Monday, February 11, 2013
Review of Piggyback by Tom Pitts (Snubnose Press, 2012)
Piggyback is a short, sharp blast of a read; a noir novella with snappy dialogue, a relentless pace, cinematic visuals, and strongly etched characters. The whole story has the feel of a movie narrative; indeed it would make a good film given its Tarrantinoesque qualities. Jimmy and Paul make for an interesting double act: strong and thoughtful paired with weak, skittish and easily distracted; and the small cast of other characters are well penned. The plotting is tight with a strong story arc, fashioned through a series of minor twists of fate leading to a very noir ending. I was gripped from the first page and tore through it in one entertaining sitting.