Review: Fuckin’ Lie Down Already by Tom Piccirilli

A deceptively simple and straight-forward revenge tale, Tom Piccirilli’s FUCKIN’ LIE DOWN ALREADY draws its strength not from its matter-of-fact plot (an honest cop with a gangrenous stomach wound from the attempted hit that claimed his wife and son settles the score with the mobster that wanted him dead), but rather its raw, unflinching look at death, loss, and retribution.

Clay, the protagonist (“our hero” just doesn’t sound right in this context), should by all rights be dead–he’s leaking important fluids and his insides are scrambled from his assassin’s bullet–but with grim determination he fights through the agony, both physical and emotional, to avenge his family. And with his keen sense of detail and deft characterization Piccirilli makes us feel it, too, submerging us into Clay’s pain until we’re ready to pick up our own throwaway .38.

A bracing slice of noir grimness, FUCKIN’ LIE DOWN ALREADY is short, not at all sweet, but damn fine reading.

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