"You know what? The bastard blows me out of the water. This guy writes Maine like Ardai writes New York. If you're not reading him, you don't know what you're missing." --Chris F. Holm, author of The Big Reap, The Wrong Goodbye and Dead Harvest.

"Bagley's got the poet's eye, but that doesn't mean everything is prettier in his work. It means the ugly stuff is more vivid. More intense. Like a sudden switch from analog to HD. And that's a trait to very much admire in his work." --Anthony Neil Smith, author of Hogdoggin', Yellow Medicine, The Drummer and Psychosomatic.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Damn That John McFetridge

I'm supposed to be finishing my revision of Bitter Water Blues this week, but I made the mistake of cracking open John McFetridge's novel Dirty Sweet, and got hooked in on the first page. Everything else got put on hold until I finished it this afternoon. Russian crooks, biker gangs, shootings, bombs, strippers, porn, seventies rock...Dirty Sweet has something for everyone. Like Declan Burke, McFetridge has been compared to Elmore Leonard. While there are stylistic similarities, McFetridge is his own man. Grab this one, but don't make any plans until you finish it.

1 comment:

Declan Burke said...

Patrick - Snap, I just read Dirty Sweet last week ... thought it was terrific, really terrific. John McFetridge is going places fast ... Cheers, Dec