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Extricate Paperback – 22 May 2014
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I liked Peter and disliked the harping, nagging hard-drinking wife. I shed no tears over her demise. Pete’s betrayal of Dud and his method of dealing with him, to secure the alluring and passionate Judy turned me.
True to form Peter, continues to think through his nether regions up until the end.
Satisfying characters and a great tale. I look forward to reading more from Graham Wynd and her alter-ego in the future.
A slight down-side my version of this was for Kindle whereas the paperback edition includes extra material. Nevermind – an enjoyable hour’s reading.
4 from 5
Purchased from Amazon back in 2014.
Extricate harks back to the crime pulps of the 1940s and 1950s, weaving gritty stories of obsession, fate and hopelessness whilst still retaining its own style. I was fortunate enough to read the paperback version which contained two novellas and a collection of short stories.
The first novella, Extricate, deals with a lustful obsession and sees how far someone will go to obtain the object of their lustful desire. It's gritty, grimey, unsettling and downright repulsive at times...yet it's one of those stories that's paced quickly enough to keep things moving, keep the story interesting and not dwell too long on some of the more repugnant aspects.
The short stories are often varied in terms of themes and usually involve a variety of people meeting a dark fate. Ranging from a man who meets Buddha on a bus, a middle-aged lady assassin and what happens if you cross a girl called Bambi. I found the stories a bit hit and miss with the main exceptions being the above mentioned three.
Throw the Bones was the stand out story for me. Tightly paced and with an interesting twist in the tale (which I won't dare spoil for you here), it combines all the themes of the previous stories into one cocktail of lust, fate, violence and betrayal.
If pulp is your thing, Extricate is definitely worth checking out.
If you're new to pulp, this is a good starting point.
If pulp isn't your thing...why are you even reading this?!?