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American hard-boiled crime
on 21 October 2010
Told in the first person by Dix Steele a sociopathic, misogynistic killer. This is pure American hard-boiled story writing. If you have read and enjoyed either 'The Killer Inside Me' or the Ripley novels by Patricia Highsmith, then this will be right up your street.
This may have had resonance amongst a traumatised post war American G.I. generation. Indeed, the question is never posed but would we today suggest that Dix's mental state was exacerbated by PTSD? After all his first victim, the adored 'Brucie', was killed in wartime not before.
Told in a short, factual reportage style. The tension is ratcheted by Dix's desire to take risks. The main risk being to ingratiate himself with an Army buddy who is now a police detective with the LAPD and who happens to be investigating the series of murders of young women.
Interesting to read a woman author's insight into a man's mind who regards all women as 'liars and whores'. This is not gore-fest but instead a compelling insight into a man trapped in a very lonely place indeed.