The Tacoma Pill Junkies

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  • Paperback
  • 245 pages
  • The Tacoma Pill Junkies
  • Joshua Swainston
  • English
  • 18 July 2017
  • 1475080700

About the Author: Joshua Swainston

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The Tacoma Pill JunkiesWhen Courtney Taylor, A 23 Year Old Clothing Store Manager And Single Mother, Is Mugged At Gunpoint By A Man Who Resembles A Rodent, She Loses Self Esteem, An Uncashed Paycheck And Her Driver S License Shortly Thereafter, Reno Walch, A Custodian And Drug User, Discovers Courtney S License On A Bus Ride To Work And Seeks To Return The Wayward Object Meanwhile Reno S Cohorts, A Trio Of Pharmaceutical Addicts, Are Making A Fortune On Ill Gotten Prescription OxyContin While Consuming As Many Pills As Possible In Between Fixated On Their Own Personal Goals, Nobody Notices The Major Media Outlets Reporting The Acts Of A Killer Running Rampant Through The Nighttime Streets Of Tacoma.The Tacoma Pill Junkies By Joshua Swainston Follows The Lives Of Working Class Twenty Something Pill Addicts As They Find Out What Trouble Success Can Bring Behind It All, There Is A Series Of Murders Involving A Particular Subsection Of An Under Appreciated Work Force.

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10 thoughts on “The Tacoma Pill Junkies

  1. Cameron Kobes says:

    Knowing the Tacoma area will definitely enhance the experience of this book for the reader Living in Tacoma, I thought the book was a stunning, if grim, portrayal of the city The story ismultilayered and complex than you would expect of a crime novel, with credible storylines and characters and some shocking twists and turns Toward the end I did think some of the events seemed a little rushed, but even so I was very impressed with the book overall.

  2. Ira Therebel says:

    The book is about the drug crime scene in Tacoma I had to take some time to reflect what I think of the book It has a lot of originality that I appreciated My main problem is that I didn t really get so much into characters, to me they were pretty much just names I would say the only one that was really interesting was Val And I think in a book like this characters and connecting with them is pretty important The story itself starts a bit slow but then it starts acceleration and the second The book is about the drug crime scene in Tacoma I had to take some time to reflect what I think of the book It has a lot of originality that I appreciated My main problem is that I didn t really get so much into characters, to me they were pretty much just names I would say the only one that was really interesting was Val And I think in a book like this characters and connecting with them is pretty important The story itself starts a bit slow but then it starts acceleration and the second half sure has a lot happening Things that I didn t expect at all And for the most part it really kept me on turning pages The outcome was really weird Now, I still am trying to figure out if it is a good thing or a bad thing I usually like it when I am surprised by the ending but in this case I wasn t even sure how such a bizarre explanation fits into this book I definitely did like it though and would recommend it for a read Maybe people from Tacoma will appreciate it eventhan I do as they will connect to the drug and crime scene

  3. Scott says:

    I can see how Tacoma gentrification lovers would frown on the myth this book creates in taking our city and keeping it mired in the grit and shady nature that truly is at its core However, the grit is why I love Tacoma This was a fun read illustrating a crime scene surrounding the jumpy nature of pill junkies I did get a little weary of the constant music and song references backing up all of the settings and the ending seemed like a quick wrap up session to the book However, the soothsayi I can see how Tacoma gentrification lovers would frown on the myth this book creates in taking our city and keeping it mired in the grit and shady nature that truly is at its core However, the grit is why I love Tacoma This was a fun read illustrating a crime scene surrounding the jumpy nature of pill junkies I did get a little weary of the constant music and song references backing up all of the settings and the ending seemed like a quick wrap up session to the book However, the soothsaying bus riding handicapped dwarf was a disturbing and feisty element

