Review: Every Shallow Cut by Tom Piccirilli
EVERY SHALLOW CUT ranks among Tom Piccirilli’s best work. For some of you, that’s all you need to know.
The nameless narrator, a midlist writer recoiling from a stalled career and failed marriage, finds himself adrift in a merciless economy with litte more than his trusty bulldog and a pawnshop pistol. Traveling cross-country to seek help from his estranged brother, he embarks on a secondary journey through his past and a headspace that grows increasingly bleak.
As abrupt and vicious as a kick to the shin, EVERY SHALLOW CUT plays very much like TAXI DRIVER, were Travis Bickle a talented but “uncommercial” author. Piccirilli’s protagnist picks at some heavy emotional scabs, but his rumination of a writer’s inability to stay afloat (despite critical success and no lack of skill) really slices to the marrow.
A marvelous noir-flavored character study. Not to be missed.