With Martyrs and Holymen, Larry Fondation continues to record gritty stories of city life. In his fifth book of “L.A. Stories” he has expanded the scope to include the experiences of Angeleno soldiers on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and also returning home. When Fallujah is transplanted to Southern California, “survival” can take many meanings, all of them translating into four letter words. Fondation details the scars left by that which does not kill us, and tests the notion that we really are left stronger by the experience.
“Fondation’s fiction is so far past noir that it’s almost surreal. What’s horrifying is that it’s not surreal; it’s real. Fondation is the author of three books of fiction…and each of these books is a small masterpiece…”
“…the Raymond Carver of the noir novel.”
—Hubert Prolongeau, Marianne Magazine
Work of “….dazzling effect served by masterful language.”
—Mikael Demets, L’Accoudoir
“… a crescendo connecting at 100,000 volts.”
—Martine Laval, Le Matricule des Anges