Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto
Galveston is a novel by Nic Pizzolatto, the creator of the acclaimed TV series True Detective. It was first published in 2010 by Scribner in the United States and in 2011 by Belfond in France. It is a dark and gritty story of crime, violence, and redemption set in the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana.
The novel follows the journey of Roy Cady, a hitman who is diagnosed with lung cancer and betrayed by his boss, a New Orleans mobster. Roy escapes with his life and rescues a young prostitute named Rocky from a bloody massacre. He takes her with him on the run from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas, permanently entwining their fate along a highway of seedy bars and fleabag hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pick-up trucks, and ashed-out hopes, with death just a car-length behind.
The novel alternates between two timelines: one in 1987, when Roy and Rocky flee from their enemies; and one in 2008, when Roy returns to Galveston after twenty years of hiding, hoping to find some answers and closure. The novel explores themes such as survival, guilt, loyalty, love, and redemption in the face of violence and corruption.
Galveston received positive reviews from critics and readers alike, who praised Pizzolatto's prose, characterization, and atmosphere. The novel was nominated for several awards, including the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller, and the Spur Award for Best Western Long Novel. The novel was also adapted into a film in 2018, directed by Mélanie Laurent and starring Ben Foster and Elle Fanning.
If you are looking for a gripping and gritty thriller with memorable characters and a haunting setting, you should check out Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto. You can download the ebook version from [Kobo] or read it online for free from [Internet Archive] or [Internet Archive].