August 13, 2010

Review: Hemingway Cutthroat by Michael Atkinson

There were no bullfights in 1937 Madrid, just bombs, freedom fighters, journalists, and plenty of corpses. Ernest Hemingway, covering the Spanish Civil War for the American press, came looking for stories and danger, and found something else: a friend murdered amid the ruins.
            With a new novel stirring in his head and his veins pumping with booze, Hemingway sets out to find who killed José Robles Pazos, a bureaucrat in the Popular Front, and who’s covering it up. There is, after all, nothing like risking death in a war zone if it means living fast, nailing the bastards, and avoiding a deadline. With the writer John Dos Passos at his side, Hemingway wades into the darkness, discovering that his old WWI buddy is no mere casualty of war---but victim of something far more terrible.

            Boisterous, bare knuckled, and stewed to the gills, Hemingway Cutthroat captures the writer at the height of his career and in a Europe teetering on untold cataclysm, struggling to find out not just for whom, but why the bell tolled.

In all honesty, I found Hemingway's work to be extremely boring.  With that being said, I was intrigued when I read the synopsis for HEMINGWAY CUTTHROAT.  I'm really glad I took a chance and asked to review this book.  Michael's writing is original and entertaining. 

St. Martin's Minotaur
July 20, 2010
272 pages
$24.99 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free from Kaye Publicity so that I could write an honest review.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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  1. This sounds like a great book! I must confess I've never read Hemingway.

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  2. I've never been much for Hemingway either. But this sounds interesting.

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  3. I've never read Hemingway either, but you were right on when you said the synopsis was intriguing. I really want to read this now!


  4. I liked a couple of his short stories and one of his books. I think it must be a guy thing. My son loves his books, and even visited key west, just to see his home. I would like to read this book, it sounds good.

  5. Hmm, so Hemingway as detective? Sounds like an intriguing premise.

  6. Love mysteries...sounds interesting!

  7. I would love to read this. It sounds wonderful.

  8. This looks fascinating! Thanks for introducing me to it!

  9. I love mysteries and this sounds like one I'd enjoy.

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  11. I haven't read anything of Hemingway's either but this sounds like a good book.