Tuesday, 11 February 2020
ANDREW DAVIE - PAVEMENT (2019)
McGill and Gropper are unlicensed private investigators who operate out of a diner and do whatever it takes to get a job done.
When a trucker attacks a prostitute, her pimp turns to McGill and Gropper for protection.
But taking the job means crossing dangerous and well-connected criminals who will stop at nothing to settle the score.
Another top read from All Due Respect, with Andrew Davie's one sitting read - Pavement.
Our two main men - McGill and Gropper encountering pimps, prostitutes, a head sick trucker getting twisted kicks, illegal loads, a family business expanding in a new direction, a new player in town making some noise, and a Miami-based Cuban old-timer trying to set things straight for his boss with some tasty consequences for all involved. Mostly Gropper the do-er and McGill with his butt welded to a chair and stuffing his face with fast food.
Not a lot to say really. Fast-paced and my kind of book. Outsiders crafting a living on the wrong side of the tracks, which in my opinion makes for more interesting reading than ordinary Joes. Enjoyable setting - an unnamed location off the I-95 south (unless in my haste to turn the pages I missed it) and a splash of Miami.
Action, violence, and plenty of victims along the way, some deserving of their fate, some unfortunately not. Ticks in all the boxes. I especially liked the references to the Millwall brick, harking back to the 60s and the terraces.
My cup of tea.
4.5 from 5
I'm definitely interested in what this author does next.
Pavement's been saved for a re-read when I need to blast away some cobwebs in the not so distant future when my reading hits a wall.
Read - December, 2019
Published - 2019
Page count - 114
Source - purchased copy
Format - paperback