Big Machine - Victor LaValle

Big Machine

By Victor LaValle

  • Release Date: 2009-08-11
  • Genre: Literary
4 Score: 4 (From 25 Ratings)


Ricky Rice is a middling hustler with a lingering junk habit, a bum knee, and a haunted mind. A survivor of a suicide cult, he scrapes by as a porter at a bus depot in Utica, New York, until one day a mysterious letter arrives, summoning him to enlist in a band of paranormal investigators comprised of former addicts and petty criminals, all of whom had at some point in their wasted lives heard what may have been the voice of God.

Infused with the wonder of a disquieting dream and laced with Victor LaValle’s fiendish comic sensibility, Big Machine is a mind-rattling mystery about doubt, faith, and the monsters we carry within us.


  • Rough Cut Diamond

    By Jorge from Queens
    This is a beautiful and, often times, messy read. Its definitely not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but the protagonist's voice was fresh and humorous enough to keep me attached. The 'horror' label is a bit misleading but I'm not quite sure what genre would accurately reflect this story. Definitely worth reading, though be prepared for abrupt breaks and sudden 180's in the plot.