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Geschrieben von Nic Pizzolatto

Erzählt von Walter Kreye

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Galveston

Geschrieben von Nic Pizzolatto

Erzählt von Walter Kreye

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4/5 (10 Bewertungen)
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Sep 19, 2014
ISBN:
9783862314348
Format:
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New Orleans 1987: Das Leben des Syndikat-Killers Roy Cady nimmt eine abrupte Wendung, als bei ihm Lungenkrebs diagnostiziert wird und sein Boss ihn wegen einer Eifersuchtsgeschichte umlegen lassen will. Nur knapp kann er dem Anschlag entgehen und dabei sogar ein junges Mädchen retten. Zusammen mit dessen kleiner Schwester fliehen sie an die texanische Küste und stranden in einem heruntergekommenen Motel in Galveston. Doch schnell sind ihnen Syndikat und Polizei auf den Fersen und Cady muss sich entscheiden, ob er sich allein in Sicherheit bringen oder zum ersten Mal in seinem Leben Verantwortung übernehmen will.
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Sep 19, 2014
ISBN:
9783862314348
Format:
Hörbuch

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  • (5/5)
    loved true detective, but couldn't get into this book..
  • (3/5)
    This debut novel from the mind that brought us HBO's True Detective series is loaded with atmosphere and well crafted characters with little to look forward to in life. What it lacks is a compelling plot to keep me turning pages.Thanks to the folks at the Pulp Fiction group for introducing this and many other fine books.
  • (5/5)
    moves at the right pace. plenty of reality. dialogue sounds like real people in trouble. no perfect ending. yes.
  • (4/5)
    Fast, dark, and haunting. Like Kem Nunn crossed with Cormac McCarthy.
  • (4/5)
    I bought this book with high expectations. After becoming hooked on Nic Pizzolatto's writing style through the HBO series, TRUE DETECTIVE, (TD) it was through a review of that series, I learned about GALVESTON and bought it immediately.

    I've given GALVESTON four stars, but almost gave it three. Three/four/three/four, I waffled for a while, eventually landing on four, because ultimately, I "really" did like his writing style. The consideration of a three star review would have stemmed from trying to compare it up against TD - and eventually I decided that was possibly unfair considering the mediums of delivery.

    To address GALVESTON, there were areas in the book where the storyline got muddy for me. Nic Pizzolatto's writing style is tight, with little in the way of explanation for a shift in timing. Similar to TD, the book bounces between present day and the past, but some of that can slip up on you. In a couple of instances, I had to back up and re-read passages again to realize, oh, okay, we've transitioned to this timeframe.

    Also, I never fully understood what made the main character, Roy Cady, take Rocky with him. Was it to save her because he figured he couldn't save himself? Was it because he wanted to do something for someone to change their life? Or, was it because he simply liked the way she looked and thought, maybe...maybe...? I doubt that. Roy Cady, similar to the character of Rusten Cole in TRUE DETECTIVE, was a bit of a purist. Maybe it didn't really matter why he took her.

    One surprise was the fact I could see through the writing in some places, and by that I mean see effort in the choice of words, see the reach for that Cormac McCarthy style. Not often, but it was there. Last, the ending seemed a bit rushed, like he was trying to wrap it all up.

    So, that was what I didn't care for.

    What I liked was that both Roy and Rocky were believable characters. Those down and out of luck sorts of people who somehow make do. The ones who get on with their hard, hopeless lives, moving beyond difficulties and trouble in only the way people who've only known bad luck and nothing else can do.

    There were areas of brilliant writing too, like this sentence, "As though I were protected, on a streak. I felt so sensory and aware I could almost detect each individual atom of smoke rolling over my skin like gravel." And this, "Certain experiences you can't survive, and afterward you don't fully exist, even if you failed to die." I mean, WOW, right?

    All in all, I was always eager to get back to the book, anxious to see what happened to these characters. It's not a happy story. But that's what you get with noir. I understand it, and expected nothing less than a disturbing story. Bottom line, when I finished it, I was satisfied, the ending made sense, and there was closure to the important points of the story.
  • (4/5)
    GALVESTON Review If you choose to read GALVESTON, by Nick Pizzolatto, be prepared for one helluva tragic journey through a bleak landscape. I was drawn into the dingy atmosphere of this book and swept away into a world where I could see and smell and touch everything. Pizzolatto's prose is simplistic but punchy. The man knows how to say a whole lot with very little. There are no heroes here, and I'm especially fond of those types of tales.

