Monday, November 9, 2009

Washington Post on Pariah

"I didn't think a suspense story could get any more dark and twisted than Zeltserman's pulp masterpiece of last year, "Small Crimes." In that nasty little immorality tale, a crooked ex-cop bent on redemption gets released from prison and finds out that nobody -- not his ex-wife, not his young daughters, not even his elderly parents -- wants him back. The kicker is that they're right. By the end of "Small Crimes," I was wrung out thanks to the ingeniousness of Zeltserman's nonstop plot twists and the stark meanness of his universe. Now comes "Pariah," a doozy of a doom-laden crime story that not only makes merry with the justice system, but also satirizes those bottom feeders in the publishing industry who would sign Osama bin Laden to a six-figure contract for his memoirs, if only they could figure out which cave to send their lawyers into. If there's any other young writer out there who does crime noir better than Zeltserman, I don't even want to know. As it is, I can barely handle reading him without altogether losing whatever faith I've got left in humanity."

Read all of Maureen Corrigan's terrific review of Pariah.


Sam said...

Congrats on the glowing review and in such a prominent venue.

I can only imagine what she'd make of North Pass. Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to find out!

Dave Zeltserman said...

Thanks, Sam, and I hope so too--you know what I think of North Pass, it deserves to be massive, and am really happy you sold it.

Paul D. Brazill said...

Great stuff.

Dave Zeltserman said...

Thanks, Paul. I was very psyched (and relieved!) to see this review. I won't way Pariah's the best book I've written, but it's certainly my most explosive and subversive.

David Cranmer said...

Can't get better then the Post praise. Congrats.

Ali Karim said...


I'm with Serpents Tail later this week as they sent me your new book, and I gotta get through them now, they've been sitting patiently on my TBR for months now

Well done


Dave Zeltserman said...

David, thanks, you're right/. I can't tell you how fortunate I feel for Maureen Corrigan + Washington Post reviewing me.

Ali, now you got no choice but to pick up my books from your TBR pile, not unless you want Pete kicking your ass later this week!