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Small Crimes

Agues Meanwhile local mafia don Manny Vassey is dying of cancer and keen to cut a deal with God He’s thinking of singing to the DA if this will set him up for a better afterlife And he knows stuff that will. Joe Denton ex cop ex cokehead ex arsonist is released on early parole after having spent only seven years in a jail instead of doing 20 years in a maximum security prison He had slashed the face of the district attorney who stumbled on him during a robbery attempt and then he had tried to set fire to the office Joe wants nothing better than to get his act together and be left alone Unfortunately the corrupt sheriff who had kept Joe out of maximum security in return for keeping uiet about the crimes they had committed now wants Joe to kill a prospective informer or the DA who ever since his disfigurement has made a crusade of trying to root out all the corruption in the communitySince the narrator is totally unreliable one never uite knows the truth of the story as he recounts it nor his motivations Joe is abandoned by his parents his ex wife his former colleagues everyone The police are all corrupt he is manipulated and betrayed at every turn We try to feel sorry for him yet one wonders all the while of his true motivation Does he really want to support his children does he really like Charlotte does he really want to stay off cocaine He s ostensibly a very bright guy who has gone horribly wrong Yet how much of it is self delusionalVery hard to put down I read this because I had enjoyed Zeltserman s Julius Katz charming stories This book is very different but very good He is definitely on my list of not to miss authors

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Crooked cop Joe Denton gets out of prison early after disfiguring the local district attorney which doesn’t help his popularity Nobody wants Joe to hang around not his ex wife his parents or his former colle. This is a dark noirish tale of tormented characters who have no real hope of happiness or redemtpion Joe Denton was a corrupt cop who lost his soul his wife and his children to his gambling and drug addictions even before he brutally attacked Phil Coakley the DA and disfigured him for life Joe has spent seven years in jail and once released would like nothing than to put his past behind him reunite with his wife and children and live happily every after But within hours of his release Joe s checkered past has reached out to grab him once again His parents are uneasy and would rather he not stay with them his ex wife and kids have left for parts unknown an old crime boss is dying of cancer and threatening to take Joe down with him and his corrupt ex boss wants Joe to clean up the mess that threatens the both of themDenton finds himself in an impossible situation but struggles to make the best of it But the tentacles of his tortured past grip him like a vice and mock the dreams to which he now aspires This is a lean taut book that will appeal to those who like their crime fiction raw and cut close to the bone and Dave Zeltzerman is a writer to look out for

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Send Joe down again for a very long timeSet in the pressure cooker of a very small town Small Crimes is an explosive thriller that brings the claustrophobic hell of Jim Thompson and James M Cain right up to da. Hell isn t down below us it s alive and well in a small town in Vermont This was like driving through a thick fog and you can t get out of it soon enough This claustrophobic tale that takes a look into the criminalcoked up mind of crooked cop Joe Denton stuck with me for a few days I m looking forward to the second one in Zeltserman s Badass Gets Out of Jail trilogy But to tell ya the truthI grabbed my next Myron Bolitar to read next Had to lighten it up a bit


About the Author: Dave Zeltserman

Author of the crime noir novel SMALL CRIMES named by NPR as the best crime and mystery novel of 2008 and by the Washington Post as one of the best novels of 2008 and made into a major film to be released in 2017 starring Nikolaj Coster Waldau Molly Parker Gary Cole Robert Forster and Jacki Weaver Shamus Award winner for JULIUS KATZ Ellery ueen's Readers Choice Award winner for ARCHIE'S



10 thoughts on “Small Crimes

  1. says:

    This is a dark noirish tale of tormented characters who have no real hope of happiness or redemtpion Joe Denton was a corrupt cop who lost his soul his wife and his children to his gambling and drug addictions even before he brutally

  2. says:

    Small Crimes is the first book in Dave Zeltserman's impressive three book Badass Get Out of Jail seuence They do not have to be read in order What distinguishes the books are the different voices of three lethal dudes In Pariah Zelt

  3. says:

    I feel like I should have liked this book than I did I've had it sitting on a pile of books waiting to be reviewed for the past couple of weeks and I haven't been able to think of what to really say about it Now today it's due back at the library and it must leave the pile of books so I guess I should say something right? If the book were a Buddhist maybe it would be a compliment to say it just is and leave it at that Books that

  4. says:

    Sure it's dark but Joe always has the hope of redemption in his mindRead whilst ill in bed in Boxford Suffolk and my friends were all at the pubAfter reading great reviews of Outsourced Melki and Pariah Ed finding this on the shelf in Brighton was uite the exciting find I'm not sure it lived up to the praise of the other two howeverThe seuence is titled Badass Gets Out Of Jail and sure the charactr in Pariah

  5. says:

    Joe Denton ex cop ex cokehead ex arsonist is released on early parole after having spent only seven years in a jail instead of doing 20 years in a maximum security prison He had slashed the face of the district attorney who stumbled on him during a robbery attempt and then he had tried to set fire to the office Joe wants nothing better than to get his act together and be left alone Unfortunately the corrupt sheriff who

  6. says:

    Once I figured out that Joe Denton was as full of s as a porta potty on a construction site I was able to sit back and enjoy this book I have to admit that it took me awhile to catch on I think it was when he was surprised his ex wife didn't t

  7. says:

    Hell isn't down below us it's alive and well in a small town in Vermont This was like driving through a thick fog and you

  8. says:

    Joe Denton is an ex dirty cop cocaine and gambling addict who gets out of prison after 7 years doing county time for attempting to murder the DA and trying to burn down his office When he gets out he thinks he'll start afr

  9. says:

    I watched the underwhelming Neflix movie of Small Crimes first which is the wrong order For some reason I felt that there was a good story hiding beneath the barely comprehensible screenplay I didn’t even know that it was a novel but I looked around to get it in print from movie to book is always an upgrade I was right that there was a good story buried under the filmJoe Denton is a completely toxic human being and

  10. says:

    Great pace consistently dark tone and an original approach Zeltserman is a confident enough writer that even when he seemingly paints himself into a corner he finds a way to get himself out of itIt's hard not to compare it to Jim Thompson It has that same approach the morally ambiguous characters and an unapologetic blacknessThe end felt a l

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