Updated: Jan 7
All truth is crooked, time itself is a circle.
Always the Dead by Stephen J Golds is exactly what you can expect from him ... addictive, well written, and marvellously intense.
Los Angeles, California. 1949. Scott Kelly is a World War Two Marine veteran and mob hitman confined to a Tuberculosis sanatorium suffering from consumption, flashbacks and nightmares from his experiences of The Battle of Okinawa and a botched hit for Bugsy Siegel. When his movie actress girlfriend disappears, he bribes his way out of the sanatorium to search for her. What follows is a frantic search, a manic murder spree, stolen contraband, and a briefcase full of cash. A story that stretches from the war torn beaches of Okinawa, all the way to the playground of the rich and famous, Palm Springs, California. An exploration into the depths of L.A crime, PTSD and twisted love. A semi-fictional novel based around the disappearance of Jean Spangler.
As you know, I never like to give spoilers to novels that I truly love. It would take away from much of the enjoyment that comes with reading the novel. As always, I have made sure to avoid spoilers.
In the past I have described Golds writing to be ingenious and compelling. When Golds had approached me and asked me to be one of the lucky handful to read Always the Dead before its release I was thrilled.
Golds has consistantly delivered this style of writing that is the perfect marriage between transgressive fiction, crime fiction, and noir.
Always the Dead is no different.
An unlikable protagonist ... war ... murder ... the mob ... crime ... PTSD ... the right amount of morbid ... some romance added in with some undoubtedly phenomenal execution in writing and we have ourselves a novel-cocktail worthy of all of its five star reviews.
Not to mention that the fact that it being semi-autobiographic also plays a part in being quite the page turner.
This novel lives up to the hype that it has recieved.
If you are going to read anything in the beginning of 2021 this book deserves a spot at the top of the list.
Set to release January 29th, Always the Dead will be available to the masses.
And then his fist burst so bright, it looked like a star going supernova ...
Always the Dead, Stephen J. Golds
About the Author, Stephen J. Golds
Stephen J. Golds was born in London, U.K, but has lived in Japan for most of his adult life. He enjoys spending time with his daughters, reading books, traveling, boxing, and listening to old Soul LPs. Say Goodbye When I’m Gone was released by Red Dog Press October 2020. A book of poetry Poems for Ghosts in Empty Tenement Windows I thought I Saw Once is also available. Always the Dead, his second novel, will be released on January 29th.