Book Reviews

July 25, 2002

A MAN IN PIECES by Henry Corrigan (Darkstroke Books), Adult Contemporary Thriller. 

If you’re in the mood for a slow-burn psychological suspense thriller that pits two struggling men trying to make sense of their lives amidst unexpected calamity and tragedy, look no further. Corrigan, a prolific writer in this genre, delves deep into the psyche of his main protagonists who are stuck in a bleak place and time and, quite frankly, making a mess of it. FYI, this isn’t an edge-of-your-seat octane thriller–that comes later, when in the last pages, Corrigan deftly twists the knife in a way that I hadn’t anticipated. Everyone has a breaking point and Corrigan mines this fertile ground. Trigger warning: this material contains gritty scenes, graphic sex, and death. If you are in any way squeamish about bad things happening to good people, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Author Bio:

Henry Corrigan is a bisexual, multi-genre author, poet, and playwright who writes every kind of story. Whether it’s horror or science fiction, erotica or poetry, high fantasy or children’s books, he writes it all because every story matters to him. They’re what keeps him going. Always an avid reader, Henry started writing poetry in middle school but it wasn’t until he started writing erotica in high school that he really learned the mechanics of writing. What started out as private stories and love letters, soon became publications in anthologies.

To date, he has the rough drafts of two science fiction books, one horror novella, one play, four children’s books, numerous poems, and several song lyrics waiting in the wings. Above all, he wants to be known for not staying where he’s been put. To always surprise people, especially himself. Because that’s what makes it fun. The feeling that even he doesn’t know what he’s going to do next.

Book Blurb for A Man in Pieces

Driven by bad choices and worse options, a desperate father-to-be must battle his abusive boss for the last slot at a dead-end job, but the fight may lead one of them to murder.

Mike Harper would like nothing more than to burn his dead-end job to the ground. But with a wife on bed rest and a son on the way, discovering that the company is downsizing couldn’t come at a worse time. Now, struggling to stay afloat, Mike is forced to fight for the last remaining spot to secure his family’s future. It’s too bad that Tom, his obnoxious boss, is in the same boat.

Tom Downes is a man with few friends and even fewer prospects, but the aging veteran has never gone down without a fight. Now, with his health failing and his marriage falling apart, Tom is willing to do whatever it takes to keep his job.

With a blinding snowstorm closing in, these two desperate men will battle each other on a long and twisted road fraught with heartbreaking losses – and murder.

When it comes to staying afloat, the American Dream can break anyone…

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