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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Book Review: “Jimmy” by William Malmborg, 2011, Kindle Edition.



I have a confession: I came by this book in a rather interesting way via a publisher of mine through Facebook. It seems the author was being besieged by reviews based on the reading of the first page or two; then by a spate of witch hunt styled rants paralleling that first anemic and ridiculous conclusion.

Being someone with an author page myself, my hackles raised and I asked if I might review this book for our regular get together. Mr. Malmborg kindly obliged understanding that while I may be polite, I may end up not being a fan. But before anyone shouts ‘fix’ or any synonym thereof; you all know me better. You also know that I enjoy an internet hub-bub.

We have all read our share of serial killer books; fiction and non to various degrees of satisfaction. Fictionally, specifically, over the years, even the most celebrated of these tales have tended to yawn their way into zombie-like cliché formulas of blood splatter and comic book chatter with characters thinner than the paper they are printed on.

However, I am happy to say our story today is different. This book is exceptionally different. This book more than any other I have read recently is superior both in style and content. “Jimmy”, is not your average budding serial miscreant and that is why I highly recommend this book.

For the first time in a long time I have read a story about a human monster that is not only complete in profile but believably realistic. William Malmborg’s “Jimmy” is not a one dimensional sociopath; he is real, with an alter ego, a family life, and a coming of age which gives this story and this character credence and depth, something that has been rare in this trope for some time.

You see all sides of this monster; the public shell he hides himself behind and the sick perverted pig he is when he plies his trade. The dialogue is realistic; the plot all too plausible, and because of this grounding in reality, the terror it all conveys is all too chilling. I don’t know what research Mr. Malmborg did in preparation for this piece, but it is exceptional as is his pace, plotting and overall writing style.

What also sets this book apart is the focus on the victims. The girls are not treated simply as screaming and pleading objects. They are not numbers or vignettes. They are just as real and as gritty as this tale and while their degradation is certainly spelled out in detail they are the true heroes here.

I don’t merely suggest you buy this book --- I demand you buy this book as it is a work that should be referenced for any writer of this genre.

Buy it here.

2 comments:

Ricky said...

Great review of a fantastic book.

JosephPatchen said...

Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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