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December 19, 2008 / C.T. Henry

REVIEW: Small Crimes by Dave Zeltserman

small-crimesThis dark, claustrophobic tale follows ex-con Joe Denton after he is released from seven years in prison.  Joe is stuck between a rock and a hard place for most of the book as the corrupt, small town sheriff wants him to kill one of two people: DA Phil Coakley or loan shark Manny Vassey.  DA Coakley has been reading the Bible to Manny, as he suffers from terminal cancer in the hospital.  If DA Coakley successfully gets Manny to talk, his dying confession will put the sheriff and Joe in prison for a long time.

The writing is taut, and Zesterman keeps you guessing in this excellently crafted thriller.  While Joe tries to go straight, circumstances always seem to work against him. You keep asking yourself: How’s Joe going to get out of this one?  The twists and turns of the novel are very entertaining, and the ending is pitch perfect.  Highly Recommended!

I’m not the only one who loves this book. My buddy, Corey Wilde, wrote a wonderful review over at The Drowning Machine.

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