Published by : Alibi (May 26, 2015)
Pages: 223 | ISBN: 978-1-101-88262-7
In a brilliantly stylish breakthrough thriller for fans of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho and Will Christopher Baer’s Kiss Me, Judas, here is the compelling tale of a man who has lost it all—and is now navigating a crooked, harrowing path to redemption.
Once a suburban husband and father, now the man has lost all sense of time. He retains only a few keepsakes of his former life: a handmade dining room table, an armoire and dresser from the bedroom, and a tape of the last message his wife ever left on their answering machine. These are memories of a man who no longer exists. Booze and an affair with a beautiful woman provide little relief, with the only meaning left in his life comes from his assignments. An envelope slipped under the door of his apartment with the name and address of an unpunished evildoer. The unspoken directive to kill. And every time he does, he marks the occasion with a memento: a tattoo. He has a lot of tattoos.
But into this unchanging existence seep unsettling questions. How much of what he feels and sees can he trust? How much is a lie designed to control him? He will risk his own life—and the lives of everyone around him—to find out.
“Sweet hot hell, Richard Thomas writes like a man possessed, a man on fire, a guy with a gun to his head. And you’ll read Disintegration like there’s a gun to yours, too. A twisted masterpiece.”—Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Double Dead
“Disintegration is gritty neo-noir; a psycho-sexual descent into an unhinged psyche and an underworld Chicago that could very well stand in for one of the rings of Dante’s Hell. Richard Thomas’ depraved-doomed-philosopher hitman is your guide. I suggest you do as he says and follow him, if you know what’s good for you.”—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Little Sleep
A man lost to the world is spending his time trying to forget the past. Once was he a husband and father now he is a killer that mementos every kill with a tattoo; he has a lot of tattoos.
I must admit that this is not a book I would have chosen to read at first glance. But when I was asked to take part of the blog tour for it did I find the story interesting enough to say yes and I'm glad I did.
Yes, the story is black as the night, gritty, bloody and frankly a hell of a lot depressing to read. But it was also, intriguing and sad to read. Well intriguing when I got into the story, it took me a while to get the hang of the rhythm, but when I did everything got a lot smoother. The chapters in this book are very short, some only a couple of sentences long, but it suits the story. It's a first person narrative and you really get a sense that his memory is not as it used to be because of all the booze.
As I said before this is not a happy story and I didn't expect a happy ending, but in a way it was a good ending, it could have ended a lot worse for out nameless killer.
Richard Thomas is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in more than a hundred publications. Nominated for five Pushcart Prizes, he is the author of the novel Transubstantiate and two short-story collections, Herniated Roots and Staring into the Abyss. Thomas lives with his family in the Chicago area.
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