The Art Of Redemption

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The Art Of Redemption

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From Publishers Weekly

The notoriously wild Truluck (Street Level) out-wilds himself with Joe Ready, a 98-year-old cop turned PI turned vigilante, and Ready's younger partner, Jimmy Cotton. Ready and Cotton met when Ready was already old and supposedly retired, and Cotton was a young man scarred and scared by the 1970 shootings at Kent State. The two formed a relationship around Cotton's desire to soak up Ready's tall tales, liquor and dope. Years later, the tables are turned and Cotton must recount Ready's exploits to entertain the dying old man, even though he's pretty sure Ready was never actually mixed up with Machine Gun Kelly, Meyer Lansky, tough guys in Cuba, kidnappings and Ready's perennial nemesis, Pearlie Friedman. Turns out the tales are true, Ready's not really retired and Cotton's being seduced—or drafted—into Ready's world. Truluck's pulpy prose is spot on, and his vision and voice remain among the most original in a genre too often reduced to formula. (Aug.) 
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ByJ. L. Abramo

If you enjoy language that is smart, funny, down and dirty; cherish characters that jump off the page and smack you upside the head; crave literary journeys that take you to Hades and back with a trusty guide; like your noir as dark as coal and as light as a feather; "The Art of Redemption" is not only what you are looking for, it is what you need. Truluck's prose is as tame as a crocodile, as predictable as the stock market, as ordinary as a three-dollar bill. `No holds barred' comes about as close to describing Truluck's mastery of narrative and dialogue as `a book about a bunch of guys in a nut house' comes to summing up Kesey's "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest". If you found yourself dancing to the beats and pulses of James Ellroy's "L.A. Confidential" and "White Jazz", you will surely find yourself cutting up the rug to Bob Truluck's feral rhythms.

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