Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In a Heartbeat

Sandrone Dazieri's In a Heartbeat (E' stato un attimo in its original Italian), brought to you by the publishers of Giorgio Scerbanenco's Private Venus, is one of the harder to classify crime novels you're likely to read.

Its protagonist, a young, ruthless, highly successful advertising executive named Santo, suffers a traumatic injury that robs him of fourteen years of memory. That takes him back to his time as a young, low-level drug dealer who wouldn't know the Internet if it stood up and bit him on the culo.

The clashes between Santo's past life and his suddenly unfamiliar present offers rich opportunity for drama, comedy, satire, pointed observation on the ways of business, and an ending that's—  But you'll have to read the book.

Professional ethics bar me from posting a review, but I hope its prose is just so and its punctuation perfect.
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Read a chapter from In a Heartbeat at the Hersilia Press website.

© Peter Rozovsky 2013

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4 Comments:

Blogger R.T. said...

Well, that's ironic. You post a 200 word review--of sorts--and then say that professional ethics prevent you from posting a (full) review. Well done! (And just what is the ethical impediment?)

January 30, 2013  
Blogger Howard Sherman said...

I particularly like the part about Santo not having a clue about the Internet due to the memory lapse. I see so many possibilities in a character getting a "system reset" and not just where the Internet is concerned.

January 30, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Howard, the book doesn't go for too much easy comedy about Santo being befuddled by gadgets, but one can imagine a cocky young drug dealer (which is what Santo thinks he is) finding himself in an executive office with all kinds of machines he can't understand

January 30, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Well, it wouldn't do for me to pass judgment on a book in whose production I was involved, now would it?

January 30, 2013  

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