Monday, November 25, 2013
Review of The Low Road by Chris Womersley (Quercus, 2007)
The Low Road is a bleak, dark, literary noir tale. It is somewhat of a curious story as it feels both timeless and placeless: it could be set anywhere from the mid-1930s through to the 1990s and in any reasonable sized city with a large rural hinterland. The story is all about the three main characters, especially Lee, a young petty criminal, and Wild, a doctor addicted to morphine, and their journey to try and escape their past and their developing, uneasy friendship. It is not a cheery plot, but it well crafted and paced, told through stark and engaging prose. Overall, this is not a story that will inspire hope and joy, but is an evocative and engaging tale that has the feel of a stage play with its small cast and handful of settings.