Saturday, July 2, 2011
Purgatory Chasm (Conway Sax) by Steve Ulfelder
Conway Sax is a fixer for an AA groups, mechanic and former NASCAR driver. He's asked by a friend to retrieve a car that is in a garage but not returned. After a violent encounter his friend seems to have committed suicide. Sax investigates and finds out there's a lot more to his friend than he thought.
Meanwhile he has to come to grips with his estranged alcoholic father and takes on some gangsters.
Sax is an original character. He's a lone wolf kind of character but still has a family. He's tough as nails but not an ex-cop or ex-military type. I figured the story would be quite pulpy but I was surprised by how literate the story turned out to be. Welcome, Conway Sax and welcome Steve Ulfelder!