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Free read ´ Muscle Author Alan Trotter 105 ☆ In a hard boiled city of crooks grifts and rackets lurk a pair of toughs Box and They're the kind of men capable of extracting apologies and reparations of teaching you a chilling lesson They seldom think twice and ask very few uestionsUntil one night over the poker table they encounter a pulpTwice and ask very few uestionsUntil one night over the poker table they encounter a pulp writer with wild ideas and an unscrupulous private detective leading them into what is either a classic mystery a s. This is fantastic and could have been written just for me Grimly funny absurdist existentialist noir that incorporates pulp sci fi as well as hardboiled crime fiction elements to become a surprisingly powerful examination of the lasting impact of male violence in its many formsIt also does one of my favourite things which is to recount other fictional stories within its own pages a Vonnegut style techniue I never seem to tire of The ending too which some have complained about I think works perfectlyPhenomenally entertaining and sneakily profound

Alan Trotter ✓ 5 review

Enseless maze of corpses or an inextricable fever dream Drunk on cinematic and literary influence Muscle is a slice of noir fiction in collapse a ceaselessly imaginative story of violence boredom and madne. It’s interesting to read Alan Trotter’s Muscle straight after Violet Levoit’s Scarstruck Not just because they’re both books set in the 50s but because they take their inspiration from the pulps For LeVoit it’s the “sexy” pulps for Trotter it’s of the noir ish variety I enjoyed the odd resonance between the two novels and now believe that both publishers should join forces and release them together Happy to wave my commission for that brilliant ideaMuscle begins with a short perplexing Prologue involving a man flung from a moving train and the philosophical musings of the two men who did the throwing We are then introduced to Box not his real name – and his soon to be partner in all things thuggish that’s not a slip of the keyboard that’s how he’s referred to throughout the novel They meet when is hurled from a car throwing people from moving objects is clearly a thing for Trotter and lands in front of the café where Box is smoking a cigarette Once has spat out some blood and wiped himself down he and Box head off and find the closest fairground and rollercoaster because that’s what you do when you first arrive in a city The following day they become henchmen roughing up the odd shop owner a form of advertising for a future employerMuscle kept reminding me of Hugo Wilcken’s mind bending novel The Reflection It’s not as gnarly and knotty as that book but it has that same vibe of an altered reality where what’s “real” feels up for grabs This is especially the case in the last third where a doppelganger ish element is introduced and where our narrator – Box – becomes and unreliable Muscle has its own rhythm and beat that took me a moment to get my head around a voice that is partly hard boiled and partly meditative It’s also a book that never entirely settles on a plot where for good stretches nothing much happens only to have the story punctuated by a death a moment of violence and in the last third something much darker Muscle is precisely the sort of fiction I love that takes the familiar or traditional and turns it on its head

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Muscle Author Alan TrottIn a hard boiled city of crooks grifts and rackets lurk a pair of toughs Box and They're the kind of men capable of extracting apologies and reparations of teaching you a chilling lesson They seldom think. Oh I really disliked this in the end What middling interest I had was completely lost by the fifth and last sectionThis is the story of two tough guys goons for hire as they pick up odd jobs roughing up guys collecting debts and breaking hands All written as a kind of Chandler pastiche but possibly of a parodyOne of the goons Box passes the time reading sci fi stories from pulp magazines an acuaintance writes for Then as the story progresses and the pair's jobs take a dark turn his life becomes entwined with the time travel or parralel universe ideas he's been reading aboutIt's reminiscent of Paul Auster and thus really not my kind of thing It's a spectacular failure of style over substance a literary high wire act where the author fell to his death about half way through