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Makes you think and wonder what next... awesome
I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Crirtic Geoffrey Gorer once wrote about “The Erotic Myth of America,” a country where violence and sexual license are raised to a level of reverse-Eden. The law is febrile, and women are the object of rape-fantasy. He was referring to popular novels, including crime noverls. He cited major writers, including Hemingway, Chandler, James M Cain, and “Vernon Sullivan” (Boris Vian. Richard Godwin, another powerful writer, can be added to this list.
Savage Highway is about a way west, to the unknown. The references to the Frontiers are plain. We don’t encounter native Americans protecting their land, but a group of psychos and businessman. The former are used to pave the way, and in return they get meat and drink—which is more gruesome than anyone can imagine. “An area full of killers and rapists…. There’s a certain kind of hunger in a certain kind of man.”
Can the protagonists escape? Can the individual resourcefulness that Johnny and Patty display—a thing that makes the book exciting quite exciting as well as suspenseful—bring about decency, and to what extent. There a sentence from Kafka that came to mind as a read, thanks to Godwin’s seriousness as a thinker: “One day a leopard came stalking into the synagogue . . . Three weeks later, it had become part of the liturgy.” Thus clearing the land of “savages” becomes manifest destiny, or the business of providing sustenance to its inhabitants.
This was a difficult book to read, mostly because of the extreme violence, but Godwin kept the thread taut and moved the story along at lightning speed. The plot itself is what kept me riveted. Who is the Maniac Trucker? Why all the brutality?
This story is recommended for hardcore thriller readers, those that won't flinch when the light is shed on uncomfortable fictional realities. Sexual violence prevails throughout the take, but it is the very plot itself and deeply intertwined in the overall mystery.
Good fiction makes us uncomfortable, and by the end, I was glad I had stuck with the book to see it to completion.
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