Review: Down and Out in Purgatory by Tim Powers



Publisher: Subterranean Press

Publishing Date: June 2016

ISBN: 9781596067813

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3 meh’s

Publishers Description: What do you do if the man you’ve vowed to kill dies before you can kill him?
In college, Tom Holbrook worshipped Shasta DiMaio from afar, but she married the arrogant John Atwater—and Atwater eventually murdered her. All that’s left for Tom is revenge. He has devoted the rest of his life to finding Atwater and killing him—but when he finally finds him, Atwater is in a bag in the Los Angeles County morgue.

Review: The cover art is good because of boob, but doesn’t tie into the story.

This was a very short read and thrusts you right into the meat of the story line from the get-go. There is no build up to the characters in terms of a lengthy backstory. Just a truncated look at three people pasts with a heavy dose of emotion to give the relationship substance.  Only you find yourself stretching pretty deep to find any empathy.

***Spoiler Alert***

The idea that some guy would willingly let someone blow his head off to find and punish a college friend in the afterlife, is fookin’ ridiculous. Not only is it many years later but the relevance to maintaining a story line is weak at best.  The writing is really good though and keeps you hanging in there as it flows nicely. Buy/Don’t buy…meh.

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