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  • Posted June 29, 2010

    Strange but awesome!

    Strange things are happening to/around Dane and long before he's released from prison for accidentally running over a traffic cop two years earlier.

    How to explain this book...noir maffia? Supernatural crime drama? There's not what I'd call romance in this book but there is love and affection between characters.

    The book moves back and forth through time and sometimes you don't even realize that you've all of a sudden jumped back to the past until the present makes itself known.

    There are many things that aren't tied up neatly by the end and I usually hate that but this book is just so good. So interesting, that by the end you feel like it all makes sense - just don't look too closely or you'll realize that there are still many unknowns.

    So, just like this review, it's a story that's all over the place. The characters are fascinating, the ending surprising and somewhat abrupt but it's so well written that you won't mind not knowing how you got there.

    Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2006

    Dark, blackly humorous mob-ghost fantasy-noir!

    Nobody crosses genre borders the way Tom Piccirilli does. Doubt my word, check out HEADSTONE CITY or his previous efforts NOVEMBER MOURNS and A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN. His prose is muscular, atmospheric, funny as hell, noir-ish, moving...there's just not enough adjectives to cover how good this guy is. His work--especially this novel--sticks with me...entire passages, concepts, characters. Piccirilli writes with real flare and flavor, crossing boundaries at will to find the darkest heart of the subject matter of which he writes. Filled with an offbeat, memorable cast of characters, this is a mob tale filled with the supernatural, the bizarre, and plenty of Broolyn flavor, and yet there's an authenticity to the story and the prose that will grip you by the scruff and give you a good shake. This is a real grabber of a dark fantasy/crime thriller that will drag you through a Brooklyn neighborhood where friends grow to become enemies, where the dead never rest, where family matters stretch across the line of the living and the dead. Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2006

    A terrific mixture of crime thriller and dark fantasy

    Piccirilli's latest novel is a terrific fusion of crime thriller and dark fantasy tale, as a mobster with psychic powers goes after his childhood friend, cab driver Johnny 'Dane' Danetello. This book has it all: action, humor, chills, horror, searing dialogue, and a dark but fun atmosphere that will keep you turning pages. Yet another winner from Piccirilli, who's probably my favorite fantasist currently working in the field. You can never be sure what kind of a story he'll turn out next, but you know it'll be a daring grabber.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong horror thriller

    On his last day in the joint while in the showers, some cons on orders by the Monticelli family try to kill Dane they are weaklings and he is able to use moves he learned in the army to disarm them. During his time in prison, he is visited by the ghost of Annie Monticelli who he drove to Bedford-Stuyvesant and waited in the car while she went into a drug dealer¿s house where she took a lethal dose of a drug cocktail. The Monticelli family blames him even though he ran over a traffic cop in order to get her to a hospital. --- Dane did twenty months for vehicular assault and now that he served his time, he is free to go. He should go anywhere except to old neighborhood but there are old scores to settle especially with Vincent Monticelli, who used to be his best friend and now has a contract out on his head. Although there isn¿t a chance for them to be together, Dane loves Maria Monticelli. In the course of the mob war, Vince has a plan that will give them what them both want. --- Vince and Dane once cheated death when they went through a windshield that left them with psychic powers. Besides talking to the dead, Dane can call the souls out of those alive to speak to him when they are sleeping so that he can get information from them. Vince is clairvoyant and can see three different possible futures in the time track. It is up to the audience to decide whether the gifts are real or the imagining s of these dangerous men. Tom Piccirilli writes horror of the human and supernatural kind and thus contains graphic violence. With HEADSTONE CITY, Mr. Piccirilli is a sure bet to be nominated for another Bram Stoker award. --- Harriet Klausner

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