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MIke McCrary is not only a cinematic writer, his cinema is from the eighties and nineties. His storytelling runs like a bullet train that could go off the rails, escalating in hyper violence, direction changes, and insanity. He applies all of this to the social thriller in. Table 13.

The one sane (at least initially) character at the center of the tale is Hank Quinn, a struggling writer surviving in New York as a waiter in an upscale restaurant. He gets to know two of his regulars, Gina and Nathan, an attractive if slightly eccentric couple. One night, they use their wealth to kick start his relationship with Megan, a woman he has fallen for. They use the act to pull in Hank into their twisted games that includes thrill killing. As Hank goes deeper and deeper, his own sanity comes into question.

McCrary keeps it all moving. He establishes Hank and his working world by following him in its bustle that quickly leads us into being introduced to Nathan and Gina. When he gets involved with the two, he ramps up into violence and dark absurdity. Hank not only finds himself trapped by the two, but between them. He uses the themes of class and relationships as story elements he he uses a connective material he allows the reader to notice instead of meditate on.

Table 13 works as a great summer read for the daring. Once again, MIke McCrary is off the chain. Let's hope they never catch him.


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