    The opening of the book is a gunshot to the face. The middle is slow and peppered with jarring time jumps, but you should get used to them after the first one. Then you get to the blackmail (that's as close to a spoiler as you get) and things pick back up. My one complaint, and it's a pretty big one, is that we spend so much time with Roy and Rocky and Tiffany and their two weeks together only to speed through the ending like a hyperactive toddler freebasing cocaine and Sugar Smacks. I thought about why it felt like this, and the only thing I can think of is that maybe this was a novella that became Big-Six inflated. Meaning, the publisher (SIMON & SCHUSTER are infamous for this shit) requested more material so that they could sell it as a full-length novel. Same thing happened with Gaiman's THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, but there, the filler worked. Here, not so much. And trust me, I know this is an unpopular opinion, but it's my opinion, and I loves it likes my own!

    I would only recommend this book to those of you who enjoy a diet high in tragedy and immoral fiber. GALVESTON is a well written novel that messes with your feels, not to mention, you will be covered in a thin coat of muck and grime by the time you finish the final pages.

    In summation, I like depressing shit, but GALVESTON lost a star for dragging its ass all over the place like a worm-infected Terrier. Fo' outta five hookers.
  • (5/5)
    So a few nights ago I was wandering around my home town, singing the theme from True Detective at the top of my lungs and wondering what the hell happened to my Batman pyjamas. An acoustic accompaniment surged up from the brickwork and echoed along the inky blackness of the Leeds/Liverpool like the ghosts of dead navvies playing for their souls. And then I woke up, lurid trouserware restored. You can't get away from Nic Pizzolatto's enthralling tv series even in the embrace of Morpheus. Having reached episode three, further research revealed the writer and brainchild behind the series had written a fairly well received novel. So here it is. It tells the story of Roy Cady or rather Roy tells his own story. He's a bagman for a New Orleans loan shark named Stan Ptitko. Roy gets a double life changing alarm call in the shape of lung cancer and an attempt to set him up for the big sleep by his own boss. What our unreliable narrator steers our gaze away from is just how bad a man Roy Cady is, his job description often going way beyond threats with menaces. Roy is very good at making other people dead. He survives his date with death, killing everyone at the double cross and along with the only other survivor, a young prostitute, the two of them hit the road.It would be a stretch to describe the book as a crime thriller though it certainly occupies the framework of a crime novel but like its protagonist it wants to be something else. Pizzolatto is far more committed to exploring human nature. Roy is the archetypal killer. It's the man's one true tallent. And he wants to change. Wants to draw a line. He's confronted with his own mortality which forces him to look into the shadows of his own character. He sees the young prostitute, Rocky, as being something still unminted. She's the vamp - the femme fatale but Roy still sees the archetypal ingenue or at least the possibility. If he can't save himself, then maybe he can save her. But Rocky has her own dark secrets and motivations that confound Roy's expectations. The crime novel has never been a genre that disregarded the philosophical but generally it would be used to colour the narrative and add depth and substance to the characters, rather than actually being the focus, with the plot and narrative falling behind to mere backdrop. There are some big ideas and complex philosophical conundrums going on that Galvaston with its always sunny beach and Motel populated with broken or lost humanity, somehow serves up the time to explore them in a pulp sized burp of fiction. And like in True Detective, Pizzolatto uses the passage of time to show a more complete picture of the life tracks involved. People change and one smiling snapshot in the sun tells nothing at all. The author's writing is insightful, colourful, entertaining and challenging. Some of the early chapters are filled with some eyebrow lifting metaphor and imagery but it soon gets reigned in as Pizzolatto finds his stride. A true page turner.
  • (4/5)
