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Pariah Paperback – 15 Jan 2009

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail; Main edition (15 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846686431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846686436
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,345,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A doom-laden crime story that not only makes merry with the justice system, but also satirizes those bottom feeders in the publishing industry who would sign Osama bin Laden to a six-figure contract for his memoirs, if only they could figure out which cave to send their lawyers into. If there's any other young writer out there who does crime noir better than Zeltserman, I don't even want to know...

I'd say Zeltserman can't top Pariah for its sheer diabolical inventiveness, but he probably will. And given that the corrupting vision of his work is so powerful, I ought to know better than to read the next novel he writes. But I probably will anyway.

(Maureen Corrigan Washington Post 2009-11-09)

Pariah is the perfect pitch of reality, history crime, celebrity, plagiarism, and sheer astounding writing.... If every writer has one great book in them, then Dave can rest easy (Ken Bruen)

Mean like bad whiskey and sophisticated like good scotch, Pariah is a rare find and a scorching read (Cortright McMeel)

This is a masterpiece (Seymour Shubin)

This fusion of hardboiled and bitter satire is brand new territory for noir and I suspect that it will be one of the most talked about novels of 2009 (Ed Gorman)

This is a book that anyone with even the slightest interest in crime or thriller genres simply must get their hands on, as it's bound to have a huge impact on you (The Bookbag)

Small Crimes got a lot of attention for Dave Zeltserman in 2008. This year, Pariah should get even more. If you like hardboiled noir, this book's for you. ..(Pariah) is is fast, furious, and funny. If you have any interest in tough-guy noir, you'll want to get hold of this one as soon as you can (Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine.com)

For those who prefer the darker slice of life, Pariah will keep you glued to its pages. The chain reaction of Kyle Nevin's release from prison on the world around him is the stuff of nuclear explosions. Violent, sexual and relentless, there are no holds barred anywhere in this wonderful launch into evil. The meek beware ... be-very-ware (Charlie Stella)

White-knuckle ride... a cracking piece of hard-boiled noir... different kinds of venality are put wittily under the microscope as the book rattles along to its terrific conclusion (Metro 2009-02-18)

Its noir, its satire, and its Boston that you don't see on Cheers. Nicely done follow-up to SMALL CRIMES. (BookBitch USA 2009-10-01)


Once part of the holy triumvirate ruling the South Boston Irish Mob, Kyle Nevin is set up with the Feds by head mobster, Red Mahoney, which leads him to a court case and a stretch in the slammer. Now out of prison, Kyle wants revenge on his old boss and mentor, and just as importantly, to reclaim his former glory.A kidnapping gone horribly wrong leads to a major book deal for Kyle and a newfound celebrity status - but also brings about bigger problems for both himself and anyone unlucky enough to cross his path."Pariah" is a heady mix of crime novel, history, social commentary and a satirical look at the publishing industry.

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