- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: WordFire Press (11 Feb. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1614751943
- ISBN-13: 978-1614751946
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,308,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Fly Guy Paperback – 11 Feb 2015
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Henry Bloomburg is made for private detective work, he lives in the shadows, has an exceptional eye for detail and has no attachments. Just like Martin, Henry lives an empty existence apart from his work; hunting whatever murderous psychopaths his clients or the local police are too inept to deal with themselves.
Everything seems to be going well for Martin Tripp, until one day he catches Henry Bloomburg at work ...has Martin allowed himself to become so absorbed by his work that he can no longer tell real life from his fiction?
I loved the characters in this book, and saw a bit of some people I knew in them, which helped make them feel real to me. This is a dark book, there were a few parts that made me laugh, it has tarantino style quality in it's portrayal of extreme violence and has some disturbing sexual content, but nothing that doesn't add to the charm of this tale, which really kept me guessing right up until the end... at times you will go back and re-read sections of the book, analysing clues left by the author that made me feel like a detective myself!
That was until last week when my copy of The Fly Guy arrived. I began reading it on the Friday morning and pretty much didn't put it down until I finished the lot a few days later.
I found the book thoroughly gripping with great twists and turns. The characters were so real I felt as though I knew them personally, and the way the author described their experiences was so detailed I was completely immersed in their world.
I look forward to reading more of Colum's work in the future.
I didn't know what to expect from this novel: Sanson-Regan being a first time author, the inherent pulpiness of the title, the promise of wanton violence, and especially the tag "a dark thriller". Was this genre fiction? Is it a literature-nasty? From the first paragraph I knew that this wasn't going to be like anything I'd expected. Far from being a piece of genre fiction this novel is singularly, wonderfully odd, defying convention and rendering a genuinely original vision of contemporary noir.
As a psychological examination into what it is to be a young creative failing to surpass mediocrity in his field, The Fly Guy is brutally accurate. Martin Tripp is a thoroughly modern character, recognisable in every office in the western world, behind every bar, contributing to every web-based magazine and blog site. Melancholy clings like dew to the narrative from the off, as we first see Martin ritualistically burying his life's work in the sodden earth. But it isn't long before the edges of sanity and reason begin to blur, and the novel reveals it's true genius: an uncompromising and devoted meta-fiction that becomes increasingly relentless, until you find yourself running round an Escheresque hall of mirrors, uncertain of what is what.
Yes, the violence is savage, but the stark and unsparing nature of it stirs something primal in the reader. And ultimately there is also a lot of love here, as counterpoint to the horror and the brooding, and it is expertly employed to add sweet complement to the dark overtones.
For a debut this really is very strong. It's an utterly compelling read, nourishing intellectually, delectably gruesome, and provocatively weird. I can only say that I'm very much looking forward to reading his next book.
Franz Kafka noted that one should only read novels that bite you and sting you. 'The Fly Guy' would have kept him awake at night.
A clever take on a crime novel; it's a crime story within a crime story, where the story that's being written (within the book) takes you in as much as the main story itself. Lines are cleverly blurred between the two, which leads you to wonder which is the actual story the author himself is writing?Such a page turner; I highly recommend it.
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