reviewed by Ben Springer
The Redemption of Garvey Flint by Vincent Louis Carrella is one hell of a story.
Garvey Flint owes Bill Gurns four-thousand dollars in “gambling debts, bar-tabs and whores on credit.” When Garvey doesn’t pay up, Bill sends two of his men to beat the hell out him.
After a beating that leaves Garvey half dead, and with hallucinations, his last ultimatum is to go to his younger brother, “a man of God”,and bring back what money he can.
The thing is, Garvey didn’t exactly leave home on the best of terms, and going back isn’t a wise move, but with his back against the wall, he has no other choice.
Carrella wasn’t an author I was familiar with, but after reading such a finely crafted story, I know I should be. While wasting no words, and creating crisp, poetic like prose, Carrella’s words sink their teeth into you, and drag you along through the richly painted story. I will definitely seek out Vincent Louis Carrella’s other work, you should too. Highly recommended.