- Book Title: Rubble and the Wreckage
- Author: Rodd Clark
- Publisher: Driven Press (January 30, 2015)
- Book Length: 254 pages
- Genre: Gay, Contemporary, Thriller, Psychological Thriller
- Reviewed by: Kol
- Posting Date: March 23, 2015
“If you desire murder, you hold a life in your hand. Whether you release it to grant life or grip tighter to end it, it is at your command and discretion.”
The grim, poetic observation is a tiny revelation of Gabriel Church’s thought process. The savvy Church who seems to affect the autobiographer Christian Maxwell in ways that even he can’t understand will take you captive as well. Reading the book was enjoyable because the subtle ways the plot unfolds and because every word is there for a reason, every setting feels like you’re really there. You can feel the tension in the atmosphere, the sights and the smells. Clark has done an amazing job. It’s a fascinating book with a story that is hard to put down. The characters are written so well you can’t help liking them in some way and wanting to hear their story no matter how dark or demented it gets.
“In Christian’s view we are a species that cannot help but destroy our gods.”
“Every religion becomes a cast-off eventually; we find our spiritual side uncivilized, unholy and savage. So we just shake it off like a dog drying his fur from the rain. Then we just move on; we calibrate our convictions then change our idols. We are nothing if not predictable.”
“It came without warning, without that twitchy need of a meth-head in need of a fix. He didn’t fight that urge to kill, as did so many other plagued killers. He didn’t hear voices, he didn’t have a deep-seated hatred, and he wasn’t out to make any political stand. He killed because he could.”
(And when Christian talks to him about God and morality)
“You said in the beginning you believed in God.” [Christian]
“Incorrect. I asked you if you believed in God. I said it may prove somewhat providential as our talks continued.”
“Then we’re back to square one. Do you, Gabriel Church, believe in an Almighty God?”
“If there was a God…you wouldn’t need to be having this conversation with me now. I would simply not exist.” Church curled his lip in a barely noticeable sneer. It was his rebuke against the whole point of it. He believed he had indeed become the singularity that disproved a greater god.
The way Church’s story unfolds and as he tells Christian things that he himself confesses he has never told anyone Church reveals what drives him to kill and how with some victim he sees this bright light and that’s how he knows they’re supposed to be his victims. The whole thing is sad and beautiful at the same time, extremely poignant and intense. I’m just glad there’s a book two.
The Book Description:
Gabriel Church knows you can’t take a life without first understanding just how feeble life is, how tentative and weak it stands alone. If you desire murder, you hold a life in your hand. Whether you release it to grant life or grip tighter to end it, it is at your command and discretion. Gabriel is a serial killer with a story he wants told.
Christian Maxwell studied abnormal psychology in college but chose instead to focus on a career in writing. His background comes in handy when he thinks of writing about a serial killer. He can’t think of anyone more qualified to write the story of Gabriel Lee Church, and do so in the murderer’s own words. It’s been done before, but never with a killer who has yet to be captured or convicted.
There was never anything more than a gentleman’s understanding between the two men that Christian would record Gabriel’s life story. The killer did not ask for his complicity in any crimes, nor did he ever ask for his silence. Christian’s interest in the man, though, is fast becoming something more than academic. When the writer and his subject become unexpected friends and then lovers, the question remains: What is Gabriel’s endgame . . . and why does he want his story told?
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