Monday, January 3, 2011

The Jigsaw Man by Gord Rollo

Gord Rollo is one of the most talented writers working within the genre today. His ability to paint vivid images in the mind of a reader is truly second-to-none. I really took a reverse route when exploring the world of Rollo. I started with his latest offering, Valley of the Scarecrow, and have been working my way backward. The most recent reading was The Jigsaw Man. Wow!

The Jigsaw Man follows the horrific journey of Michael Fox. To say that Michael is down on his luck would be the understatement of the year. Michael has lost every single thing that was once important to him and he is now prepared to take his own life. All of that changes when a mysterious man stops Michael and makes him a simple offer. Michael will become very rich if he is willing to sacrifice his right arm. Yep…. pretty cut and dry (pun intended) until the terms of the deal begin to spiral out of control. From there the story twists and turns through some fast paced action with heavy doses of gore. Also included are some of the most intense and disturbing images I've ever read.

What makes this such a powerful piece is Rollo’s masterful use of descriptive language. When you couple this talent with the gutsy decision to tell the story of Michael Fox in the first person, you get a truly special experience. The reader isn’t just along for the ride; they participate in every excruciating second.

Pick up The Jigsaw Man here and check out Gord here.

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