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The Prone Gunman (City Lights Noir) Paperback – June 1, 2002
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The plot revolves around a hired killer who is looking to retire and hook back up with the girl he had left behind some years before. Of course, nothing goes as planned. The family of a prior hit is after him, his bosses do not want him to retire and our "hero" himself is simply emotionally unprepared for a normal existence. Added to this is that the characters with whom he interacts are all morally vacuous. A reader will not find any sentimentality in this book. He will, however, find a lot of excitement.
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, fun and well written book. The author passed away years ago, but it is clear he was a really good writer and knew how to get to a point quickly and move a plot along at a rapid pace.
Basic premise, a local town thug is returning to pick up his previous girlfriend from back when lived there. His problem is that he's a hitman and he's being followed by his connections angry that he hasn't done one last job for him. It seems like a tired story but what makes this work is that the whole town and everyone he meets adds to the story in a way that makes it feel fresh. First, nobody is really an idiot here. One character does stuff that seems like frankly slutty behavior only you realize it's a survival mechanism.
When I say no one's an idiot, I mean everyone is ready to do exactly what they need to stay alive and they are ready to do absolutely anything. It's that animal like intensity that makes the book so great. It's like watching those nature documentaries where a lions chase down buffaloes but the camera doesn't cut away from the kill or for that matter all the eating. Manchette gets that life outside of established civilized norms is nasty and short. He doesn't back off on it.
I'm hoping more of his stuff gets translated. He's an extremely consistent writer. Also, his works are short. You never feel like you wasted time.
Also, you should buy this book cause it's one more nail in the coffin of Sean Penn as any kind of actual artist. Everything he wanted to say politically was already built into this book but he's too old, too dumb, and too full of himself to go with it. He had a near impossible to miss target and succeeded wildly in screwing it up
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Interesting story but not up to "would read it again" standards.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really? A hackneyed story written many times before.
This has only been re-issued in 2015 to boost Sean Penn's new movie.
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