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A Long Slow Screw Paperback – October 8, 2009
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A Long Slow Screw tends to lean toward the pulp end of things but it doesn't suffer from the standard cliches. There are 4 characters the drive the overall narrative: Jake, Joe, Blue and Easy. Admittedly, Jake is the most likable of the bunch but I found Joe and Blue to be a bit more complicated. Their characters developed with a bit more subtlety. The narrative turns toward Jake's upbringing and childhood seemed abrupt and rattled the story. I found myself re-reading the sections where these historical tidbits were placed.
Overall, I liked the book. I'm a fan of Eugene's music and he's a cool guy too. It was nice to read his book out of want rather than feeling like the obligatory fan. If you're looking for Oxbow on paper though, you're looking in the wrong place. Eugene is more than a front man and a fighter...and he exemplifies this rather well in his first novel.
Robinson paints characters as brash as they are likeable. The weavings of the plot will make you think and force you to take notes.
The thinking man has written a novel for the thinking classes.
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Back then video games were "Asteroids" and if you had a lot of money, you could watch a movie on a Betamax disk, everybody wore polyester suits and big hair, a $2.5 million contract for Catfish Hunter was a lot of money, the subways were filthy and crumbling, and anyone over the age of 50 complained about that godawful music we were playing, such classic songs as "Disco Lady," "Disco Inferno," and the unforgettable "Disco Duck." Because of that, I don't whinge to my daughter about Lady Gaga et al.
Crime stories, especially those told from the point of view of the criminal, often fall apart in execution and results, which is the nature of both fiction and reality. Criminals are not often a very bright lot -- if they knew how to succeed in life, they would, and not resort to crime.
I had a good time with this book, and a reader looking for a good story and some 1970s New York nostalgia will, too.