I must admit that I didn’t know about this book before I’ve seen it in the bookstore. I also must admit that its cover didn’t appeal to me in any way. I passed it without giving it any thought. However, the author’s name ringed a bell inside me. “Nic Pizzolatto, Nic Pizzolatto … sounds so familiar but from where?“. And then it hit me. “Fuck fuck fuck! It’s the screenwriter of “True Detective.”
The first HBO season of the “True Detective” series, is the best thing I’ve seen on television and because of this, I had really high expectations from the book I just bought, but the author delivered his best with his novel.
The story is about middle age Roy Cady who, back in the 80s, finds out he is dying of lung cancer. He is not a character easy to love. He is a bounty hunter for a guy named Stan, smokes like a chimney and drinks as much Johnny Walker as he can.
When his boss wants to kill him, he manages to escape, saves a prostitute named Rocky and flees with her to Galveston to figure out what to do with his last months of life.
I loved the way the author wrote his novel. He interposed chapters from the past with the ones that present Roy in his 60s missing one eye and walking his dog on a beach. It gave me the same “How did it get to this?” feeling I had watching Rust Cohle being a good-looking detective and then a drunken wreck without knowing what got him to that stage of his life.
This Badger recommends this book to each and every one out there looking for a good thriller. I read it in one day, and the only disappointment I had regarding it, is that it didn’t have more pages. It is dark, even the description of the Galveston beach is not a bright one, it presents only characters that you don’t want to meet at night on the street, and most of the readers will probably not connect with them. However, it is an intense novel, fantastically well written and addictive with a really not predictable ending.
So, if you didn’t read it already, buy yourself a copy, take a sick day from work and read it!