    With the resounding success of True Detective, and the recommendation of writer Harry Shannon, I decided to check out Galveston, a novel written by Nic Pizzolatto, the creator and writer of the acclaimed HBO series.Although I enjoyed the TV series more, there was a lot to like in this story of a down on his luck bag man trying to hide from his crazy ex-boss who would like nothing more than to go to his funeral.Roy Cady, called Big Country without affection, believes he's dying and befriends a young hooker and her three year old "sister," as he hides from those who would hasten his death. Try as he might, Cady can't break away from the girls. The story itself is fairly simple, but it's not the tale that makes this a good read, it's the telling of the story that wins over the reader. Gritty and filled with the harsh realities from the underbelly of the underworld, Galveston is a book which left me wanting more.Aside from great writing there are really no similarities between True Detective and Galveston, with one notable exception, "The girl sat in the living room's single chair, a large La-Z-Boy where I'd end up sleeping most nights. An army of empty High Life cans covered the floor around the chair--an actual army, because I'd used a knife to cut little strips out of the can sides so that they folded down, like arms, and I'd pulled the tops upright to resemble heads."Galveston was Nic Pizzolatto' s first novel and was published by Scribner in 2010 and is widely available in a number of formats.If you enjoyed watching True Detective, I'm all but certain you'll enjoy reading Galveston.
  • (5/5)
    Loved this book for the first word.
  • (4/5)
    This is an enjoyable dark little book. Under the guise of its characters from the underbelly of life it discusses the role of predetermination in all of our lives. Well written and at times extremely disheartening it weaves the story of a hit man, a young prostitute and her daughter into a tale of fighting against the life you are born into. Strongly recommended.
  • (4/5)
    A good read with a hard edge to it.
  • (3/5)
    I read reviews raving about how this was such a wonderful example of dark southern noir I did not find that to be true of this book. the story is good but it is not particularly dark, violent nor does it have much suspense. Yet again I have allowed "reviews" to help pick a book only to be disappointed.
  • (2/5)
    I was rather disappointed by this novel - I had heard great things about it from a selection of people with whose judgement I generally concur. In the event, however, I found it lacking in decent plot or plausible characterisation, and only managed to complete it under duress. i found the prose style rather inaccessible, too.Quite frankly, I walked into that one, and there goes another eight quid I'll never see again!
  • (4/5)
    Like many people, I suspect, I bought this book because I thought True Detective was terrific. Well, Nic Pizzolatto's 2010 debut novel does not reach those heights, though it certainly contains similarly grim ruminations on the fleeting nature of life and the fickleness of fate.Galveston begins with a blast of chaos as Roy Cady, a New Orleans bagman who has fallen out of favour with his boss, flees the scene of a shootout with a teenage prostitute named Rocky in tow. Going against all of Roy's instincts, the pair remain together and are soon joined by Rocky's three-year-old sister. The story becomes more engrossing as times goes on and the tentative bond between the trio grows. But this is not The Waltons and trouble soon finds Roy and his companions once more. A quick and engaging read.
  • (4/5)
    Roy Cady has a bad feeling about the job his boss, Stan Ptitko, has given him. It should be a routine scare 'em into doing the right thing action but with the final no guns instruction it feels like a set-up. Especially as his partner for the task is the guy he took his ex-girlfriend from who's now with Ptitko. When he finds himself the last man standing when the dust settles, Roy decides his future lies elsewhere and takes the only other survivor of the shoot-out, a young prostitute by the name of Rocky, along for the ride and so that is isn't left behind to face the consequences. Rocky convinces him to make a side trip to her old home and it's not long before he's saddled with another stray, her 3-year-old sister. The trio end up holed up in a motel in Galveston.Coming to this book by way of the author's phenomenally successful TV show, True Detective, it was always going to be difficult for this book to live up to expectations and unfortunately, for me at least, it doesn't come anywhere near. This ends up being a fairly run-of-the-mill noir thriller where damaged characters fail to be sympathetic for this reader to care enough about what's going to happen to them or who survives past the final page. It's not as bad as I seem to have made out but I think it's the lack of originality that is this book's biggest flaw. The writing is decent enough though that if/when he writes another I will not dismiss it out of hand.
  • (5/5)
