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Hammurabi Road is a dark redneck-noir novella of retribution, backwoods justice, and getting closer to a black bear than was ever dreamed possible. We start off with the eternal triangle - four men ride out in a pick-up truck; three in front and one duct-taped and bound in the back. It is a clear-cut case of Northern Ontario railroad vengeance, served up as cold as a frozen hunting knife. Fans of the movie and television series Fargo are going to love Hammurabi Road.

©2007 Steve Vernon (P)2017 Steve Vernon

Critic Reviews

Praise for Steve Vernon: "If Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and Robert Bloch had a three-way sex romp in a hot tub, and then a team of scientists came in and filtered out the water and mixed the leftover DNA into a test tube, the resulting genetic experiment would most likely grow up into Steve Vernon." (Bookgasm)

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Dreadful! Awful!

No redeeming value at all. And the attempt at first person country-fied dialog gets tedious right from the start. Save your money.

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Balls to the wall

I heard about this writer and his imagination so i have to say he did not disappoint. He's bizarre and funny and out there. 3 guys drag a loser into the woods to off him and end up with more than they can handle. They run into a wild ass bear and I won;t say more about that but there is something beyond Jack Kerouac in this thing that has the ring of truth, the guy riffs on and on a lot of times with a really,really good punch and has a way of stringing words together that is original to say the least and entertaining for sure. This is not standard fair. I felt the ending hit like a hammer and theres some good gore and plenty of jokes that come out of nowhere. Why aren't there more writers like this?

I do wish the story was longer since it grabbed my interest and I wanted to know more about Donnie, the kid. I guess n the end I really felt sympathy for him and actually for all the characters in an odd way. The story gets very realistic at the end and dead serious but ....

The characters I think are set somewhere in northern Canada but they sound more Southwest to me so I think the narrator missed on that but no matter, he hit the thing out of the park and was maybe as bizarre as the writer. If you like really unusual and good writing I would go with this without any questions, its Mr Toad's wild ride in blood with horror and some poetry and some Tarantino too. Very funny, very dark.

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Cool

I like Vernon. He's a poet and crazy. He's got some Stephen King in him but better.

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Wowsa

you got to run with this. Its part dream and part real and all unexpected. I loved this thing, I don't bother with reviews usually but its the first I've heard from this writer and there will be more now. He has a great way with words and mixing metaphors. Sure its crude sometimes but that adds to thhe fun.The guy is brave and writes from the gut, he's also hilarious.

The story gets told in third person so the narrator is a big part of the plot. There's actually a black bear who makes a significant appearance but the guys in the story are like dark versions of Larry,Curly and Moe. I kept seeing Billie Bob Thornton in this. That would be premium. The narrator sells it with something I can only call off beat and out there.