Wednesday, January 11, 2012

10 reasons to read SMALL CRIMES

1) "The plot of Small Crimes ricochets out from this claustrophobic opening, and it's a thing of sordid beauty" NPR's Best Crime & Mystery novels of 2008

2) "spare but ingeniously twisted and imbued with a glossy coating of black humor." Washington Post's Best Books of 2008

3) "Zeltserman's breakthrough third crime novel deserves comparison with the best of James Ellroy" starred review from Publisher's Weekly

4) "Denton is one of the best realised characters I have read in this genre, and the powerfully noir-ish, uncompromising plot, which truly keeps one guessing from page to page, culminates with a genuinely astonishing finale." --David Connett, Sunday Express

5) "Small Crimes proves a deft entry in the tradition that goes back to Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me, James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice and Charles Willeford’s High Priest of California — small masterpieces celebrating the psychopath as a grinning archetype, as American as apple pie." Sun-Sentinel

6) Not only does the novel have clean, simple prose, ample suspense and twists, and a fast-paced plot--standard fare; it also offers brilliant psychological insight into tortured souls, and on a deeper level, it is a moralistic tale about how small crimes beget larger ones." Bookmarks Magazine

7) "This is an extremely black tale that grips readers by the throat and doesn’t let go until their last breath has been spent. In other words, it’s a surefire contender for book of the year." Bruce Grossman, Bookgasm

8) "Small Crimes has plenty of crime, but obsession, hubris, and evil, pure and impure, are at the heart of this vivid noir." Booklist, Thomas Gaughan

9) "ultra-noir, funny, and shocking by turns" Barnes & Noble

10) "A Jim Thompson mentality on a Norman Rockwell setting... "Small Crimes" is a strong piece of work, lean and spare, but muscular where a noir novel should be, with a strong central character whom we alternately admire and despise." Boston Globe

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