Hipster Death Rattle
by Richie Narvaez
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Pub Date 11 Mar 2019 | Archive Date 18 Mar 2019
Murder is trending…
Hipsters are getting slashed to pieces in the hippest neighborhood in New York City: Williamsburg, Brooklyn. As fear and tension rise in the summer heat, police detectives Petrosino and Hadid eye local gangbangers for the crimes. Meanwhile, slacker reporter Tony Moran and his ex-girlfriend Magaly Fernandez pursue a cold case involving an old woman who mysteriously disappeared a year before. But the closer they all get to the truth, the closer they get to losing their heads.
Filled with a broad cast of local characters and told with sardonic wit, this fast-moving, intricately plotted story plays out against a backdrop of rapid gentrification, skyrocketing rents, and class tension, written like only a true native could.
“Richie Narvaez has created something that’s been missing from recent fiction: a vivid, loving look at city living from the street view.”—Sara Paretsky, award-winning author of Shell Game
“Hipster Death Rattle is a smart piece of work featuring the unlikely yet likeable hero Tony ‘Chino’ Moran. Fierce and funny…with a light touch that masks Narvaez’s biting social commentary.” —Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of What You Break
“[Narvaez] has one of the most compelling writing styles I’ve come across in years.” —Lawrence Kelter, author of Back to Brooklyn
“Hipster Death Rattle is a debut bursting with verve and personality, loaded with memorable characters and a clear, distinctive voice—courtesy of Richie Narvaez’s knack for sly wit and a crackling plot. A love letter to a forgotten slice of New York that manages to also evoke classic mystery novels of years past, Hipster Death Rattle is both of the moment and evergreen. Not an easy feat, but Narvaez does it with panache. I couldn’t put this book down.” —Alex Segura, author of Blackout and Dangerous Ends
“Edgy and wildly entertaining, with a colorful cast of characters and a sweep reminiscent of Tom Wolfe, Hipster Death Rattle is the slasher novel you need in your life right now.” —Michele Campbell, international bestselling author of It’s Always the Husband
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Average rating from 6 members
This fast-paced drama kept me glued to the pages with each and every scene that comprised all that was happening in this multi-plot narrative. Someone is slashing people and it’s the root of this crime that makes this debut novel very intriguing. This gritty and downright riveting tale involves a missing person coupled with a slasher, gentrification and a homeboy trying to do the right thing with a few comical interjections throughout.
The author did a great job in telling a story keeping the suspense alive with several strategically placed twists and turns, especially the killer’s identity and motive and those surrounding the missing person. I found the residents and their story created an atmosphere of understanding their own self-placement and the pivotal roles they portrayed enhanced how well this tale was being told. When it was all said and done, this was a good read.
I wasn't sure how serious this book was going to be from the cover!
Once I got into it though, this is a fantastic read with a multi-layered story about a communities struggle to retain it's identity, housing issues (!) and murder. The characters are believable and quirky - I loved Magaly - and really enjoyed this book!
I didn't know what to expect and I'm happy I requested this book.
It's mystery with something more complex theme like the identity of a community.
The book is well written, the characters fleshed out and the plot is both entertaining and engaging.
I liked the style of writing and how the plot was developed.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect with this book given the cover and the shade being thrown at the hipster population, but I should've known that a title from this publisher would encompass much more than you can envisage at first glance. This was right up my street: yes, there is humour interspersed throughout the pages, but there is also a serious side. It's a highly original composition of dry wit, exciting murder mystery and exploration of prevalent social issues. The narrative is exceptional and easy to engage with, and the clever social commentary adds to the plot rather than just being there. Well written with a multi-layered, complex plot that holds your attention from the very beginning, this is a superbly accomplished and entertaining debut novel.
The struggle a community goes through to try to retain its social identity through increased gentrification, spiralling rents and issues of class and racial tension feature heavily here, and it's clear the author either knows this area very well or has researched it meticulously; I would say it's more likely to be the former. The characters are beautifully rendered, quirky and realistic. Chino Moran is a somewhat unlikely protagonist, but he is conscientious, hard-working and easily likeable. When all of these features come together it creates a fast-paced, twist-filled story that is more than a little difficult to put down.
Many thanks to Down & Out Books for an ARC.