital – or more visceral – than this. Highly recommended.
Heatley has penned a dark, brooding, atmospheric slice of violent noir. Everything about this novella is done right; from the attention to the setting which helps set the bleak mood the story emanates, to the well fleshed out characters that come to life and breath the air of believability into the story. Heatley hits every high note, but does it with a poet’s touch. His characters, which were originally introduced in the short story The Straightener, are well fleshed out. Graeme, not the toughest thug on the street, is his main character. Graeme’s strength is his morality that comes through in a real-world manner; he doesn’t believe he is a moral man, but he knows his morality stands above the other thugs who reside in the same world as him. He displays a touch of compassion, without being pushover.
Graeme gets the call when the daughter of top mobster, Neil Doyle, loses an eye in an accident. Doyle, a man who makes anyone pay for making him look weak, will move heaven and earth to make the guilty party pay and he puts Graeme on the case. Graeme teams up with Tony, a non-affiliated man whom he knows he can trust. By looking outside the mob circle for a right hand man, Graeme lets us know that he is not a man on a leash, instead he is a free thinking man who balances the need to get the job done, with the knowledge that a job needs to be done right to be completed.
This novella is a brutally violent masterpiece. From dismemberments, heads concaved in from forceful hammer strikes, to men being comatosed though violent means, it has something for every noir and hardboiled fiction lover. This book screams to be read and recognized for the many strengths it possesses, and Paul Heatley deserves to be recognized for his ability to strip a novella down to its barest elements and have every one of them add a vital piece to a great story. There is nothing extraneous in this story, yet nothing is missing; indeed a hard balance to accomplish.
Paul Heatley’s Eye For An Eye is a brilliant and brutal novella with a fantastically drawn cast of characters. The father-son relationship between Graeme and his reluctant sidekick Tracksuit Tony is particularly marvellous and the book is as touching as it is violent. Very highly recommended. More Please!