Blackthorn Book Tours Slow Down by Lee Matthew Goldberg

How far would you go to make your dreams come true? For budding writer and filmmaker Noah Spaeth, being a Production Assistant in director Dominick Bambach’s new avant-garde film isn’t enough. Neither is watching Dominick have an affair with the lead actress, the gorgeous but troubled Nevie Wyeth. For Noah’s dream is to get both the film and Nevie in the end, whatever the cost. And this obsession may soon become a reality once Dominick’s spurned wife Isadora reveals her femme fatale nature with a seductive plot to get rid of her husband for good. Slow Down, a cross between the noir styling of James M. Cain and the dark satire of Bret Easton Ellis, is a thrilling page-turner that holds a mirror up to a media-saturated society that is constantly searching for the fastest way to get ahead, regardless of consequences.

My Review

I wasn’t too sure about this one when I first started reading but I was sucked in by the Talking Heads quote in the front end matter not that it is my favorite quote from my favorite Talking Heads album it must be said. I’m a big fan of True Stories the film and the soundtrack and the record. But it also must be said that the song “This Must Be the Place” does relate to the story of Slow Down and David Byrne is a New Yorker and he represents the kind of New York presented in the novel as anyone who is a fan of the former ‘Heads front man would know.

Goldberg makes his readers wait a long time for the thrilling side of his thriller as he lays out the setting of clubs and parties and presents his cast of messed-up characters filled with drugs and aspirations to become movie stars and directors wanting to hit the big time. Slow Down is narrated as a memoir looking back on the previous few years by twenty-something rich kid Noah. A tight knot of players interweave as the plot unfolds in one long breathless descent into craziness and betrayal and deception. Goldberg writes well and it might be said too well in places as I could smell the putrescent odours and taste the absinthe.

I’ve always considered the spoiled brat elite to be tremendously annoying as characters and hardly worth the author’s time of day. Goldberg has changed my mind about that. The ending of this novel comes with a backwards slap as Noah is forced to reassess everything he believed was and wasn’t true.

Slow Down is most definitely a thriller to look out for.

About Lee Matthew Goldberg

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE DESIRE CARD, THE MENTOR, and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming in 2020, along with his first Sci-Fi novel ORANGE CITY. His new endeavor will be as the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe Press and Fringe Digital, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.

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