The Kind Of Friends Who Murder Each Other

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
a novella by Chris Rhatigan: more information can be found at www.kuboapress.wordpress.com
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Words: 20,150
Language: English

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Review by: blobmonster on Jan. 27, 2014 :
I liked this a lot. There's a strong sense of noir, guilt and sweaty doom. It made me think a little of "Young Adam". It wouldn't be a stretch to call this an existential novel (or maybe novella).

However, the ending is ridiculously abrupt. I'm still not sure whether or not the last few chapters were accidentally deleted during uploading. Or maybe my ereader is broken somehow. Or maybe the author died before he could finish the book and the publishers forgot to mention it.

The other thing it needs is a little more character definition. Slade and Mackey didn't behave that consistently and I got them mixed up once or twice. The protagonist also could be a little more consistent. On one hand he doesn't seem to care what happens - this conflicts a little with paragraphs where he seems consumed by paranoia and fear.

I generally liked this book, but what stood out was the atmosphere: the gas station and the chain smoking felt authentic and compelling.
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Review by: Nigel Bird on May 06, 2013 :
There are a number of writers out there who are playing with noir fiction and bending and shaping it in new ways. Think John Rector, Eric Beetner or Heath Lowrance. If they’re writers you dig, you should add Chris Rhatigan to the list. He has his own style and that comes to the fore in ‘The Kind Of Friends Who Murder Each Other’. Truth be told, I was bowled over by the end of the first chapter; from then on he just kept on hurling the balls at me and his characters until things had to end. This book is taut, strong and put together like an old classic. Don’t miss out.
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