The Old Turk's Load
By Gregory Gibson
(Mysterious Press, Hardcover, 9780802121134, 245pp.)
Publication Date: April 2013
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With an Elmore Leonard-esque cast of characters rampaging across Newark and Manhattan, "The Old Turk's Load" is a twisty historical crime novel whose disparate thread leads directly to an unforgettable showdown over the old Turk's load.
A Deadly Pleasures Best First Novel of the Year and a Booklist Best Crime Fiction Debut of the Year
I like Gibson’s writing, the effortless way he tells his story.”Elmore Leonard
The Old Turk's Load is a hoot, a neo-noir that just zips along."Stewart O'Nan
"If you miss the caper novels of the late, great Donald E. Westlake, take heart: Gregory Gibson's debut novel will appeal alike to neo-noir fans and fans of Garrison Keillor's Guy Noir character."Huntington News
"First novels aren't supposed to be as much fun as The Old Turk's Load. . . . With these ingredients, and these characters, all Gibson really has to do is mix well and stir, and that he does. He writes with an air of what-fools-these-mortals be, and he's not too hard on anybody except the unnecessarily cruel."Palm Beach Post
"The Old Turk's Load is a marvel of Chandleresque plotting, with a deeply felt and utterly real '60s setting and a heart as big as all outdoors."Luc Sante, author of Low Life and Kill All Your Darlings
An elegant engine drives the combustible plot of The Old Turk’s Load. Gregory Gibson is a deft and deadpan master mechanic trained in Donald Westlake and Elmore Leonard’s shop. He leads a droll cast of rogues and thugs with confidence through every surprising twist in this highly entertaining modern pulp mischief.”Michael Malone, author of the Justine Savile & Cuddy Mangum novels
With its sparse dialogue and nonchalant treatment of sex and violence, The Old Turk’s Load is probably the fastest neo-noir read on crime novel shelves. Exquisitely hard boiled, this crime novel is the perfect beach read for those nurtured on Tarantino and Spillane.”New York Journal of Books (starred review)
"Gibson’s elliptical, ever-evolving plot seems a marriage of Raymond Chandler complexity and Donald E. Westlake comic haplessness, but he imbues his characters with a kind of desperate humanity that is brilliantly played out when Manhattan goes dark in the famous 1967 blackout. The sense of time and place is wonderfully evocative, and The Old Turk’s Load will be a signal pleasure for crime-fiction aficionados."Booklist (starred review)
Nostalgia, noir and narcotics are blended together in a runaway train journey that careens down the track at breakneck speed . . . Breaking new ground in crime fiction with his unusual protagonist, Gibson gets a gold star for deftness, great writing, lethal encounters, mayhem, murder, and bleak black humor.”Library Journal
This well-handled caper novel recalls the late great Donald Westlake.”Publishers Weekly
Utterly compelling, Gregory Gibson has given the reader one great ride.”Robert Ferrigno, New York Times bestselling author of the Assassin Trilogy
Owing to Gibson’s sharp eye for the antics of people chasing loot through mean streets where little is as it seems and nothing goes as planned, the big winners here are the readers.”Thomas Powers, author of The Killing of Crazy Horse