Galveston: A Novel

Nic Pizzolatto has created one of the best shows in many years. True Detective is an enchanting story which hints at The King in Yellow, introduces the broad audience to not only that masterpiece but the philosophical works of Thomas Ligotti as well. Add Lovecraftian atmosphere and you got a unique piece of television history.

After watching True Detective I wanted to explore the other works of Nic Pizzolatto. I purchased Galveston: A Novel and read it in a day.

There is the blurb:

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 On the same day that Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he senses that his boss, a dangerous loan-sharking bar-owner, wants him dead. Known “without affection” to members of the boss’s crew as “Big Country” on account of his long hair, beard, and cowboy boots, Roy is alert to the possibility that a routine assignment could be a deathtrap. Which it is. Yet what the would-be killers do to Roy Cady is not the same as what he does to them, which is to say that after a smoking spasm of violence, they are mostly dead and he is mostly alive.

Before Roy makes his getaway, he realizes there are two women in the apartment, one of them still breathing, and he sees something in her frightened, defiant eyes that causes a fateful decision. He takes her with him as he goes on the run from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas—an action as ill-advised as it is inescapable. The girl’s name is Rocky, and she is too young, too tough, too sexy—and far too much trouble. Roy, Rocky, and her sister hide in the battered seascape of Galveston’s country-western bars and fleabag hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pickup trucks, and ashed-out hopes. Any chance that they will find safety there is soon lost. Rocky is a girl with quite a story to tell, one that will pursue and damage Roy for a very long time to come.

This is without a doubt one of the most bleak novels I have read in a long time. The seed for True Detective is obvious throughout the novel, and this is simply a must-read for fans of the show. I will not spoil the book by going into any details. Just do yourself a favor, buy it!

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