Despite some broad, satiric types and Mattson’s sharp comic timing, the lead characters are multifaceted and convincing, even as the situations they face (trying not to lose a gold tooth down a corpse’s throat; holding off a home invasion with a garden tool) always come close to spinning out of control. Their actions can shock, as when Leonard, a federal judge, drunkenly shows up to his ex-wife’s home and then shocks the reader by going much too far, threatening her with violence. The story moves quickly but leaves readers time to soak in uncertainties—would Leonard have killed Wendy on the spot if things had gone differently? It also has heart amid over-the-top elements like a Psychic Trailer Park Hotline cable show. Seeing Wendy break down after all of the abuse and turmoil she has suffered, and learning to lean on her daughter for support, is as heartbreaking as it is convincing.
Interception City offers a wild, surprisingly emotional ride, despite a few instances where the plot and characterization fall victim to the familiar. However, its engaging plot, swift storytelling, and assured twists will surely satisfy readers who prefer their crime fiction caked in Florida sweat.
Takeaway: Brisk, surprising Everglades noir with strong central characters.
Comparable Titles: Tim Dorsey, Jonathon King’s Max Freeman series.
Design and typography: B
Marketing copy: A
I loved "Interception City," (with) such great characters... and I laughed out loud for pages when the Judge struggled thru that bizarre aftermath...keep these dizzy dips into the swamps coming.
In Mattson’s thriller, the police can’t be trusted in a run-down Florida town.
The dialogue is often funny (“Ladies, my Trailer Park Psychics know exactly what that lying son of a bitch of yours is doing right this second!”), but Mattson’s forte is blending the many characters and subplots into a cohesive whole.
A twisty, fast plot with lots of bloodshed and humor.
"Interception City" by Parker T. Matson (Black Mask, paperback $8.99) This is a very witty book if only for the author's point of view and the voice he chooses to use for it. The story is set in a decaying community in the Everglades and is about as funny as this quote on the dedication page: "The truth may or may not set you free, but it will definitely get you killed."
"Interception City may or may not feel like home to you but we found this book to be seriously hilarious.
"Interception City" by Parker T. Mattson (Black Mask), billed as a "...provocative, morally complex crime thriller," is all that and more.
"Interception City" is one of those fast-paced thrillers where the characters are half-crazy but as real as can be. For a novel so filled with murder and mayhem, it had me laughing out loud. I highly recommend it!