Welcome to the book club. This week, for our first discussion, we have a debut author: Leonard Fritz. I have reviewed (and greatly praised) his first novel IN NINE KINDS OF PAIN, last December. I had good reasons for that. Lenny Fritz doesn't play extactly in the classic investigation/heist/meth labs/revenge paradigms of crime fiction. No, instead he drags you, the reader, in a guided tour of the wrong end of Detroit. The great Charlie Stella has compared Fritz to Hubert Selby Jr., which is very accurate. IN NINE KINDS OF PAIN is about your tour guide Baby and the worst week of her life, but it's also about the city who's just having another week at work. If you don't feel compelled to read it already (shame on you), here are a few reasons why you should pay great attention to the work of this writer, who's I'm sure, bound to great success.
2) Leonard Fritz's comic book panels. Do you know any serious crime novels that have comic book panels and on top of it, make it work beautifully alongside the story. IN NINE KINDS OF PAIN does.
3) Baby's boys. Power, law and religion. They are the crutches of every weak soul, the most seducing concepts to somebody spiraling downward. They are all present in Leonard Fritz's novel and they are all lusting for Baby.