Saturday, June 06, 2009

Tower -- Ken Bruen & Reed Farrel Coleman

David Thompson's been doing a great job with his Busted Flush Press. He's reprinted some fine novels, and he's published anthologies packed with entertaining stories, some of which have been nominated for big-time awards, including the Edgar. Up until now, however, he hasn't hit the jackpot. That's about to change. He's got a new distribution deal with Consortium, and in September he's publishing Tower, an original novel by a couple of big names, Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman.

It's the story of Nick and Todd, a couple of guys from Brooklyn who form a friendship as kids and continue it into adulthood, where it's really put to the test. I can't tell you exactly how without spoiling things, but I can tell you that it involves plenty of violence, low-life characters, cops, killers, conspiracies, gangsters, double crosses, and surprises. There's even some romance and happiness, though of course the latter doesn't ever last very long.

Bruen tells the first half of the tale, which is Nick's, and Coleman finishes things off by telling Todd's story, which is sort of the same story, except that it's not. We see some of the events from each perspective, but of course some of them we see from one perspective only. If that sounds tricky, it was probably tricky to write but Bruen and Coleman make it easy to follow.

Besides the novel, there's some bonus material: an essay by Coleman that explains how the book was written, and three interviews conducted by Craig McDonald, one with Bruen, one with Coleman, and one with Allan Guthrie, who edited the book.

This book has everything going for it, and I think it's going to be a big seller. Grab it in September and see if you agree.

Update: David mentions in his comment below that the bonus material is available only in the galley but that it'll be available on-line for free.

1 comment:

David Thompson said...

Actually, Bill, that bonus material is exclusive to the galley, but it'll be made available online when the book is published. :-)

Thanks so much!!!!