Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Advance Praise for Dope Thief

I've been fortunate enough to get some really positive reviews for my debut novel, Dope Thief, coming from St. Martin's Minotaur at the end of April:

Publisher’s Weekly:
"(A) raw and redemptive debut...a first novel that marks Tafoya as a writer to watch."

Kirkus Reviews:
"An impressive debut by a writer savvy enough to understand that the way to a reader’s heart is often as not through flawed characters."

"(A) fine first novel. An abusive, criminal father and a number of jail stints beginning in high school seem to have doomed Ray to relive his father’s sordid life, but Ray is a bright man looking for a shot at redemption. When it comes, redemption is both unlikely and interesting. Tafoya is off to a promising start: Ray and a number of other characters are quirky and engaging. The locale of Bucks County, which ranges from city gritty to bucolic beauty, works well. The plotting is solid, and the action has a hard, violent edge that recalls Richard Price."

Philadelphia Stories:
"A masterful work of modern crime fiction that softens searing brutality with glimpses of goodness and creates rich sensory description with a brief turn of phrase."


Dennis Tafoya is the author of Dope Thief, his first novel, which will be published by St. Martin's in May 2009. His second novel will also be published by St. Martin's. He lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where he is currently at work on his third novel, Black Horse Pike


Karen Dionne said...

Love the Kirkus review, Dennis - those are hard folks to please!

Marie Lamba said...

This is one hell of a book. I just finished reading it a few days ago, and can't stop thinking about it. Gritty, real, heartfelt. I'm sharing it with everyone I know!