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Galveston (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Nic Pizzolatto
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An often incandescent fever dream of low-rent, unbearable beauty ... "Galveston," in its authenticity and fearless humanism, recalls only the finest examples of the form -- Dennis Lehane The New York Times 20100716 Galveston is an assured debut full of hard truths, a throwback novel that ends up shouldering the noir genre forward Chuck Hogan A carefully crafted work shrouded in dark Southern landscapes Time Out Chicago


From the creator of the hit HBO series True Detective comes a powerful, gleaming-dark thriller rich with Southern atmosphere.

Roy Cady is by his own admission 'a bad man'. With a snow flurry of cancer in his lungs and no one to live for, he's a walking time-bomb of violence. Following a fling with his boss's lover, he's sent on a routine assignment he knows is a death trap. Yet after a smoking spasm of violence, Roy's would-be killers are mostly dead and he is mostly alive.

Before Roy makes his getaway, he finds a beaten-up woman in the apartment, and sees something in her frightened, defiant eyes that causes a crucial decision. He takes her with him on the run from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas, permanently entwining their fate along a highway of seedy bars and fleabag hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pick-up trucks, and ashed-out hopes, with death just a car-length behind.

Nic Pizzolatto's highly acclaimed, Edgar Award-nominated thriller announces the arrival of a major new talent for fans of Dennis Lehane, James Lee Burke and Breaking Bad.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Packend 18. Oktober 2014
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Gut geschrieben, stellenweise ein bisschen langatmig, aber ich habe mich dann über das nächste, packende Kapitel gefreut. Und das Ende tröstet darüber hinweg, dass manche Zustandsbeschreibungen einfach zu viel des Guten waren.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good, not a masterpiece 24. Mai 2014
Von Giacomo
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For those of you who watched and loved the True Detective TV series, here you can find its origin in want nuances of landscape, characters and atmosphere. Nicely written, will keep you hooked to the next page.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Etikettenbschwindel 1. September 2014
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Fängt gut an, redet cool daher, dann folgen lange Durststrecken mit faden Dialogen.
Der Ich-Erzähler, ein brutaler Bursche, pflegt den Stil eines verunglückten Lyrikers
und verwöhnt mit verunglückten Sprachbildern. Inhaltlich stützt sich das Ganze stark
auf die derzeit übliche Mär vom die Tochter vergewaltigenden Vater, Standardhintergrund
aller irgendwie auch gesellschaftskritisch ambitionierten "noir"-Bastler. Feministinnen
und Genderisten werden's ihm danken. Der Autor hätte nochmal Chandler lesen sollen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bitter 6. August 2014
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Traurig, finster, hart ... und recht kurz. Vom Creator von "True Detective". Ich hoffe, er schreibt noch viele Bücher dieser Art.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Haunting noir 16. Juni 2010
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Galveston is exceptionally well-written, a Southern noir that takes recognizable genre types (the tough, smart mob enforcer and the spirited young woman) and plows deep, deep, deep into their psyches and souls. Roy Cady, the narrator and main character, is pretty much a triumphant creation; he knows that his strengths and his weaknesses are more acute than the typical, assimilated dude, and he is fully aware of the harm he can inflict, but he also seems to hit upon wells of compassion and bravery that are both surprising and completely earned. And his voice is an uncompromising wonder.

One reviewer here calls Galveston a redemption tale, but I think that may be putting too sunny a spin; there is no promise that the possible redemption offered has been worth the costs paid (a tour of the Inferno, with glimpses at Purgatory). It is more a novel about seemingly marginal individuals clawing tooth and nail for their humanity, and the world (and, quite often, their own instincts) fighting them at every step. There's a cinematic clarity, and an irresistibly dark pull, to the narrative, and the language often sings out with the sort of violent, seemingly off-hand vernacular poetry of a Denis Johnson or a Roberto Bolano (minus his post-Beat mannerisms).

Recommended for folks interested in noir novels that not only satisfy your itch for genre strengths like expert plotting and unceasing atmospherics, but that may also exceed your expectations in terms of characterization and depth of feeling.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "The clouds of the old MGM Westerns" 10. Juni 2010
Von Cardiff Giant - Veröffentlicht auf
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"Galveston" is a first-rate page-turner, and, thank god, not for any cheap manipulations or torn from the headlines hooks, but for characters I can relate to -- emotionally, at least -- who are yanked relentlessly and often brutally into situations I can not relate to -- physically, at least. (What a concept -- a novel with characterization worthy of a "literary hit" and a plot worthy of the crime genre's masters!) What can be said except that Roy Cady escaped Springsteen's "Nebraska" album; thankfully, he found a home in Nic Pizzolatto's first novel.

