Dead Girl Blues
You might as well know this going in: Lawrence Block's new novel is not for everyone. It's recounted in journal form by its protagonist, and begins when he walks into a roadhouse outside of Bakersfield, California, and walks out with a woman.
And rapes and murders her.
But, um, not in that order.
Right. But it's what he does with the rest of his life that's really interesting...
Lawrence Block has been writing and publishing crime fiction for sixty years. He's received recognition for lifetime achievement in the US and the UK. His books have won awards and occasionally show up on bestseller lists. Several of them have been fimed.
Here's what he's said about DEAD GIRL BLUES:
"I don't think it's terribly commercial. And there are elements that will put off a lot of readers.
"But, see, Dead Girl Blues doesn't owe me a thing. I hadn't planned to write it, so it doesn't have to bring in money to justify the time I spent on it. The book is its own justification. I'll publish it myself, on my 82nd birthday, and all of y'all can buy it or not buy it, read it or not read it, and like it or not like it.
"I've shown it to some friends whose opinions I trust, and they told me that Dead Girl Blues is one of the very best things I've ever written. And then they added that they could see where it might have problems.
"So I read it again last week, and I realized DGB was exactly the book I wanted it to be. And how often does that happen? And what more could an old man possibly ask for?"
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"It's been a long time since I read anything this hard-hitting and thought-provoking. DEAD GIRL BLUES is daringly original, both shocking and brilliantly told. At a time when many crime novels blend together, Grandmaster Lawrence Block again shows he's a one-of-a-kind author. "
David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder As a Fine Art
"Dark and cold as the far side of the moon, but with prose as lean as a starving model, DEAD GIRL BLUES is like the dead body you can't help but look at. Sharp writing, characterization that comes right out of the reptilian brain, creepy crawly identification with the narrator that makes you squirm. I couldn't quit reading, and damn sure didn't want to. An honest look at the mind of someone of a cheerfully anti-social mindset, who just might frighteningly remind us of humanity's flip-side and our universal connection to it. A grim masterpiece of storytelling."
Joe R. Lansdale
"DEAD GIRL BLUES still claws at me. It's a time-release dread capsule that locked me in someone's shoes and made my gut twist all along the ride. Those of us who enjoy his work have seen him pull that off and marvel at how he manages it with seeming effortlessness. But this one. Maybe his best book, and that's saying something."
"DEAD GIRL BLUES will surely offend some readers, but I loved it. It's wonderfully written and the voice is pitch-perfect, comfortable and unsettling at the same time. The book reminded me, in a very good way, of Charles Willeford's early work (and, in particular, of his unpublished MIAMI BLUES sequel GRIMHAVEN). If you are into dark noir, this book is for you."