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Tussinland Paperback – October 7, 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
This isn’t a cast of characters: it’s a bloody freak show.
The plot, stated briefly, is this: Paul Dunn is a hopeless schmuck – a failed high school teacher, temp worker and short order cook. He is constitutionally incapable of holding down a job or preserving a personal relationship. His last marriage fell apart when his wife, Tina, took up with Mark, a small time smack dealer who runs a used car business with his gang-banger high school chum, Jorge.
Dumped for a heroin dealer; now that is the epitome of pathetic!
Paul is living with his sex starved mother, Mavis, while he recovers from an on-the-job injury at a chain restaurant. He becomes the focal point of a circuitous scheme that involves a couple million dollars’ worth of heroin, the creation of a nascent militia organization, and a pair of ghastly murders in which Paul is the primary suspect.
Two things will keep the reader turning those pages: first, it is not clear until the last twenty pages of the book exactly who has dreamed up the goofy scheme that envelopes Paul or why; and second, every time the reader begins to think he or she knows what will happen next, Monson rolls another hand grenade through the doorway.
About two-thirds of the way to the book’s end, the reader simply throws up his hands and says “go for it!” Better to sit back and enjoy the ride than try to figure out the ultimate destination.
Like I said, this is one nutty hospital.
Monson, along with his partner Chris Rhatigan, is one half of All Due Respect magazine and the mag's new publishing arm, All Due Respect books. This is one of the new imprint's first offering. You are going to want to make room on your bookshelf for others -- this guys are putting out some great stuff.
The characters in this tale are not all as vicious and depraved as those in What Happens in Reno, the long novella Monson released earlier this year in which there wasn’t a single likeable individual. And there is a more directly humorous feeling to Tussinland than Monson’s other seriously hard-boiled 2014 offering, The Scent of New Death.
For much of his latest book, Monson is going for laughs. Not laugh-out-loud belly laughs: just a twisted, sardonic smile and the cavernous chuckle of a gravedigger.
Trust me – he ends up getting them, too.
Still, discussing the story’s various twists and turns would spoil Tussinland, so the less I explain, the better. Don’t worry – you are in good hands with Monson; the man knows what he is doing.
The electronic version is available now at Amazon for only $2.99 and the softcover version will be coming out shortly. Drop three bucks for a full day’s entertainment, then sit back, let the pages turn themselves and enjoy yourself. You will be glad you did.
What really stood out to me was Monson's take on social media and the power it plays in our lives. Murder, homophobia, heroin deals gone bad...none of these things are precluded from the world of Twittersphere or Youtube.
Tussinland is a damn fine read. If you're in the mood for a well written page turner, this book is for you. If you are apt to stew in the text you've read and the subtexts contained within, Monson's got you covered.
Monson takes this bizarre cast of characters and throws in murder, right wing militias, heroin overdoses, cancer, Internet videos, and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
It's a typical noir story with a guy down on his luck who seems like he's going away for a murder he didn't commit and there's no one who really gives a damn what happens to him. And the stakes keep getting Higher and higher as all the plot twists add up. Pretty much everyone in this is a cheating conniving goon. They all seem to be addicted to something or other.
The writing is tight and it's an intense ride to the end of the story. What a terrific read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got bored fairly early on, predicted a rush to wrap everything up without much detail in the last few pages & that's what...Read more