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From Barnes & NobleNew Orleans, 1987. Roy Cady, hit man and heavy, has just received a death sentence. His lung X-rays reveal snowy white images, tumors that will kill him, and quickly. Outside the doctor's office, he lights a cigarette, believing there's not much sense in quitting now. His life has been a hard road, filled with loveless sex, violent work, and untrustworthy people. So he'll do what he's always done — which includes showing up at a shakedown that very night.
When the meeting doesn't quite go as planned, Roy departs, taking a witness with him: a young runaway who'd fallen in with the wrong crowd.
On the run from the law, and driven by memories of a woman he can't forget, Roy, accompanied by 18-year-old Rocky, drives west to the beaches of Galveston, Texas.
Galveston is a dark, captivating novel of redemption in the underworld.
A good start in life is often the result of sheer good fortune, and bad luck, for some, is just the way it is: "It's fair like a lottery's fair." Once in a while, though, a hardened criminal is capable of performing a good deed for an innocent bystander, without betraying his character. There's light in the darkness, and in his illuminating debut novel, Pizzolatto reveals a sliver of it.
"An assured debut full of hard truths."
— Chuck Hogan, author of Devils in Exile