Genre: Noir, Literary Fiction, Novella, Short Stories
Published by All Due Respect Books
What I like about the look of this book and the others that Pablo D’Stair is involved with, is just that simple and pulpy look. Those little books you read during transportation trips or a cold winter night. I wouldn’t say it’s a comfy read, but the shortness of it makes for an easy read.
It’s split into two novellas, it cost like 99 cents, so why not get it? This is also a great way to get introduced to these authors, a little taste of what they write. My first D’Stair and Rhatigan.
Both sort of have the same conflict, a dude finds a load of money that seems to have appeared out of nowhere, they snatch it up and run away. The main conflict is the paranoia. Which is what made these novellas so fun to read, that anticipation, are they going to get caught or not? The endings, however, leave you with no answer, which is quite surprising, because most books in this genre tend to say “He did it! And you probably already knew, but he did it!”
That was what I liked about these books. The Pablo one was a perfect example of paranoia. The narrator finds the money, he struggles back and forth, the devil and the angel dragging him from both sides. The Rhatigan one was a lot quicker paced and the narrator was a sort of a wimp in my opinion, he acted tough, but buckled down when it came to the real stuff. But at the same time I don’t blame him. He sort of gave in faster than the first, he seemed to have a bit of a more guilty consciousness while the first one ran away and didn’t seem to have the desire to return it as much as the second.
Although I will admit that I liked the second better than the first. I felt that the first was pretty slow, but at the same time it was meant to be that way. It built the paranoia up till the point where it overwhelmed me and I kind of felt like slapping the narrator and telling him to just go. I understand that it’s a tough situation, but he felt like that one guy that kept on panicking during the crime and you had to slap him and scold him to calm down or something like that.
What I also found odd, was that both characters seemed to be escaping from a bad in there life and then the money appeared, and you would think it would bring improvement. But it was too good to be true right? It’s like boom! Your wish is granted, but where the hell did it come from and what did you do to deserve it?