Savage morning after: Allan Guthrie's Killing Mum
"When he'd finished, he walked over to watch Jordan's handiwork. Jordan had written FIREMEN on the side of the van and was standing staring at it.Guthrie has moved into darker territory with his latest novel, Slammer, but I'd like to think of Hard Man, Savage Night and Killing Mum as a fictional universe, a ****ed-up, affecting, funny, murderous family saga that does a bit of genre-jumping in the bargain.
"He noticed the beam of Carlos's torch, stepped back. I'm stuck.
"`Suck,' Carlos said, around the torch.
"Carlos took the torch out of his mouth. `Suck,' he said. `Add "suck."'
"Okay. Jordan shook the can, sprayed out the word. `Firemen suck.' Sounds a bit lame.
"`Cock,' Carlos said. `Add "cock."'
Guthrie's Web site links to a purchase page for Killing Mum that quotes reviews of his other work. One blurb seems especially pertinent: “Guthrie’s control of this dark material is sheer wizardry.” Killing Mum contains a lot of twists for a book of about ninety pages, and they're good twists, throwing the plot in unexpected directions without seeming manipulative.
N.B.: Killing Mum is part of a series of novellas called Crime Express from Five Leaves Publishing. Hat tip to Donna Moore's Big Beat From Badsville blog for heaping well-deserved praise on these slim, inexpensive, tough-as-nails books. And kudos to Five Leaves, too.
© Peter Rozovsky 2009