Detective Art Topp has a wife...or had a wife. It's hard to tell. On one hand, he talks to her every day, and she talks back. On the other, he's still in shock from the day he walked into his Triple A Detective AAAgency office and found her lifeless body riddled with bullets, the catastrophic blowback from what should have been a simple investigation. Now he's promised hisDetective Art Topp has a wife...or had a wife. It's hard to tell. On one hand, he talks to her every day, and she talks back. On the other, he's still in shock from the day he walked into his Triple A Detective AAAgency office and found her lifeless body riddled with bullets, the catastrophic blowback from what should have been a simple investigation. Now he's promised his daughter he's going to figure out what happened. The only problem is, he's not much of a detective--just a washed-up middle-aged former telecom worker who went to the gun range too often, watched too many episodes of The Rockford Files, and suddenly decided it'd be fun to be a private eye. Or maybe there's another problem--he also knows it might have been his fault. And the cops are starting to wonder, too...Gunmetal Blue showcases Joseph G. Peterson at his inimitable best. It's delightfully absurd and horrifyingly plausible, a sad and funny look at what happens when our airy fantasies become gritty reality, and when that reality in turn falls apart into madness and nightmares....
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Gunmetal Blue Reviews
A noirish detective tale that is ultimately about guns, access to guns, and the trail of blood and loss they inevitably leave behind when available, and accessible, to all. More - http://www.changeyourlifethiswill.com...
This book popped up in my Kindle recommendations and judging by the title I thought that this would be a crime thriller but it is and it isn't, it's much more than that. Art Topp becomes a P.I. after being laid off from the telecoms business. He's not a very good P.I., he doesn't get much work, make much money and his wife didn't want him to choose that particular career but Art liked the thought of being a P.I. One day however, Art returns to his office to find his wife has been shot dead in his off and vows to his daughter that he'll find the killer.I said that the book isn't really a crime thriller but it is, in the fact that there has been a crime committed and the climax is quite thrilling in that you don't really know how things are going to play out. The book however is a study of grief as Art relates his feelings for his wife before and after her death and expresses these feelings through actual and also imagined conversations he had with her. The story moves backwards and forwards in time and is actually set on the day five years after her death, as Art describes the relationship he had with his wife and also with his now estranged daughter. The novel is also a study of gun culture in America and is extremely relevant following the recent events that are still playing out on our television screens. Art in true P.I. tradition opts to get a gun but buys an old .22 pistol. He regularly goes to the range with his friend Cal who owns an Uzi and while Cal shreds the paper targets, Art barely registers a hit that is until the day Cal gifts Art a present.Although the novel wasn't what I expected it to be, I thought it was a poignant and thought provoking read and the author's note and verse, at the end of the novel, on the same topic are also worth reading.
I was lucky enough to blurb this excellent novel:BLURB:Joe Peterson doesn't write books: he builds literary houses out of brick-solid sentences and fills those houses with characters who understand the effort it takes to survive. Set in a Chicago as gritty as anything James T. Farrell portrayed, Gunmetal Blue is a noir for our violent times. Narrated by Art Topp, a widower, a hapless father, and the city's laziest private eye, this is a story of family and guns and murder, and the compassion it takes to overcome all three. Here, women who should be retired still wait tables. Here, daughters can't stand their dads. Here, a best friend shoots off his Uzis to feel alive but still lives at home with his ancient mom. A bitter husband shows up for coffee with a loaded glock. A dead wife speaks advice from the other side. I've read and greatly enjoyed all of Joseph Peterson's books but Gunmetal Blue is sadder and funnier and more tender than anything he's written. Chicago, lock up your guns and open your bookshelves to let Joe Peterson in. Gunmetal Blue is a book that wants every life to matter. Read these pages and you'll understand why.