A vacuum salesman by day, the introvert lives a quiet life alone with his dog until a work relationship and a dark secret from his past team up to create an uncomfortable imbalance in his otherwise ordered life, one that soon finds him squarely at the center of a murder investigation. With his thoughts continually urging him to make people “red and open” and to “achieve it” with his girlfriend Donna, what follows is a sometimes brutal, oftentimes hilarious, and absurdist account of the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.
Thanks to Sarah at Book on The Brightside Tours and Michael Paul Michaud for my e-copy of the very unique ‘The Introvert’.
The Introvert in question, is a very quiet, slightly odd, socially awkward Vacuum salesman. We don’t ever learn his name. He is the Introvert. Living alone with his dog Molly, he keeps himself to himself, and just seems to amble along.
When a work colleague starts to show an interest and he starts a relationship , and a disagreement with his landlord follows, a very different ‘Introvert ‘ shows his colours.
This isn’t a long read, it’s at times a little slow, but does pick up and it’s really quite different.
Shades of ‘Dexter’ of the hit US tv show of the same name, it has some violent moments, but also a humour throughout.
The Introvert to start is quite hard to like but he really does become a kind of loveable rogue.
A quirky, darkly comic tale and it’s really rather good and a bit of a change from the norm.
I am an American-Canadian citizen, a criminal prosecutor, and author of BILLY TABBS (& THE GLORIOUS DARROW) (bitingduckpress) and THE INTROVERT series (Black Opal Books). I have a B.A. in English from McMaster University, an Honors B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude) from McMaster University, a J.D. from The University of Western Ontario (with an international exchange completed at Washington & Lee). I have won awards for both my community service and my work as a criminal prosecutor. I am a member of Crime Writers of Canada and International Thriller Writers. I also strive to maintain a strong social media author presence, including at facebook.com/michaelpaulmichaud, and have made regular appearances on SiriusXM’s Canada Talks. I am an unabashed and unapologetic zealot of Twin Peaks. Literary influences are primarily Orwell, Dickens, Vonnegut, Dostoevsky.
I was inspired to write The Introvert after reading Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky) and The Stranger (Camus). It has been likened to Dexter and American Psycho meeting Office Space and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. I also consider it the most unorthodox of animals rights books. Every dog lover should read them.
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