Galveston

Galveston

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Baker & Taylor
After being diagnosed with lung cancer, Roy Cady kills the men hired by his loan shark boss to kill him, and flees to Galveston, Texas with a prostitute and her young sister, where they face more problems.

Blackwell Publishing
"Galveston is a haunting and haunted tale, beautifully rendered, an uncommonly well-written thriller moving in its descriptions of people struggling to escape the gravity of the past amid a ruinous landscape."---Kem Nunn, author of Tijuana Straits

"Galveston is an assured debut full of hard truths, a throwback novel that ends up shouldering the noir genre forward."---Chuck Hogan, author of Devils in Exile and Prince of Thieves

"Pizzolatto, like the great Richard Ford...expresses [his characters'] dissatisfaction in precise language, drawing readers into perfectly realized, frequently unconventional scenarios."---Booklist

"Nic Pizzolatto's beautiful, lucid prose seems to flow like water or like music. He knows how to write in the marrow of his bones. This will be the first of many brilliant books. Hooray for talent, that rare and lovely gift of the gods."---Ellen Gilchrist, author of Victory Over Japan and Nora Jane

"Nic Pizzolatto is one of the most exciting young writers to come along in ages. His collection is first-rate, and Pizzolatto is going to be wowing us for a long, long time to come."---Steve Yarbrough, author of the Oxygen Man and Prisoners of War

"These brilliant, if often bleak, stories offer a world of choices and realities. You want to stay awhile with these characters---some of them won't look you in the eye, but follow that sidelong glance; there will be something worth seeing there, something unforgettable."---The New Orleans Times-Picayune

Recalling the moody violence of the early novels of Cormac McCarthy and Denis Johnson, a dark and visceral debut set along the seedy wastelands of Galveston by a young writer with a hard edge to his potent literary style

On the same day that Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he senses that his boss, a dangerous loan-sharking bar-owner, wants him dead. Known "without affection" to members of the boss's crew as "Big Country" on account of his long hair, beard, and cowboy boots, Roy is alert to the possibility that a routine assignment could be a deathrap. Which it is. Yet what the would-be killers do to Roy Cady is not the same as what he does to them, which is to say that after a smoking spasm of violence, they are mostly dead and he is mostly alive.

Before Roy makes his getaway, he realizes there are two women in the apartment, one of them still breathing, and he sees something in her frightened, defiant eyes that causes a fateful decision. He takes her with him as he goes on the run from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas---an action as ill-advised as it is inescapable. The girl's name is Rocky, and she is too young, too tough, too sexy-and far too much trouble. Roy, Rocky, and her sister hide in the battered seascape of Galveston's country-western bars and fleabag hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pickup trucks, and ashed-out hopes. Any chance that they will find safety there is soon lost. Rocky is a girl with quite a story to tell, one that will pursue and damage Roy for a very long time to come in this powerful and atmospheric thriller, impossible to put down. Constructed with maximum tension and haunting aftereffect, written in darkly beautiful prose, Galveston announces the arrival of a major new literary talent.

Baker
& Taylor

On the same day he finds out that he is terminally ill, Roy Cady discovers that his boss has put out a hit on him, and, determined to die on his own terms, he narrowly escapes an attempt on his life and flees from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas, his only companions being a young prostitute and her 3-year-old sister.

Simon and Schuster
Recalling the moody violence of the early novels of Cormac McCarthy and Denis Johnson, a dark and visceral debut set along the seedy wastelands of Galveston by a young writer with a hard edge to his potent literary style

On the same day that Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he senses that his boss, a dangerous loan-sharking bar-owner, wants him dead. Known “without affection” to members of the boss’s crew as “Big Country” on account of his long hair, beard, and cowboy boots, Roy is alert to the possibility that a routine assignment could be a deathtrap. Which it is. Yet what the would-be killers do to Roy Cady is not the same as what he does to them, which is to say that after a smoking spasm of violence, they are mostly dead and he is mostly alive.

Before Roy makes his getaway, he realizes there are two women in the apartment, one of them still breathing, and he sees something in her frightened, defiant eyes that causes a fateful decision. He takes her with him as he goes on the run from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas—an action as ill-advised as it is inescapable. The girl’s name is Rocky, and she is too young, too tough, too sexy—and far too much trouble. Roy, Rocky, and her sister hide in the battered seascape of Galveston’s country-western bars and fleabag hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pickup trucks, and ashed-out hopes. Any chance that they will find safety there is soon lost. Rocky is a girl with quite a story to tell, one that will pursue and damage Roy for a very long time to come in this powerful and atmospheric thriller, impossible to put down. Constructed with maximum tension and haunting aftereffect, written in darkly beautiful prose, Galveston announces the arrival of a major new literary talent.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2010
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439166642
1439166641
Characteristics: 258 p. ; 24 cm

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Pisinga
Oct 06, 2013

After reading the first chapter, I thought I would start talking using a teen slang – putting the word "like" after every word. I also thought that the book is about the fight between gangs. But it was not. Yes, there are fights, but it's not the point. It turned out that the book is pretty good. And well written, conveying human emotions without unnecessary frills. Only the name of the novel "Galveston" could be different, because it sounds like "guide" for tourists. Although, in a way it is - Guide to Galveston, but not to its beaches and hotels for "golden" youngsters, but to the places that show the real side of life of many people, which sometimes bordering with “cloaca” of relations between persons. The novel leaves a strong impression, although heavy.

An excellent debut that brings to mind the best of Daniel Woodrell.

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Oct 07, 2013

“You have to be very careful how you use your memories.”

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