American Roulette | Critical Book Review

American Roulette by Matthew Best, Robert Bradshaw, et. al delves into the chilling narrative of a small community hurtling toward a mass shooting. Warren Maxwell’s review unravels the complexities of this Milford House Press novel.


Unraveling the Threads of Tragedy

Steven Bradley, CEO of a crisis management firm, is unexpectedly thrust into the aftermath of a mass shooting in a small town mall. As he navigates the maze of public grief and political strategy alongside the property owner, the novel meticulously traces the lives of seven characters leading up to the fateful mall food court incident.


A Tapestry of Lives

The characters, from Emma the security guard to Chris the indebted pastor, and Caitlin, a teenager recovering from a psychological hospital stay, provide a glimpse into ordinary and extraordinary events shaping their destinies. As the narrative moves chronologically from morning to a violent showdown, each character’s perspective is explored, revealing the experiential gap while highlighting common bonds and unspoken struggles.


Nuanced Narration and Diverse Voices

With each author contributing a character, the novel achieves continuity, nuance, and a remarkable diversity of voices. While engaging with certain tropes and clich├ęs, such as the scorned incel and the gun-loving factory worker, the authors grant every character protagonist-level depth, empathy, and space. The true horror of public violence takes center stage, challenging generalizing labels and emphasizing the shared humanity of the characters.


Beyond Blame: A Call for Unity

While politics are intertwined with the narrative, the emphasis remains on the tragic loss of life and the need for constructive solutions. The story becomes a thought-provoking exploration of humanity and modern society’s failures rather than a polemic with predetermined answers. American Roulette encourages readers to unite against gun violence, loneliness, mental illness, and various injustices, making a compelling case for collective action.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, ISBN:

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
Milford House PressMystery, Thriller & Suspense / Political256 pages9798888191422

American Roulette by Matthew Best, Robert Bradshaw, et. al delves into the chilling narrative of a small community hurtling toward a mass shooting. Warren Maxwell’s review unravels the complexities of this Milford House Press novel. Unraveling the Threads of Tragedy Steven Bradley, CEO of a crisis management firm, is unexpectedly thrust into the aftermath of…