Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pariah in South Africa

Pariah is still almost 4 months from its US release, but Roger Smith (Mixed Blood) has generously reviewed Pariah on Crime Beat Southern Africa:

"The plotting of Pariah is sharp and clean, the characters perfectly drawn, and the dialogue straight out of the South Boston streets. In contrast to much contemporary crime writing that titillates with comic-book violence, the brutality in Pariah is unflinching and realistic.

With this book Zeltserman entrenches his position as the ranking neo-noirist, putting a contemporary spin on a tradition that goes way back to Thompson and James M. Cain. If you like your fiction dark, lean and uncompromising, Pariah has to be at the top of your list."


You can read Roger's complete review here.

2 comments:

Corey Wilde said...

Serendipity at work: I just picked up a copy of Roger Smith's 'Mixed Blood' today.

Dave Zeltserman said...

Corey, Mixed Blood is great, a very strong Richard Stark feel, except darker and more violent, and like Stark, the violence is played seriously and not for laughs. It's one of the best crime novel debuts I've read, and I had a chance to read Roger's 2nd--Wake Up Dead, and that one's even better. Let me know what you think when you're done.