Once you've finished, Pizzolatto's craftsmanship truly hits you -- his structure renders any melodramatics moot and lets you focus on the human journey, the human costs on Roy, Rocky, and Tiffany (in other words, he makes sure that you're turning this page-turner's pages for the right reasons); his sense of place and time is annoyingly pinpoint, as my shoulders stung from sunburns I did not have and my feet itched with sand that wasn't between my toes; and his language is a miracle, romantically honest (though this won't be a surprise for fans of his short story collection).

Incredible stuff here. Don't miss out.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Solid modern-noir... but, well-trodden 22. Februar 2014
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Brief: Good for a modern noir but it always left me wanting more. Solid storytelling but it was a well-trodden motif with no new angles or innovative character developments. The characters were essentially one-dimensional personalities -- something Pizzolatto seemed to have corrected in his latest work. The end -- the major plot points -- were fairly easy to suss out. All in all, it was a good, quick read, but the archetypes were obvious and stayed true to noir form. If you were expecting True Detective, this isn't it. Although, years down the line, it could show a baseline that will only show Pizzolatto's true brilliance. He is growing into his new writing style with his recent work for HBO. Evidence of TD's philosophy and vivid scene descriptions are there, albeit meekly.

Regardless, it was entertaining and I look forward to TD's conclusion and it's further iterations.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Broken 18. August 2010
Von Gary Griffiths - Veröffentlicht auf
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If you've forgotten why they call it "noir," it's time to read "Galveston," a blistering debut novel from Nic Pizzolotto that will whipsaw your emotions like a trip through a Gulf hurricane to reach the eye - a terrifying mystery edged with clever foreshadowing by way of parallel storylines twenty years apart.

Roy Cady is a 40 year old hit man for a second class New Orleans gangster, a gnarly mountain of a man who conjures the image of "Dog" from "The Bounty Hunter." On the same day he is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, the chain-smoking, hard-drinking Roy is sent out on a new leg breaking mission that he suspects may have some extra twists of its own. It is there that he meets and is soon on the run with Raquel "Rocky" Arceneaux, an 18 year old hooker. Stopping along their flight from New Orleans, Roy and Rocky stop in Texas long enough to pick up Rocky's 3 year old sister. But if you're thinking this is sounding like the stereotyped whore-with-a-heart-of-gold tale where a sassy Julia Roberts-type breaks down the crusty outer layers of the hardened criminal to reach the mushy stuff inside - don't trouble yourself. This is about as sentimental as Cormac McCarthy - as far from feel good puff as doing hard time in Angola. Pizzolotto's cast is chainsaw-hewn from cedar swamp logs - rough and splintery with jagged edges and not much soft parts. He writes of the Gulf's seedy underbelly - of clam shell parking lots and busted beer bottles, broken down motels and the broken people that frequent them. Yet beyond the violence and grit there is a poignant and almost passionate tale - a searing lesson in human wreckage; a reminder that life is not fair and redemption is rare.

Nic Pizzolotto is the real deal - James Lee Burke without the soap box and chip on his shoulder - a wordsmith who creates lofty images from desperate scenes and enough confidence to play easy games with big concepts like nobility, honor, and disgrace. Clearly one of my year's most disturbingly addictive reads - looking forward to seeing what Pizzolotto can do with the encore.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Breath taken away by this hauntingly beautiful book 8. Dezember 2010
Von Middleman - Veröffentlicht auf
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The hero reminds me of one of Charlie Huston's heroes, but the quality of the writing takes Galveston to a whole other level. A hard-boiled noir voice leads us through some backwaters of the American South, into the big heart of Texas with its lowering skies... but the descriptions and insights along the way! What fantastic writing... I had borrowed a copy and read it, but i am going to purchase my own hardcover copy to re-read and treasure. And I'm very far from being a wealthy or even well off Middleman. A big talent is among us, and i look forward to reading more from this young author.
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