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Tower: A Novel (English Edition) Kindle电子书
From opposite perspectives, two master authors spin a chilling tale.
Nick's father is a stand-up Irishman -- once a cop, now a security guard in the World Trade Center's North Tower -- but Nick does not take after his old man. He's 'got the bad drop,' meaning he only cares about booze, violence, and getting into trouble with his best friend, Todd, a low-level hood connected to the Boston mob. Todd inducts Nick into the world of petty crime. What starts as a bit of good fun -- robbing apartments, scoring weed -- turns serious as Todd gets closer to the inner circle. He may not love violence as much as Nick does, but he's about to get more than his fair share.
The first collaboration by beloved mystery authors Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman, Tower is as uncompromisingly brutal as the work that made them famous. They each tell the story once -- Bruen from Nick's perspective, and Coleman from Todd's. Their narratives hinge on a single, blistering question: How can friendship survive in an underworld built on pain?
"It's a story as old as hard-boiled fiction, but Bruen, the prolific and gifted Irishman, and Coleman, his new partner in crime, have given it new life... Bruen's prose is some of the leanest, meanest writing crime fans will find, and Coleman's more discursive style amplifies and explicates the story, in the same way that John Coltrane's lyrical saxophone built on the clipped trumpet ideas of Miles Davis. The result is more than the sum of its parts, and it brings to mind Dennis Lehane's brilliant Mystic River. Readers who like their streets mean, and their criminals and cops meaner, will love Tower." -- Booklist
"Plot plays second fiddle to the specifics of sharply etched characters relayed in a prose style that frequently lands a punch to the gut. VERDICT: These two writers have amassed a mantle full of prizes and bevies of fans; much of the fun they must have had playing off each other comes across in this successful collaboration." -- Library Journal
"Busted Flush Press has just released its first original novel... billed as a crime tale, and what a tale it is.... Tower is a brutal, and sometimes tender, noir novel that careens through Brooklyn, Manhattan, Boston and Philadelphia, leaving you breathless and stunned." -- Shelf Awareness
"Brutally poetic... Bruen and Coleman shine... displaying all the literary chops that have made their novels such cult favorites among mystery fans." -- Publishers Weekly
"With Tower, Bruen and Coleman deliver an unflinching, yet moving portrait of friendship in the face of blood, dishonor, and death." -- Peter Spiegelman, Shamus Award-winning author of Red Cat
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- ASIN : B00KFDR2BM
- 出版社 : mysteriouspress.com (2014年6月1日)
- 出版日期 : 2014年6月1日
- 语言 : 英语
- 文件大小 : 1303 KB
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- 纸书页数 : 172页
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Without ruining the story, per a short summary of a relatively short book, it covers a brief period in the early adult life of two guys raised in Brooklyn when they both were getting into some illegal activities. To even discuss the approach the authors took in writing the book could spoil some of the subtle twists in it.
I've had difficulty getting into almost every book I've read written by Ken Bruen. This was no exception; however, as with the others, that changes quickly. Once I got into it, the story moved very quickly and I had difficulty putting it down. My reading enjoyment had one major exception which was the graphic detail about a murder (something I try to avoid in selecting novels). That was a very minor part of the book and it may well have added to the importance of the events that followed . My tendency also is to avoid prologues, but for some reason I read this one and it did add to the intrigue.
If you enjoy books by either of these authors and/or if you enjoy "crime novels" in general, I'd recommend this one. I must conclude here by saying that every time I read a book by one of these two guys, I am left with the thought: " there are those with true talent; then, there's the rest of us"...