R. Narvaez’s Roach Killer and Other Stories offers a peek into the gritty side of Brooklyn life. Inept criminals, frustrated mistresses, a hit man, and a host of others seep into our senses making you cringe and laugh as these characters stumble.
Reading the book made me laugh out loud. Most of the time I wanted to scream, “I know you really don’t want to go there?” It’s good nobody was listening because they did and I went right along with them. The story lines hooked me. Being the weak reader I am; clicking to the next story was never a problem. I like to finish things. These stories were hard to resist. Character predicaments carried a dose of reality with a twist of comeuppance. Sometimes it was predictable. Yet I was entertained by the end of the evening.
This one is a keeper for the noir fans out there.