Friday, October 05, 2012

Books: Fuckin' Lie Down Already by Tom Piccirilli

Fuckin' Lie Down AlreadyFuckin' Lie Down Already by Tom Piccirilli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tom Piccirilli is going though some very serious health problems so I'm trying to buy as many of his books as I can to support him. This short but explosive novella will raise your hair, but is an excellent example of Piccirilli's wild imagination and masterful skill. Clay is a New York City police detective who has been tracking a Mafia family for four years, slowly trying to put together a case against them. When he gets home from work one evening, he is met with a horrible sight: his wife and infant son murdered, and the killer blasting him through the gut with a gunshot. But Clay's not going to go down easy, he's going to make the mob family pay before he cashes out. This is where it starts getting weird. Clay, weakened and delusional, dresses his wife and son and puts them in the car. Holding his guts in with one hand, with his dead wife riding shotgun, they drive off in search of vengeance. He tracks the killer to a motel in Saratoga Springs, nodded out on heroin he bought with money from the hit. Clay gives him a hot shot and loads his gibbering body into the fly strewn car along with the dead bodies of his family and some roadkill he picked up along the way and heads back to Brooklyn for the final showdown. When he meets up with the mobsters the revenge is biblical. This novella is an absolute thrill ride from start to finish. Piccirilli began as a writer of horror fiction before gradually moving into crime fiction and noir. He draws on all of those genres here and the effect is mesmerizing. Please help out with Tom's medical expenses if you can.