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The Reluctant Savage Paperback – August 30, 2013
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About the Author
A Tennessee hill boy who was very mobile in his youth, knew poverty both emotionally, financially, and entered the adult world dazzled by all the neon and glitter. Marriage, divorce, beautiful children, and despair followed. There have been many bright spots in my life: an AB Degree from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. I Taught high school 'Advance Writing,' acted on stage, film, television, and owned my own business. I write non-convoluted books, simple plots and interesting characters. Some of my novels are inspired by real life crime and true events. In each book I write I seem to find more pieces of me. Writing for me is better than the price of a psychiatrist. I'm back home again in Tennessee on the Cumberland Plateau... Maybe I'll find some pieces of my own puzzle left here many years ago.
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Top Customer Reviews
Billy Ray Chitwood's latest offering is firmly in the film noir category of mystery/thriller. I could almost smell the cigarette smoke and whisky, notwithstanding its modern setting. If it is ever filmed - and it does read rather like a film script - it should most certainly be done in black and white.
Mr Chitwood's central characters, Billy and Marcie, are anything but black and white. They are flawed individuals, ex lovers and potential ... well, let's not introduce any spoilers here, shall we?
The author employs a more stripped-down style of writing than I have encountered in the previous books of his I have read. The narrative is fast-paced, and his hallmark poetic prose passages are less evident. But then, he IS writing a page-turner, after all. The characteristic Chitwood moral ambivalence is, however, on full display.
Pick up a copy. You will whizz through it. I know I did.