AN AMERICAN CAGE by Ted  Galdi

AN AMERICAN CAGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A prison escape doesn’t go as planned for three inmates, who may find themselves in an even more grievous predicament, in Galdi’s (Elixir, 2014) thriller.

Getting outside the walls of Thurgood L. Crick Prison in Texas is only the beginning for Danny Marsh and fellow jailbirds Monty Montgomery and Phil Zorn. There’s the anticipated manhunt, for one, as the men high-tail it south for a Mexican refuge. Danny, still wrought with guilt over the crime that led to his five-year stint, felt that incarceration had been “killing him from the inside like a tapeworm.” So he was keen to the idea of a breakout, concocted by his much older, father-figure bunkmate, Phil. Unfortunately, someone double-crosses the fleeing prisoners, and Danny learns that freedom has a cost. With one of his friends’ lives under threat, Danny searches for a way to flee to Mexico without anyone dying. Meanwhile, Lt. John Ramos, certain that ensnaring the Crick escapees could jump-start his political career, is dead set on tracking down all three of them. Galdi generates tension with a prison break that’s more anguish than exhilaration. Danny, for example, has a panic attack when Monty’s injured on the lam. Brooding descriptions are likewise unrelenting. After tremors pass for an emotional Danny, he then feels “lighter, but more vulnerable at the same time, like a foot with a callus scraped off, the newly exposed skin healthier but more delicate.” Absorbing details abound, from what landed Danny in jail to the back story for Jane Pilgrim, a hitchhiker who crosses paths with the escapees. Endings for each of the individual characters are rock-solid and indelible.

A tale of convicts on the run that convincingly examines their psychological states.

ISBN: 978-0-9898507-2-8
Page count: 296pp
Publisher: Self
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2017




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