Nic Pizzolatto's Galveston is not an especially plot-driven book. It's more a character study focused on one man, and how his decisions during a specific period in his life echo across the years.
Cady is not a good guy. He works as a heavy for an even worse guy, and
one day he gets the sense that his usefulness has come to an end.
Unfortunately for everyone else involved, Roy's just been diagnosed with
terminal cancer and has absolutely nothing left to lose. He manages to
escape the situation, but finds himself burdened with a teenage
prostitute and no plan for the future.
This book is dark, and it
is also quite violent. It's also well-written, gripping, and
surprisingly optimistic about the possibility for redemption and change.
I liked it, but I'm not sure I'd ever want to read it again.