|John Rector, Voodoo Lounge,|
New Orleans, September 2016.
Photo by Peter Rozovsky
's 2015 novel Ruthless
is a terrific noirish, wrong-man-in-the-wrong-place story, perhaps a bit more emotionally pitched and certainly elegantly written than most. Things get especially interesting when the third circle of hell into which the protagonist plunges threatens to veer off into another genre entirely. But Rector, in supreme control of his storytelling at all times, makes it work.
That paragraph is deliberately vague in order to avoid giving anything away. Suffice it to say that if the main storyline is reminiscent of Charles Williams
, the surprising turn may put readers in mind of Alan Glynn
. That's a high compliment to Rector on both counts.
ohn Rector first jumped onto my radar screen in a big way a couple of weeks ago when he read his story "In the Kitchen With Rachel Ray" at Jay Stringer's Noir at the Bar in New Orleans
. The story is not only jam-packed with hilarious surprises, but rendered with fine control, and the author read it well. You should hear him read if you have the chance.
© Peter Rozovsky 2016
Labels: Alan Glynn, Bouchercon 2016, Charles Williams, John Rector, New Orleans, Noir at the Bar