  4. Marissa Harrison says:

    It has been speculated that people can sense their own kind Gays have Gaydar Former prison inmates share a hardened exterior Soldiers have the thousand yard stare Drug users can spot other drug users for what they really are Maybe it was a pheromone exuded by a struggling serotonin gland Maybe it was a Sherlock Holmes deduction based on the observation of burned finger tips, bloodshot eyes and scratch marks around the base of the nose All one has to do is look with the right set of eye It has been speculated that people can sense their own kind Gays have Gaydar Former prison inmates share a hardened exterior Soldiers have the thousand yard stare Drug users can spot other drug users for what they really are Maybe it was a pheromone exuded by a struggling serotonin gland Maybe it was a Sherlock Holmes deduction based on the observation of burned finger tips, bloodshot eyes and scratch marks around the base of the nose All one has to do is look with the right set of eyes I m not sure how I feel about this book I had to think about it, for days after I finished, and so that probably means it s brilliant Swaggering as best he could, he clustered up with a group of guys shooting pool No one said anything directly to him, though it seemed as if no one said anything directly to anyone Most of the conversation seemed to be blanket negation of the situation Statements such as, F , I m bored This town is dead Never anything to do around here What I loved about this book is summed up by this passage I grew up in and around Tacoma, and felt these sentiments on almost a daily basis But like this book, returning home fills me with a sense of appreciation I can t define The Tacoma Pill Junkies is funny, reminding me of one of my favorite movies, Snatch It s cynical, ironic honest, which happen to be my favorite things But I couldn t give thisthan three stars for two reasons 1 This book would benefit greatly from a meticulous editor There were missing pronouns, incorrect word form and repeating phrases, i.e The cat jumped, then ate then ate the mouse 2 I didn t fall in love with any of the characters I felt at least one of the characters could have useddevelopment or backstory I never felt invested, and so I never felt affected by the tragedies that ultimately converged in the empty parking lot of the Tacoma Mall I pictured the way the parking lot looked when I waited in the car for my shopaholic mom who wouldn t leave the store until after they locked the doors to new customers Why does Reno love crossword puzzles Why is Martin Campbell suddenly obsessed with Courtney What led Courtney to getting pregnant as a teen Tacoma Pill Junkies is interesting, has an eloquent voice, but lacks a bit of the page turning element But definitely a fun read for anyone familiar with the Tacoma Aroma

  5. Titus Burley says:

    Set in the familiar local landscape of the South Puget Sound, Swainston s debut novel takes you into the minimum wage lives and mall shrine existence of a cast of disaffected young adults who turn to pills to cope with a world that offers little real promise for fulfillment or advancement Darkly comic characters including a couple of memorable mall cops populate a novel that includes a serial killer and syrupy elevator Muzak as atmospheric backdrop Will the Alaskan gold strike effects of Set in the familiar local landscape of the South Puget Sound, Swainston s debut novel takes you into the minimum wage lives and mall shrine existence of a cast of disaffected young adults who turn to pills to cope with a world that offers little real promise for fulfillment or advancement Darkly comic characters including a couple of memorable mall cops populate a novel that includes a serial killer and syrupy elevator Muzak as atmospheric backdrop Will the Alaskan gold strike effects of a long ill Grandmother s unused stash of Oxycontin that provides a sudden and unexpected bounty for a small group of users suddenly turned suppliers bring happiness or pain Swainston plumbs the perhaps new genre of Mall Lit to reach a conclusion you will not expect Comfortably paced, with a set of characters that grow on you, The Tacoma Pill Junkies is an enjoyable and promising debut novel

  6. Debbie Olson says:

    This was a fun read It is structured really well, with several characters with intertwining stories A definite twist here and there so you are pleasantly surprised