    Nic Pizzolatto is an author well worth keeping an eye on. This book is very good. Considering it is his debut novel, I think it's superlatively good! Like others, I became aware of him after watching, and thoroughly enjoying, the highly charged and super-atmospheric Louisiana-set 'True Detective' TV series, which he created for HBO after deciding to leave the writers' room of the US adaptation of 'The Killing' - "I want to be the guiding vision. I don't do well serving someone else's vision." Well, I think he definitely knows what he's doing.Galveston is a similarly atmosphere-heavy and gritty Gulf Coast crime thriller, though the story unfolds this time from the perspective of our anti-hero Roy Cady - a New Orleans mob hand. Cady has learnt he has a terminal lung condition when his boss sends him on a job that he is not supposed to come back from. Just about making it out of an ensuing bloodbath, he goes AWOL - taking with him the young hooker he's inadvertently 'rescued' from the sting.As the escape takes Cady and the girl, Rocky, out of New Orleans on an uneasy road trip west into Texas and eventually to a downmarket Galveston island motel; the story flashes forward to a present day small town in Texas: hunkering down as the approaching Hurricane Ike gathers strength, and a broken man with a bad hobble hides in the shadows from a mysterious suit who's been asking around... I listened to a borrowed audio version - read brilliantly by Michael Kramer - so am not able to refer to particular lines, but there is some wonderfully written dialogue and a fantastically moody narrative.With the story cutting between the Galveston scene, and the approaching storm in the future, Pizzolatto's double-headed plot is told from each end with a perfect blend of suspense and pathos. These characters are so well-drawn. They've made some very big mistakes, and done people wrong, but you can't help but empathise with their motivations. You can taste the salty seaside air on every page and truly sense the tension building as the drama unfolds. There are short bursts of occasional but intense violence that really made me grimace, but don't let that put you off what is an excellent thriller from start to finish. Highly recommended.
  • (4/5)
    This is the story of Roy Cady a bit of a dodgy bad guy with a good heart.Who believes he is dying of cancer.He is nearly killed in a set up by his old crew then he rescues a teenage girl called Rocky,Rocky then goes and finds a toddler called Tiffany. The book jumps 20 years Tiffany comes looking for answers from Roy.Good well worth a read.
  • (4/5)
    You're here because it's somewhere. Dogs pant in the streets. Beer won't stay cold. The last new song you liked came out a long, long time ago, and the radio never plays it anymore.If you like your crime novels dark, you won't find many darker than this. Roy Cady is a mob enforcer in New Orleans. He'll rough guys up, or more, for his boss, Stan. The day a doctor shows him a picture of his lungs, filled with what look like snow flurries, is the day his girlfriend moves up and starts dating his boss. Then Stan sends him on an errand to scare a guy, with the odd instruction to not carry any weapons with him. It's enough to save his life when the job turns out to be a set-up, and then a bloodbath. With the exception of a teen-age hooker, he's the only one living by the time the bullets have stopped flying. He takes the girl, Rocky, along as he leaves Louisiana, and she convinces him to stop by her old home in East Texas for a moment. Before long, he's holed up in a run-down motel in Galveston with Rocky and her three-year-old sister in the room next door. "What's the matter with her, then? Having a little one like this. What's wrong with her?""I can't really say. You know how it is. Some people. Something happens to them. Usually when they're young. And they never get any better.""But some do.""I guess. You tend to meet more of the other kind, though."This isn't one of those cheerful ending type books. Everybody's damaged and Roy, the closest thing to a good guy Pizzolatto provides, isn't very good at all. But the author reminds the reader that there's a reason that people are the way they are, that not everybody's as resilient as they need to be to survive. The tension in the story never lets up, even when we know who might have made it out. Pizzolatto's writing perfectly suits the mood and tempo of the story he's written. I'll be waiting for his next book.You're born and forty years later you hobble out of a bar, startled by your own aches. Nobody knows you. You steer down lightless highways, and you invent a destination because movement is key. So you head toward the last thing you have left to lose, with no real idea what you're going to do with it.
  • (5/5)
    Great story and a joy to read. Couldn't put it down. "Most people call me Killer". "Of course they do".
  • (5/5)
    Galveston – Simply Stunning Having read Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto it is easy to see why this has been an award winning debut novel from the creator of the HBO and Sky Atlantic series True Detectives. While in this crime thriller the police tend to play a walk on part he uses exactly the same creative devices used in True Detective. Those devices make you feel that you too are central to the story and telling this in the first person to someone makes you feel as if you are there in the first person. Within the story there is a strong noir presence that pervades throughout and helps to give this story some depth.Roy Cady acknowledges that he is a bad man who has done some terrible things in his life time and that he has lung cancer that will kill him shortly. His boss wants him to visit Frank Sienkiewicz to give him a little reminder but things do not go to plan and he needs to go on the run taking with him a beaten up young girl with him. They need to put some