A power struggle between a police chief who has looked the other way for too long, a Mafia boss who holds the city's vices in his powerful grasp, and media reporters looking for a big story turns what has been a minor dispute into a desperate struggle for survival.
Setting this drama in a blue-collar metropolis dominated by an oil company, Estleman, with an unerring eye for telling detail and an ear for dialogue that reveals the secret desires of his characters, crafts a fascinating, deadly tapestry of love, ambition, revenge, and redemption: a stunning portrait of the human condition.
©2008 Loren D. Estleman; (P)2008 Tantor
"Razor-sharp....The author's achievement...will justly be compared with that of James Ellroy's Los Angeles noir mysteries and John Gregory Dunne's True Confessions." (Publishers Weekly)
"Estleman...serves up what just might be the best novel about urban political corruption since Dashiel Hammett's The Glass Key." (Kirkus)
Gas City is noir style story of interconnecting lives. Set in any-city USA we explore the politics of big city life and the games played by the vested interests. There is much to commend it, especially the poignant relationship between the gangster and police chief and the account of the down at heel hotel detective, Palmer. Both are absorbing narratives with stings in the tale. However I found the overall experience of this novel difficult. Upon reflection I wonder if the weak link was the narrator who seemed disengaged and whose rather dry reading inhibited the narrative flow. This will be for you to decide! There is definite potential in this critically well received novel, yet in this audio edition, the potential remained for this Audible member, unfulfilled.
This book was unfortunately a string of clich?s.
If you've ever watch gangster or organized crime movies, you can pretty much guess every next step in the book.
It was as if the author wrote the book with the intention that it would become a movie. It might actually make a decent movie, but it fell flat as a novel.
It's too bad because if the author could combine a better plot with his writing style, he could probably turn out a pretty decent yarn.
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