ryk Pruitt's Dirtbags
is a tall tale, a couple-on-the-run story, a moving noir story as Jim Thompson or, especially, David Goodis might have written it, a rural roman noir, a dark comedy with a touch of Southern Gothic, and satire without hitting the reader over the head to make its point. It's also a serial-killer story for readers who hate serial-killer stories, thanks to its blessed absence of interest in abnormal psychology.
One review calls the novel "sort of like a book about a serial murderer written by Carl Hiaasen, only a lot darker," but don't let the Hiaasen comparison stop you; this book is funny without, however, degenerating into a cheap yuk-fest.
wrote Saturday about Dietrich Kalteis' The Deadbeat Club
, so this is a good time to remind you to read A Little More Free
, by Kalteis' fellow ECW Press author John McFetridge
, Nobody is better than McFetridge at seamlessly blending big crimes, small crime, social/historical setting, and an appealing protagonist. This and Tumblin' Dice
are my favorite McFetridges.
© Peter Rozovsky 2015
Labels: Canada, ECW Press, Eddie Dougherty, Eryk Pruitt, John McFetridge