- File Size: 294 KB
- Print Length: 124 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crossroad Press & Macabre Ink Digital; First Digital Edition edition (January 5, 2011)
- Publication Date: January 5, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004I6D54U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,299 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story: Grey, a drifter deeply troubled by an unsavory past, stumbles across his long-lost foster sister Ellie, slumped across his doorstep with a knife in her side. He manages to save her life, but before he can learn what happened to her, she disappears again--leading Grey to Los Angeles in search of her. His journey takes him up against sleazy Hollywood agents, porn stars, pimps and drug dealers, in a whirlwind of noir conventions turned on their ears.
The pace of The Last Deep Breath is lightning-fast, and stays centered furiously on Grey, an intriguingly damaged protagonist. But what I really love about this book is how Piccirilli pulls out all these ideas we have about noir fiction, shows us the undersides of them, and then deftly displays new ways they can be used.
A good example is the opening bit:
She turned over in bed, ran her fingers through the wet thatch of his chest hair, and said, "I want you to kill my husband." Grey wasn't surprised. It seemed like every third woman he ran into wanted her husband dead. No divorce. No let's get him into AA or rehab. No he's the father of my children, sweet baby Jesus he deserves a second chance. No smack him in the teeth and leave him bleeding in the gutter.
Right away, Piccirilli takes a concept as old as Cain (James M., that is) and lets us know that, no, he's not gonna go that route because it's too easy.
And he does that sort of thing all through the book--giving us a glimpse at the old way of doing it before tossing it aside and doing it the Piccirilli way.
The Last Deep Breath is an immensely satisfying noir. Be sure to take a few deep breaths before you read it, because you'll be holding your breath the whole time.
The protagonist has the same love of old movies,vintage cars and the same mission for revenge as the characters in other Piccirilli books. Maybe the author was practicing for the later books and just threw this novella in to see if we were paying attention.
Anyway, not a bad story and short enough not to bore your socks off. This is a good choice if you need to fill an hour until something better comes along. Probably worth the ninety nine cents I spent on my kindle down-load
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The characters this Author carries on in his head ( and heart, I imagine ) are all deeply flawed, deeply sad, and deeply human, all of them having someting we can relate to.
This book is another example of Picirilli's deeply mooving universe, of the sadness, crazyness and greyness surrounding everybody ( us all ), perfectly exploring the ambivalence of feelings that are so common, so human.
And, again, as always, the whole packed in fast speed action, in an unputdownable package.
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