space between them and New Orleans and head out through Louisiana in to Texas, picking up the girls daughter on the way. They end up at a beach side motel in Galveston where they all try and put their hard lives behind them but like everything in life it soon catches up soon enough.This is a story of hope and being able to turn your life around when you hit rock bottom and trying to escape your past and sometimes good things do come out of the bad times. This is a very atmospheric gripping crime novel which slowly draws you in and then grabs you by the throat so that you do not want to put the book down. At times the description and imagery is bleak, and you can see the low rent motels the cowboy bars the dusty weed infested strips where the people will stab you soon as look at you. The novel shows us there are many people around you that are trying to escape something and you are only incidental to that. The novel shows that even the bad guy should never give up hope of good things happening. This is a brilliant short novel full of grit and the desperate vulnerability of all the players around you. A brilliant first novel and I look forward to his next.
  • (4/5)
    From Poisoned Pen: "..delivers “a taut first novel suffused with a strong noir sensibility.” Roy Cady is working as a strong-arm man for a low-level New Orleans gangster when two events change his life: he’s diagnosed with terminal cancer, and his boss puts out a hit on him. Soonenough, Roy and a young prostitute, Rocky—thrown together after a blood-spattered encounter with the would-be hit men—are on the run, traveling from New Orleans to Galveston. We know from the start that this road trip is on a collision course with disaster. “The inevitable downward arc of all noir can bring a certain dreary sameness to the proceedings, especially if the writer paints his disasters by the numbers, but Pizzolatto builds tension by moving back and forth in time: we know it all goes bad, but we don’t know how.” And Pizzolatto is a writer with a real feel for the special poetry of noir."
  • (4/5)
    Roy Cody is a bagman for a mobster in New Orleans. He has terminal lung cancer. He has also dallied with the girl of the boss. For that he suspects he was sent to warn off someone but told not to take any guns along. Obviously he did and managed to extricate himself from potentially being hit. Deciding to leave town quickly, he takes along a hooker who happened to be present when the failed hit went down.They take to the road and complications arise. Soon, Rocky, Roy’s traveling companion has picked up her three-and-a-half-year-old-sister (a gunshot was fired - she says it was just to scare her step-father) and Rob’s better judgment keeps warning him to drop them off somewhere and split. But he’s pulled by the normality of his new situation. He should have kept running.What follows is classic noir, but it’s also a tale of redemption, with Roy attaining an almost Christ-like status at the end, although if you are looking for a nice feel-good book, look elsewhere. Very well written with some haunting images.“[Life] doesn’t seem fair, because it’s random. But that’s why it’s fair. You get me? It’s fair like a lottery’s fair."
  • (4/5)
    Roy Cady hat gerade keinen guten Lauf. Erst erklärt ihm der Arzt, dass er Lungenkrebs im fortgeschrittenen Stadium habe; dann erteilt ihm sein Boss einen Auftrag, allerdings mit der Absicht ihn dabei umbringen zu lassen. Doch der Plan geht schief und Cody gelingt es zu flüchten. Mit dabei ist die junge Rocky, der er das Leben rettete sowie einige brisante Unterlagen, die seinen nunmehr Exboss derbe Schwierigkeiten machen könnten. Auf ihrer Flucht nehmen sie noch (gegen den Willen Roys) Rockys kleine Schwester Tiffany mit und mieten sich in Galveston an der texanischen Küste in einem schäbigen Motel ein.
    Angekündigt wird diese Geschichte als Krimi bzw. Krimi Noir. Doch wer nun einen spannenden Reißer mit actionreichen Verfolgungsjagden oder ähnlichem erwartet, wird wohl enttäuscht sein. Sieht man von der Rahmenhandlung ab, einem überaus blutigen und gewalttätigen Beginn und (Fast)Ende, kann man das Ganze wohl eher als Introspektion eines Gangsters bezeichnen, der angesichts seines nahestehenden Todes eine Art Bilanz seines Lebens zieht, die nicht gerade berauschend ausfällt. Doch bevor er resigniert den Whiskyflaschen verfällt, entdeckt er eine weitere Seite an sich: Gegen seinen Willen beginnt er, sich für Rocky und ihre kleine Schwester verantwortlich zu fühlen...
    Auch wenn die üblichen Action- bzw. Spannungselemente fehlen, mich hat diese Ich-Erzählung des Syndikat-Killers Roy Cady in seinen Bann gezogen, nicht zuletzt auch aufgrund der genialen Lesung Walter Kreyes. Seine leicht raue Stimme und sein lakonischer Tonfall geben die Person Roys überzeugend wieder - nichts wirkte aufgesetzt oder gekünstelt. Eine gute Geschichte in typischer Südstaatenmanier mit einem ebenso guten Vorleser!
  • (3/5)
    "One long story, peopled with orphans."
    Well, it's actually a short story, a quick read really. A sad, melancholy tale of a man, a young gal, and a little girl at a hotel in Galveston near the ocean.