Sawbones (The Smalls Family I) by Ash Ericmore
Edward Smalls got the nickname Sawbones by cutting people up. For a bloke called Robert, who is Eastern European. Now, small time dope pusher Alfred Leonard wants Edward to star in a snuff film. With additional fuckery.
And everyone knows that Edward will turn his hand to most things if the price is right.
But Edward is not the luckiest guy on earth, and everything might just go disgustingly wrong.
Seven brothers. Seven Smalls. Graphic content. Consider this a trigger warning for just about everything.
This was insane! And what a start to what will no doubt be an amazing series! If you love insanity, gore, and brutality, this one is for you.
Sawbones introduces the reader to Edward Smalls, one of seven siblings in the Smalls family, and it is one hell of an introduction. A meeting with Alfred Leonard, a drug dealer and the criminal equivalent of middle-management, takes an unexpected turn as Edward is asked if he'd be willing to supply a snuff film for some new European business partners. No stranger to killing, Edward agrees to the strange proposition.. He already makes a living by supplying harvested organs on the black market, earning him the nickname Sawbones. How hard can it be to make a video incorporating sex and death? Locating a suitable victim and getting her back to his dungeon workspace turns out to be the simple part. Everything else seems to be working against him, from the oppressive heat to unwanted visitors. Edward learns the hard way that film sets are a perpetual state of barely organized chaos, and that the people behind-the-scenes bankrolling the production often seem not to share the same creative vision as the director. Edward Smalls is a strangely likeable character, considering how he earns his living. Ericmore successfully fleshes out a human monster who seems uncomfortably relatable and awkwardly amusing. It'll be interesting to meet the other members of the Smalls family as the series continues. If this first installment is a solid basis of what to expect, there's no way anyone could come out of this series feeling disappointed. The story reads like the novelization of a film written as a collaboration between Tarantino, Ritchie, and Roth.
I’m already loving this series! I read this and the second book, Snuff, back-to-back in one sitting. The dark humor is amazing, the story is fun, and Edward is an enjoyable character. This entire series is going to be an instant purchase going forward.
Only one book in and I'm already planning out the series In my head. It's has to be at least eight books, right? One for each Smalls brother, and his favorite atrocity? I hope I'm at least close! This first book is great. In this world, you'd think there'd be little left to surprise you, but the author keeps rolling out fresh deaths like he's got a vault of 'em. The humor, as usual, is top notch, and blacker than my mascara. I already had a smirk on pages one and two, but an actual noise came out on page three. (That 'reel to reel' line about killed me, so nonchalant.) BONUS! Only a few more days to wait for part two!
Great novella. Can’t wait to see this family saga take off. Very well done!