by Michael Laimo
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Atmosphere by Michael Laimo

Frank Ballaro, police detective, is retiring shortly. Or is he? A trail of blood on the curb outside his apartment leads to an alley where two young men have been severely mutilated. But they're not dead. Something keeps them alive. In the hands of one is a strange object, something he holds onto for dear life. Something he calls...atmosphere.

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BN ID: 2940013257702
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Publication date: 10/07/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,231,814
File size: 1 MB

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Atmosphere 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DazThreeNine More than 1 year ago
Mike's debut novel is a taut, action packed thriller that skilfully combines a gritty Cop story set in the seething mass of Manhattan with an Alien presence wreaking havoc amongst the young men of the City. Add in some distinctly Noir elements and you have a surefire winner. Centred around the relentless and conflicted Detective Frank Ballaro, his long time friend on the force Captain Rodriguez, and their dogged refusal to let the case drop, Atmosphere is a thudding, intense story that drags you along to an ending of violence, conspiracy and blind courage, with numerous twists, traps and tests of Frank's psyche. The strange device called Atmosphere is a unique and cunning device that works on both victim and reader as you find yourself drawn in to the tense drama, that is fleshed out with colourful characters drawn from the equally descriptive streets of New York City
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel read okay. It¿s sort of a cross genre of detective and horror with a bit of science fiction added in for flavor. A bit heavy on gerund and participle clauses, but no big deal. Worth a look.......................
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Laimo's ATMOSPHERE is a stunning debut novel from this writer that's breaking out from the small press into the pros. A truly dark urban horror tale, we follow two gritty cops from the very beginning and don't let go until the very end. Non stop action from page one on. A great mystery story coupled with disturbing horror elements makes this one gratifying read, reminiscent of Dean Koontz's The Bad Place, or Cold Fire. Folks, you won't be dissapointed here. The only sad part about the book is how quickly the end comes. You're gonna wish for more, take my word for it. I bought the Limited Edition of this book, and read it in three days. You won't be able to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently purchased the hardcover of Michael Laimo's Atmosphere, and was hooked from the get-go. He draws you in from page one, and doesn't let you go until the action stops on the last page. Non-stop action with chapter POV switches reminiscent of Dean Koontz books. I highly recommend this incredible debut release...just make sure that you have nothing to do when you start because you won't be able to put this baby down. I'm looking forward to buying this paperback version to add to my collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
2002 is proving to be a year a lot of authors who earned their stripes with short fiction in the small press are coming into their own with debut novels: Scott Nicholson, Teri A. Jacobs, John Urbancik, Gary Jonas...and Michael Laimo.

When the word ¿atmosphere¿ is employed in literary discussions, it usually refers to the sense of place the author conveys through descriptions of the setting and weather conditions. To be sure, Laimo delivers plenty of atmosphere in this sense. His novel opens up with a vivid depiction of a rainy day on the streets of New York. You can almost feel the raindrops running down the back of your neck.

But it¿s not the water that proves troubling to Detective Frank Ballaro; it¿s the blood he finds on his shoe. Having just closed a high profile murder case, Ballaro is looking forward to a well-earned three-day vacation. But just as there¿s no rest for the wicked, there is no rest for those who track them down. Following the trail of blood, Ballaro is shocked when a naked boy comes running out of the alley, only to be splattered by a taxicab. The boy¿s dying word is ¿Atmosphere.¿ An investigation of the alley the blood was running from reveals another naked boy, whose genitalia is as horribly mutilated as the other boy¿s. Before the startled eyes of Ballaro and the responding policemen, a bald-headed man dressed in black and wearing sunglasses seizes the boy¿s body, dragging it into a hole. Though Ballaro is technically only a witness in this case, as he¿s off duty and this isn¿t his jurisdiction, he can¿t walk away from the mystery. He prevails upon his old friend Captain Hector Rodriguez to let him help with the investigation. It seems the more leads they follow up, the more inexplicable it becomes. What do young bald men wearing black and sunglasses and young men who like techno music have to do with a series of abductions across the country? And what does this have to do with the dying boy¿s enigmatic last word, atmosphere? Evidence points to a conspiracy of incredible proportions-one which the detectives soon begin to believe the FBI knows much more about than they¿re saying.

In Frank Ballaro, Laimo has created a believable, multi-faceted character worthy of a full series of books. Ballaro is made up of three disparate personalities: the strong truth-seeking detective, the timid common man and the irrationally impulsive tough guy. These personalities conflict with one another, vying for dominance of his decision making.

Laimo borrows equally from pulp and mainstream traditions, concocting a heady, fast-acting brew that will satisfy fans of mystery, horror and science fiction alike. In structure, the novel is a police procedural. It¿s full of investigative detail and jurisdictional rivalry between city cops and the FBI. The murder scenes (and other set pieces best not described here) are loaded with enough gruesome detail to please any gore hound. The science behind the book¿s events is well explained and original. The different genre elements are woven together so tightly they become inextricable. This is the only book I¿ve encountered this year that ought to be given equal consideration for a first novel Edgar, Stoker and Hugo.

Laimo¿s short fiction signaled him as a promising young author. Atmosphere delivers more generously on that promise than anticipated. Laimo¿s going to be big; count on it. I would recommend purchasing the limited edition hardcover available from Delirium Books this July, but if money is an object, Leisure Books will have an eminently affordable edition on the shelves in September. Whichever one you go for, you¿re in for a hell of a ride.