The nail that sticks out will be hammered down
My waiting with veiled patience for Say Goodbye When I’m Gone has paid off.
This debut by Stephen J Golds is one urgent, breathless trip and certainly not for the prim and squeamish. It’s noir with a capital N. It’s the blunt end of the sword repeatedly giving you a message.
Picture: an antique shop run by Rudy a former gangster, now a lonely old man living with guilt. Visited daily by an abused young Japanese girl Hinako who speaks no English. Sweet opportunity isn’t it? Well yes, and no.
It’s the mid 60s and the Yakuza are entrenched in Hawaii, but there is much more to this story and it’s handled with full character development and smooth transitions between time periods.
Highly recommended read!
~ June Lorraine
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