Prof. Nic Pizzolatto "Delivers Knockout Crime Noir": Dallas Morning News
June 21, 2010
June 21, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "Like a cross between Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and Raymond Carver's boozy short stories, Nic Pizzolatto's debut novel, Galveston, delivers knockout crime noir in a lyrical, tough-guy voice," begins a Dallas Morning News review of the new book by Pizzolatto, assistant professor of English at DePauw University. William J. Cobb opines, "Fueled by a potent cocktail of crime and liquor, Galveston is a fast-paced, compelling novel with a heart full of anger and a head full of gambler's mystery. This ain't Eat, Pray, Love, that's for sure. But there's a searing honesty in its true grit, and Pizzolatto plays the story like a good poker hand, keeping his cards close to his chest, waiting until final call before showing his aces."
You'll find the complete review at the newspaper's Web site.
Published by Simon & Schuster and released last week, Galveston is "a taut first novel suffused with a strong noir sensibility," according to Booklist. "The inevitable downward arc of all noir can bring a certain dreary sameness to the proceedings, especially if the writer paints his disasters by the numbers, but Pizzolatto builds tension by moving back and forth in time: we know it all goes bad, but we don't know how. Add to that a writer with a real feel for the special poetry of noir, and you have a fine crime-fiction debut."
Read more in this recent article.
Professor Pizzolatto previously authored the story collection Between Here and the Yellow Sea, which was named by Poets & Writers magazine as one of the top five fiction debuts of the year. His work has also appeared in the Atlantic, Oxford American, Best American Mystery Stories and other publications.Back