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Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed: A Novel Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Blatte's inartful debut presents a murder investigation through the eyes of three characters: a traditional NYPD detective, Sal Messina (aka Black Sallie Blue Eyes); a young thug called Scholar, who manages Proof Positive, a hip-hop group; and Spahiu Congoli (aka Vooko), a refugee from Kosovo. When Vooko's cousin Pashko is gunned down in a Manhattan parking lot, Vooko vows revenge on those responsible. Black Sallie, who's developed an uncanny shit detector, pursues leads ranging from players in the music industry to Sheldon Kessler, an influential real estate mogul. What little insight Blatte, a Clio Award–winning songwriter and producer, offers into the music business doesn't compensate for mundane prose ("Four dudes emerged from the heat and flames and came to a swift halt once they saw several officers with drawn guns") and a routine plot. (Mar.)
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"A rollicking page-turner that engrosses the reader from page onea unique, hip, urban whodunit that ushers in a new voice to the mystery genre." John Burdett, author, Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Haunts
"Marc Blatte writes like a freight train on fire. Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed is as elegantly twisted and satisfying as the best urban crime novels . . . as crackling and colorful as the city of New York itself." Fred Berner, executive producer, Law & Order
"A dark, witty, and often brilliant novel . . . such shocking good fun, you won't feel guilty about laughing at all the carnage." Mystery Scene
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It's a galloping sort of novel, told with skill and a great deal of wisdom.
I personally think that this book book should be ready by everyone who is a serious musician, because it really opened up my eye's and I cannot wait for the movie adaptation.
Marc Blatte has struck gold with this great book.
The book works great as a detective novel, but it's also a love letter to New York City.
I found it interesting how the depiction of so many unsavory characters left me feeling good about belonging to my species. That's the writer's gift to us.
Blatte displays a flair for writing convincing character psychology. For writing characters that don’t just act real, but think real. Making them feel real. It’s a strength of the novel, and it gets the reader invested, engaged—less emotionally—more through curiosity, like roaming through a freak show, gawking at the human accidents. There’s the Bearded Lady, next to Reptile Boy, across from the Human Pretzel. And Blatte definitely piles up the freak quotient; events becoming exponentially weirder as the novel progresses.
The novel doesn’t feel gritty, though; it shows us the filth sliming the walls, coagulating in the gaps between floorboards, befouling the air. But it doesn’t wallow in it. It doesn’t stick your nose down in it, whacking your bottom with a newspaper, screaming “Bad Dog.” It’s a journey through the circles of hell wearing an Asbestos suit. Protective. A slight feeling of safety. Showing some restraint.
When I tackle a new mystery novel, I want something different. I want a backstage pass to someplace I haven’t been before. Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed is the cool roadie, the one that lets you backstage, lets you into the party. A party not filled with people, but with Characters. Capital C-type characters. Like the crazy grandpa everyone refers to “as quite the character.” Larger-than-life people in which the word captivating understates their magnetic personalities. It’s enjoyable, fun. And a promising start for a new writer.
So when I learned Marc had published a novel, I bought it on Amazon that day.
I'm only sorry to admit, I didn't get to know Marc much better than just professionally.
He has a wicked sense of humor, a great ear for dialogue, is a brilliant observer of the human condition.... and has got the music part down like Dre on a good day. This book is a real and authentic as they come. As a big fan of the genre, I can't say enough for the characters, the plot, the twists, the inability to put this book down. My only regret is we didn't become best friends.
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