In this neighborhood, make a wrong turn.
. and you're history.
Mickey Wade is a recently-unemployed journalist who lucked into a rent-free apartment - his sick grandfather's place. The only problem: it's in a lousy neighborhood - the one where Mickey grew up, in fact. The one he was so desperate to escape.
But now he's back. Dead broke. And just when he thinks he's reached rock bottom, Mickey wakes up in the past. Literally.
At first he thinks it's a dream. All of the stores he remembered from his childhood, the cars, the rumble of the elevated train. But as he digs deeper into the past, searching for answers about the grandfather he hardly knows, Mickey meets the twelve-year-old kid who lives in the apartment below.
The kid who will grow up to someday murder Mickey's father.
Another one from Duane Swierczynski that I liked - a lot. Just don't ask me to elaborate on the plot/resolution, because my brain and memory has turned to mush - possibly as a result of reading this book. Swierczynski's plots can often be a bit of a mind-f***!
Character, setting, pace, story, twists ... all present in an abundance. I THINK!
Outcome - and this is where I scratch my head and wonder - I can't actually remember. All of which might lead you to think it's a bang average book. You'd be wrong.
I think I'm going to have to save this one for a re-read and why the hell not. Fun will be had.
4 from 5
Read - January, 2021
Published - 2010
Page count - 256
Source - purchased copy
Format - paperback