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While the Devil Waits by [Meeks, Jackson]
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  • File Size: 419 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: New Pulp Press (June 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055PKC80
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This book follows the unnamed narrator from his decision to take part in a robbery until the consequences for his actions come to fruition. The narrator is a nice enough guy who doesn't look to trouble others, is willing to cede to other's their right to do, say or feel what they desire, and is really just looking to break the monotony of his existence. The only problem for him is he is a bit unstable, a bit unreliable, and a bit violent...which is where the fun of the book kicks in.

I enjoyed the book immensely and would not hesitate to pick up another book by the author. New Pulp Press has a knack for publishing books that are great character studies of skewed minds and this book is a perfect example of that. Quick read and worth every minute you invest.
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The book didn't flow for me and I kept hoping it would lure me in at some point, but that didn't happen. I never felt like I was in the story experiencing what the characters were doing or feeling. Although the story is told from the main characters point of view you don't really get to know who he is or why he did the things he did. There's no depth at all to the main character and that was frustrating for me. Note: There are some racial slurs in the book said by Travis and that is the only thing that sticks out about Travis--He was a racist.
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I love this book and highly recommend it to all those with a penchant for ultra-bleak, nihilistic modern noir. I'm reading it for the second time now and it's just as effective as I remembered - the feeling of this novel really sticks to you. The author does a great job with the main character's voice - his blank, flat affect is haunting. It reminds me of Camus' "The Stranger".

"While the Devil Waits" is a real trip into the void. It's one of my favorite novels from the catalog of New Pulp Press, which has been bringing our some of the best new voices in contemporary crime and noir fiction. I also recommend "The Disassembled Man", "Rabid Child", "The Bastard Hand" and "Hell on Church Street" to anyone who appreciates this dark, unhinged, disturbing and violent vein of crime writing. If you like the classic work of Jim Thompson, Charles Willeford, David Goodis, Gil Brewer, you'll enjoy these books.

"While the Devil Waits" author Jackson Meeks also wrote "The Soul Plumber", available on Amazon as an e-book - it's another dark and twisted tale in the Jim Thompson tradition.
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Loved it, this is definitely a one sitting read. A deadpan funny and often shocking first person psycho noir type crime story about a rather peculiar nameless individual whose mind is so odd that he's like an alien being among us. Or maybe he's the only normal one. Our guy is very nice and polite and takes care of his ailing mother. So when an old buddy asks him for help with a fast food joint robbery, he doesn't want to disappoint and agrees to go along just to be polite. But then he needs to get a gun, and he discovers that he really likes the feel of it in the palm of his hand. Things go south from there, really south... A kind of deadpan existential comedy with bursts of shocking violence, this novel is quite unique in tone and content even though it also references and echoes a number of seminal novels and films. Reminded me a little of Jim Thompson's A Killer Inside Me as well as The Stranger by Camus, with a bit of Taxi Driver and even a whiff of Kafka. A uniquely disturbing and hilarious ride to the end of the line which you won't soon forget!
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I'm not sure if I only liked this book or if I really loved it. Comparisons to Camus certainly make sense, but the explosive violent parts remind me of the elevator scene in Drive or DeNiro in Taxi Driver.

This is a quick read and the shockingly aloof nature of the narrator kept the pages turning. I had to find out what was going to happen next. The tone reminded me of "Hell on Church Street," so if you dig psycho noir, this is an great addition to your shelves.
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