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Tower will be reviewed by Betty Webb in the Holiday issue of Mystery Scene magazine (out in November). Here's a sneak peek at the review:
"My top recommendation is Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman’s Tower. I’m certain that at some point Ken Bruen has written bad prose, but I haven’t found it yet. Here the brilliant Irish noirist shares a byline with Coleman as they work in tandem, telling the story of two tough Brooklyn boys who eventually fall in with the mob. Bruen writes the voice of Nick in gorgeous, mean, Irish punk prose, while Coleman does a superb job with Todd, Nick’s less volatile Jewish friend. Set before the events of 9/11, Nick’s father is a bitter, shot-up cop working security at the World Trade Center. 'Rage kept him grounded,' Nick comments. A battered child, Nick grows up taking out his frustrations on other men’s chins, and eventually winds up working for Boyle, a Bible-spouting psychopath. But not all is grit and gloom. Nick’s interior monologues are quite amusing, especially when he says the exact opposite of what he thinks. Coleman’s Todd is deeply satisfying, too, but in a different way. While foregoing the music of Bruen’s prose, Coleman masterfully paints a picture of an essentially decent Todd whose petty-thief life forces him into a corner he’d rather not be in. 'I’ve always been a bit of a moth. Show me a flame and I’m there.' "
Tower is an October "Top Shelf Pick" for Austin's BookPeople!
In his review, BookPeople's Scott Montgomery says, "Reed Farrel Coleman and Ken Bruen set the bar for other crime writers. They find the inherent literary qualities in the genre and bring them into bloom. Bruen takes Hammett’s tough, terse phrasing fusing it with attitude of punk rock for a driving, cynical force. Coleman taps into the prose poetry and jazz lyricism of noir fiction and the melancholy of the lone PI to deliver a hardboiled humanism. Together they give us Tower, the story of Nick and Todd, two friends and thieves told in Rashamon style that allows the distinct voice of each other to be uncompromised.... The parallel stories work beautifully. Bruen gives enough narrative space for Coleman to fill without repetition and allow the other expand their style.... Only these two authors could have pulled of this book with both the strong characterization and pace.... The book also finds a way to be a throwback to what a lot of crime fiction fans have mourned, the short (200 pages or less) novel. It has the echoes and experimentation of those paperbacks from the forties to the sixties written by the likes of David Goodis and Dan J. Marlowe. The short format allowed risks that many current over written novels can’t take. Tower reminds you of that tight storytelling that delivered on the edge storytelling with the pathos and punch that drew many of us to the genre in the first place."