- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2284 KB
- Print Length: 114 pages
- Publisher: All Due Respect Books (1 May 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071DD7NHN
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #695,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paul Heatley’s grim, gripping An Eye For An Eye (Near To The Knuckle) was one of my favourite books of last year. It blended raw violence and visceral thrills to terrific effect, and is well worth seeking out. Heatley’s hot streak continues with FatBoy, a US-set noir that matches its predecessor blow for bloody blow. The plot may sound deceptively simple, but – in tried and trusted noir style – Joey’s scam spirals dangerously out of control and plunges him into a grisly, hellish nightmare.
Boasting great characterisation and pitch-perfect prose, FatBoy is a well-judged excursion into classic noir territory. Another excellent crime novella from the All Due Respect production line.
I am not going to spoil any of the plot, this story was very clever and I was pleased to see it go somewhere I had not expected. The writing is crisp and the story was very well done, the plot has some turns and thrills that will leave you breathless and waiting for the next page, a very good modern crime novel.
Everyone knows a fatboy. Something like Sheldon's Personality Theory may suggest they should be fun-loving, sociable, and tolerant, but Heatley's characterization is quick to show why this ridiculous theory was rejected so long ago. Money and ignorance can highlight the worst in people, regardless of body type.
The descriptions of action and setting were phenomenal, and it was great to see the build to what ended up being a great finish. The comfortable language used in the narrative and dialogue helps pull you into the story and join Joey in his quest to make things right in his life. Right for his family.
Be prepared, though, the simplest plans can sometimes run into problems. Lucky you.
Joey has a temper. His partner has left him and taken their son with her. Joey never was good enough for Billie’s family and the fact that she has run home to mummy and daddy rubs salt in the wound. Billie is refusing to let him see Charlie until she has sorted a place to live and Joey and the situation calms down. Billie has concerns over Joey’s temper and with good reason. A phone conversation doesn’t go his way and his phone gets hurled against the wall and smashed. Irrational behaviour and proof that the red mist descends way too often.
Communication between Joey and Billie is strained. She doesn’t always answer his calls and when they do arrange to meet, she sends her dad instead to explain the situation. They are having two different conversations. What Joey hears in his head is that the separation is temporary and that he can fix the situation with money. Money will solve all the problems in their relationship because the cause of the tension and the fights and the arguments comes from the pressures that a lack of it brings. You don’t feel that Billie feels the same way. Joey’s current problem is how to get some.
In his work, Joey is calm and rational and polite to customers. He respects the working girls that frequent the bar, picking up business when the shift workers pile in the bar at the end of the day mainly from Bell’s.
Adam Bell is the son of the boss and the fatboy and one of the bar’s best customers. Rude and racist and with a sense of entitlement that having money brings. Joey is an easy target for his prejudices.
Hey, sp**, get me a drink. The racial epithet changed on an almost nightly basis.
Hey, b**ner. Hey, w**b**k.
Joey sucks it all up, for a while at least. He has a plan. Working with Lynne, Fatboy’s favourite squeeze, he may get to teach Adam some manners and relieve the Bell family of some green and lo and behold every problem in his life is going to be fixed……… Yeah, right.
Great story, interesting characters. I quite liked Joey despite his faults and I was keen to see if he comes out ahead. There are some fantastic scenes and some enjoyable dialogue involving Joey and his nemesis Fatboy. With the plan in action the tension between the pair escalates.
114 pages long – a perfect length for this kind of tale. A tick in every box for - setting, story, pace, characters, confrontation, action and outcome. Plus there’s a sprinkling of black humour in the piece, especially in the verbal jousting between our two main combatants.
5 from 5
Paul Heatley is the author of a fair few novellas.
The two I have enjoyed so far are The Motel Whore and The Vampire – both very dark reads.
Plenty more await me – An Eye For An Eye, The Pitbull, The Mess, Three and The Boy.
Read in July 2017
Published – 2017
Page count - 114
Source – review copy from publisher All Due Respect Books (cheers Mike)
Format - Kindle
So he hits on a plan that will sort everything out. Of course, in true noir fashion, it’s not as easy as he thinks.
Paul Heatley’s Fatboy is brilliant. A perfect example of smalltown noir worthy of Jim Thompson or Dave Zeltserman. Highly recommended.
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