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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (15 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400117569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400117567
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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An often incandescent fever dream of low-rent, unbearable beauty ... "Galveston," in its authenticity and fearless humanism, recalls only the finest examples of the form (Dennis Lehane The New York Times)

Galveston is an assured debut full of hard truths, a throwback novel that ends up shouldering the noir genre forward (Chuck Hogan)

A carefully crafted work shrouded in dark Southern landscapes (Time Out Chicago)

Not for the faint-hearted ... a strong, gritty crime novel that marks Pizzolatto out as a rising star of the genre. (Herald Sun) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The richly atmospheric, Dennis Lehane-lauded debut thriller from the creator of the hit HBO series True Detective --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CRP VINE VOICE on 21 May 2014
Format: Hardcover
Set mainly in 1987 this award-winning first novel by the creator of HBO's True Detective (not seen it) is a terrific read.

In the first few chapters the action moves quickly before changing pace, allowing the characters backstories, personalities and the plot to develop.

It's a story about Roy Cody. A hit-man with cancer and a drink problem. His girlfriend leaves him for his mobster boss, and Roy subsequently finds himself taking on a job for him that goes wrong, and he has to run- taking a teenage prostitute with him.

They head out of Louisiana for Texas, and ultimately, Galveston.

What follows is the story of people brought together by loss, tragedy and rejection. Cody remains on the run, haunted by his past, living his life out amongst out-casts and mis-fits, trying to second guess how long he can hold out against his condition and circumstances.

The description of the South is as cinematic as you'd expect from a screenwriter. You feel the intensity of the southern heat, the vastness of the plains, the trashiness of the port towns along the coast and the bleached weariness of the Emerald Shores Motel.

Things don't end well, but the thing that keeps you turning the page and caring for these characters are the glimpses of humanity they all exhibit.

These aren't cardboard noir cut-outs, but well-drawn characters wrapped up in a cracking read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Late-Night Reader on 30 Sept. 2014
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It is clear this novel shares DNA with the wonderful True Detective. Both are set in the sinister and atmospheric deep south. Both have troubled and alienated protagonists trying to navigate through this landscape whilst facing ghosts from their pasts. Both use structures that jump back and forward over decades to tell the story.

Galveston was deeply satisfying for me on various levels. The plot is really good and had me engaged right to the end and has kept me thinking about how neatly it all hangs together right to the end. But it is more than a tough guy redemption thriller. It also explores some interesting and thought-provoking themes.

A major part of this novel is based on how the protagonist's behaviour, attitudes and and world view change when he learns he is dying of cancer. This gangster hitman only starts making selfless and brave decisions when he thinks he is dying. He was perfectly capable of escaping the mess he was in provided he stuck to his professional methods. But this time he didn't. People often say that if they have just a few months to live they would party like it is the end of the world. I dont buy it. Maybe confronting our mortality makes us better people?

Another theme he toys with is the unreliablity of memories. His rose-coloured memories of his relationship with a long lost love were shaken back to reality when he tracked her down and she told it like it was. Again by shattering the story he had told himself about his own life focussed him on his present and creating a meaning for his life once freed from the myth.

Lookiing forward to the next one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bluecashmere. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Dec. 2014
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This novel is sharply written, not so tightly plotted and ultimately not that memorable. If better than the routine airport thriller, it still falls some way short of the best of the genre: Ellroy and James Lee Burke spring to mind. The key characters, Roy Cody and the young whore Rocky, are neither original, nor complex enough to be particularly interesting. One of the best features of much American fiction is the vibrant evocation of place, and again “Galveston” seems to me to be lacking in this area. It’s a fast read and holds attention but never really takes root in the mind.
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By col2910 on 1 Dec. 2014
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Galveston has gotten my June reading off to a cracking start. To be honest it's a job to pen a review that would do the book justice.

The blurb above has Pizzolatto compared to Cormac McCarthy, someone who I have read and enjoyed (mostly) without feeling able to wholeheartedly endorse for others. At times McCarthy is incomprehensible and loses me, Pizzolatto had me on board for the whole of this ride.

We touch upon mortality, loneliness, failed romance and regrets. Our protagonist, Roy Cady is diagnosed with cancer. His boss sets him up and Cady survives and flees with a young prostitute.
Most of the cast of characters we encounter are damaged and brutalised and worn out by life in general and are doing their best to survive; some stoically and some with the assistance of substances. This includes law breakers and citizens, whose dreams have soured.

Cady, a low-level career criminal is not a typical hero. He's killed, he's capable of, if not always comfortable with, committing acts of extreme violence, but Pizzolatto has such skill as a writer, that he's sympathetic and someone who you care about. When his travelling companion Rocky, drags her four year old sister, Tiffany into any already tense situation, we have glimpses of the man Roy could have been if his life had trodden a different path.

When Roy's and Rocky's situation descends into chaos, after a drunken mistake, Roy has a choice, either to protect the innocent, Tiffany and others in her spectrum or extract revenge on his former boss.

An extremely satisfying book, filled with broken people, expertly told in an arc that spans 20 years of Roy Cady's life. Hard to find enough suitable accolades for it.

Highly recommended.
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