Review from a Transgressive Fiction Fan
Amazing action, at an automatic handgun pace, reminds me of James Ellroy’s style in LA Confidential, or even John Dos Passos’ American Trilogy. A reporter digging through the grim in the greater Leeds area while battling the people police, politicians, and rival reporters is what you want in any Noir novel. Interesting that the narrator is a reporter and not a private detective, cop, or the killer.
“Insightful” Review from a Mainstream Reader
The problem I had with this book wasn’t the constant swearing, the violence or the disreputable characters. It was the total lack of depth. Consequently, the insatiable swearing and general darkness comes off as hollow and lazy. Even though the reader is given access to a first person narrator, the walls to his psyche never go down, thus this defeats the device’s purpose.