Sunday, April 6, 2014

Book Review: “Southern Select: A Dutch Curridge Novel” by Tim Bryant, 2013, Kindle Edition.

The story of private dick Dutch Curridge continues in “Southern Select”. Tim Bryant continues his crisp lyric style and down home storytelling with savory servings of slice after slice of death, shoe leather, and twists all with the tasty pleasantness of a freshly baked apple pie.

You tell me what could be better than opening a tale with a dead man and a note pinned to him. Yeah, this isn’t your mother’s Paddington Bear. And to complicate matters the corpse isn’t the corpse he’s supposed to be. Winston Churchill’s immortal words of ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’ is surely laid out to perfection in this novel of conundrum.

As with his first installment, reviewed just a few weeks ago, Mr. Bryant paces a marvelously intriguing story with colorful and rich characters and dialogue that poetically paces the action along in an easy but rhythmic fashion.

Consider the subtly through this snippet from our hero, Dutch, assessing the dead man through his personal effects, in this case his wallet:

                              “I felt bad about taking his wallet, but it didn’t make any
                              sense, putting it in a six foot hole at Mount Olivet, so I
                              kept it. Its thinness saddened me, though, its sides rubbing
                              together like an empty stomach.”

Telling and graphic, straight to the point while beautifully written. In just a few words Tim Bryant describes an inanimate object that reflexively tells us volumes about the two men in the center of this gritty novel.


If you don’t buy this book you deserve another knuckle sandwich.



Anonymous-9 said...

So glad to see Tim Bryant getting much-deserved reviews, especially one as good as this. I'm going to Twitter Lurid Lit right now and tell everybody to get on over here.

JosephPatchen said...

As always, thank you. He deserves it.

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