Knuckleball by Tom Pitts really showcases how great Pitts’ writing has become. His last book, Hustle, was an outstanding display of a character driven story that left the reader begging for more from Pitts. Well he delivers and it is a fastball right down the middle of the plate.
This offering from Pitts is so powerful; a simple review cannot do it justice. The plot is tight, the characters have secrets that are slowly revealed, and the ending is such that it leaves the reader thinking about the book long after the last page is turned.
I think what I liked best about this novella is it is rooted in something everyone can connect to…baseball. If you have read Pitt in the past (and if you haven’t where the hell are you living?), then you know from the beginning of the story that things will not end well for the characters involved. Pitt has a fantastic way of using his words to paint a picture that develops in the reader’s mind and gets more and more detailed as the book continues.
The story revolves around the murder of a police officer at a baseball game and the city that deals with the aftermath of suck a brutal crime. Although I usually enjoy my stories dripping with violence and gore, Pitts is wise to leave much of the violence to the reader’s imagination…instead he primarily focuses on the aftermath of the crime and the layers of damage it does to the psyche of his main characters.
This is one of the books that you read and you just can’t put into words what makes it so wonderful. It has all the components of a great read, yet somehow the book is greater than all the parts combines have a right to be. This is a book that I am sure you will be hearing about come awards time. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy now so you seem like an educated noir reader when everyone starts to talk about it in the upcoming months.