Monday, September 21, 2009

Humpty Dumpty was Pushed

Detective Salvatore “Black Sallie Blue Eyes” Messina is a tough as nails type of guy. He knows how to get the job done right. He is charged with solving the murder of a young man. The murder victim was found outside of a night club. He must be a wanna-be rapper or gang lord of sorts. This assessment could only be concluded from the bling and young socks he was wearing. Detective Messina’s investigation will take him into the heart of New York City and crossing paths with some very odd characters.

Humpty Dumpty was Pushed is Marc Blatte’s debut novel. For some reason as much as I kept hoping and wanting to love this book, I just couldn’t. I can’t say it wasn’t for a lack of effort. I did read and finish the book. Detective Messina does hold a place in my heart. He won me over with his determination and no apologetic attitude. Detective Messina was as gritty and hard core as New York City. One thing I do have to give it up to Mr. Blatte is that he definitely did not have any boring characters. Humpty Dumpty was Pushed had everyone from wanna-be rappers to a female wrestler, who scared the pants off me. Humpty Dumpty was Pushed just couldn’t piece together a winner for me.

1 comment:

Hambonebro said...

Hi Cheryl,

I am the author and just read the review after reading another highly favorable review at

As you can see on Amazon the ratio of good to bad responses has been quite small.

I haven’t ever written to someone who didn’t like the book before but I liked the tone of your critique, I thought you expressed yourself with grace and consideration, so I thought I would write.

I think the book isn’t for everyone.
Some people have called it a highly new approach to a traditional genre.
I would agree with that. There is also a consensus that the voice is
original. That is something I am very grateful for but acknowledge that for some it might not be a good thing.

In the end though the book is meant to be entertaining. To a degree reading a story is a bit like taking a Rorschach test. Everybody gets an impression and reacts accordingly.

What I like about Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed is the portrayal of worlds in collision. I find the social commentary of great interest.The intensity and level of action is also something I find appealing. I was very happy when someone called it a cross between Bonfire of the Vanities and Pulp fiction.If that is anywhere near the case for some people I am thrilled. I love both works.

We just signed a film deal. The director was fascinated, he told me, with the complex and realistic psychology of the characters. The fact that no one is purely evil or purely good was of great interest and quite entertaining to him.In all honesty I tended to base them on people I had known or run into.

I’m sorry that you didn’t like the book more, however I do appreciate that you took the time to read and review it.

If any of your readers are interested in knowing more about the book my website is