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Federales (One Eye Press Singles) Paperback – March 4, 2014
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"Christopher Irvin s FEDERALES is an absolute gut-punch of a novella. The story of one man s search for redemption and justice within a Mexican system that has long-forgotten the meaning of either will haunt you long after the last page is turned." --Todd Robinson, author of The Hard Bounce
"FEDERALES is a sweaty, feverish sojourn into a fetid limb of the Mexican drug war, where sentiment, principles and fellow feeling have no place. Christopher Irvin's read will carry you swiftly through to the fitting end." --Sam Hawken, author of The Dead Women of Juárez
"In his debut novella, Christopher Irvin deftly captures the frustration and futility of the Mexican Drug War. Part character study, part thriller, FEDERALES reads as a brutally human parable that tells a story that is sadly all too real." --Johnny Shaw, Anthony Award winning author of Big Maria and Dove Season
About the Author
Christopher Irvin has traded all hope of a good night s rest for the chance to spend his mornings writing dark and noir fiction. His short stories have appeared in several publications, including Thuglit, Noir Nation, and Shotgun Honey. He lives with his wife and son in Boston, Massachusetts. For more, visit christopherirvin.net.
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Then there's this sentence: "Smelled of industrial cleaner with a hint of unmistakable foul coppery smell." That's an awful sentence no matter what your personal tastes are.
Like I said, though, the story feels authentic. It's loosely inspired by a true story and you can see the author's passion on the topic shine through. For the first 3/4 of the book, at least.
At around the 75% mark on my Kindle this story flew off the rails. It started as a character-building exercise and then inexplicably becomes a pulpy action story. In fact, you could almost present the last %25 of the story as a standalone with no relation to the first part. The way the supporting characters were written off really disappointed me. There was no closure for them at all.
My only other issue was how reminiscient this story is of the Denzel Washington flick, "Man on Fire." Ex cop with a drinking problem is hired to protect a woman and child in Mexico, ultimately fails, then struggles for redemption.
Chris Irvin has a lot of talent, but also some rough corners that need to be smoothed. I'd have no problem reading more of his work and wouldn't dissuade you from reading this piece, no matter its flaws.
The writing is pitch-perfect, the corruption revealed in a series of broken trust moments, and there is enough Mexico detail to satisfy insiders. I'd love to see some prequel stories with the main character from this author, who shows how well he is able to deal with the ambiguity and corruption associated with his subject. The author's tribute to the true-life mayor who inspired the story is serious and heartfelt.
I admit, after seeing how much some people in the industry that I respect enjoyed and praised this book, I came in with high expectations. What I read fell short.
I stand by the appreciation of Irwin's prose, and have no doubt the perfect story from him is still to come.
Reading it, I was reminded in good ways of other works in a similar vein- most notably Don Winslow's superb Savages, and the movie The Counselor (with dialogue by Cormac McCarthy). If you can compare in good ways with pros like these, you're doing it right.
One shudders to realize the book is based on real-life events. It is a murderous chronicle that plumbs the nasty corners of human existence, and deals with the age-old question of attempting any moral path in an immoral world. It captures the essence of noir, where all the choices are bad, corruption is everywhere, and almost no one ends happily.
Since this is a debut novella from Irvin, we can look for big things in future work.
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