  7. Post Defiance says:

    Originally published at by Timothy Thomas McNeely.There is a debate carried on throughout The Tacoma Pill Junkies, the new release from Tacoma author Joshua Swainston, regarding the best drug movie, and to a lesser extent, the best drug literature It may well be debate that decides whether or not you like this novel The pill junkies of the book s title argue variously for many movies, but they come down on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Big Lebo Originally published at by Timothy Thomas McNeely.There is a debate carried on throughout The Tacoma Pill Junkies, the new release from Tacoma author Joshua Swainston, regarding the best drug movie, and to a lesser extent, the best drug literature It may well be debate that decides whether or not you like this novel The pill junkies of the book s title argue variously for many movies, but they come down on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Big Lebowski, and Trainspotting as the strongest contenders Swainston s story draws relatively equal parts from all of them, all with an addict s obsessive compulsive need to keep the high going.Reading The Tacoma Pill Junkies can be a bit like a trip, I suppose The book has incredibly short, staccato chapters, compensating for whatever ADD or ADHD may need service in the reader it catalogs, in great detail, the various quirks of each character, the dingiest details of its Tacoma exteriors, and of course every way in which to get high off of pills Threaded throughout is a murder mystery that slow burns to quite a surprise And like any good drug movie, there is also the search for the next hit, the bigger hit, the last hit, and the consequences that go along, not least of which ismurders.The story takes place, as the title suggests, in Tacoma Swainston lives in Tacoma when he is not on a tug in Alaska it is interesting to note this occupation of his, not least of which because one character, Val, is engaged in building the false persona of a long time seaman through information mostly garnered out of old novels and nautical manuals he checks out at the Tacoma Public Library.The Tacoma element in this book cannot be played down And sadly, it is not an encouraging portrait of our fair city However, we are, of course, talking about junkies and their friends It makes sense that unflattering locations would be a regular element of such a tale It will also make you increasingly uncomfortable with public transportation and the Tacoma Mall.The novel is an intertwining of three stories the janitors, the single mom, and the junkies There is overlap into all three through the character of Reno, our choose life junkie, the one trying, over time, to clean up his act, largely for the sake of the single mom, Courtney, and her son, Aiden Reno also, for some reason, does crossword puzzles, which conveniently mirror and comment upon the situations occurring while he s filling them out.In fact, at all times, we know what everyone is reading, what websites people view, and how everyone prepares their meals, their clothes, their deals, and their drugs This overwriting, over describing is both endearing and annoying endearing for the true Tacoma phyle and or drug paraphernalia aficionado, who wants to know precisely the decor of Magoo s, the smell of burning foil, or the route of the 53 bus possibly annoying for theplot minded casual reader It s hard to decide what s superfluous and if anything is essential, and at times it weighs down the action In this, it follows some of the style of Chuck Palahniuk or Michael Chabon, true catalogers of experience, style, and place In that spirit, Swainston is a competent craftsman, reveling like many Tacomans in the grit of this city.For example, the book follows a bunch of night janitors around the Tacoma Mall, and while such moments are authentic, to a point, they are also sometimes only as interesting as you can imagine following night janitors around the Tacoma Mall may be There are detailed references to everything from bus routes and the best food court vendors to steal soda from, to the equipment housed in service closets Inside was a set of shelves with several tools ranging from a Makita Chop box to a Ryobi Power Drill as well as a plethora of hand tools A bag of Purina dry cat food sat heaped in a corner On the opposite side of the room from the tools sat what looked like an over sized bumper car with amber lights mounted on the back The Predator 40R Riding Automatic Floor Scrubber Now we know.That said, many of the descriptions are simply so spot on that it s hard not to get a contact high from the recognition of a place or a Tacoma figure much like seeing your personal haunts as backdrops in a movie Tower Lanes epitomized the essence of the mid eighties bowling craze Rust colored carpet, pounded flat from decades of wear Lanes accented with broken neon light A hazy bar in back supported a smattering of regulars drinking tall boys of whatever was cheap that day Three pool tables tucked back in next to the arcade heavily crowded by pre drinking age kids trying to make a social happening A Tacoma police officer stood watch by the front door The jukebox in the corner played primarily late eighties, early nineties metal intermixed with current top forty and hip hop.There are drug addled debates about picking up girls, porn sites, the best drug movies, ad nauseum While this lays a thick layer of atmosphere over the book, it is as unbalanced as the drug users it describes.Nonetheless, there are many choice images and descriptions to be had Concluding a scene in the back office of a mall clothing store, we read As if the office was a pi ata, a surly boutique manager and two make believe cops burst out One purse snatching character is given the name Rat boy by our spunky single mom One frequent bus patron is a foul mouthed dwarf in a Rascal, a character who, in his rage, goes far beyond anything likely to be tolerated by real bus drivers or patrons in Tacoma.There is a love story mixed up in it all There are deals that go well, and those that go very, very badly There are a vast array of Tacoma locales on display, from the east hill to Owen Beach.If you like some of the virtues of the movies previously mentioned drugs, the results of drugs, discursive conversation, and meticulous attention to details, even the uncomfortable ones you ll find a good read in The Tacoma Pill Junkies If you always thought there should be a drug laden murder mystery set in Tacoma, you now have your book.The Tacoma Pill Junkies by Joshua Swainston 246 pp Createspace by12 paperback and 4.99 ebook

  8. Alec Clayton says:

    As clearly suggested by the title, the book is about a bunch of dealers and addicts who go about their business in Tacoma, Washington It s about a corrupt cop and a couple of semi competent rent a cops, a strange and irritating Rat Boy, a trio of dealers who are not exactly bad guys but should be doing anything but what they re doing And it s about Reno, a janitor at the mall, and Courtney, a single mother who manages a boutique These would be lovers stumble into one another and find refuge As clearly suggested by the title, the book is about a bunch of dealers and addicts who go about their business in Tacoma, Washington It s about a corrupt cop and a couple of semi competent rent a cops, a strange and irritating Rat Boy, a trio of dealers who are not exactly bad guys but should be doing anything but what they re doing And it s about Reno, a janitor at the mall, and Courtney, a single mother who manages a boutique These would be lovers stumble into one another and find refuge with one another and they stumble into some very unsavory happenings As the lives of these characters play out something large and disturbing is going down in Tacoma There s a serial killer on the loose and he s targeting, of all people, janitors in local institutions, including the mall where Reno and Courtney work.Reno and Courtney likeable young people in dead end jobs whose lives are going nowhere Reno s most endearing characteristic is his obsession with crossword puzzles he masters them with ease even when distracted and even when stoned He is obviously too smart to be trapped in such an unrewarding life Courtney is dedicated to her young son and fed up with the idiots and bimbos at work.I don t know anything about people who are addicted to pharmaceuticals or the people who illegally sell them, but the ways Swainston depicts them read as authentic Some of the characters in this book needthorough development, and some of the writing is strained as if Swainston is trying too hard to be literary instead of just telling his story, and the book could have used at least onegood edit but overall it is a fun read about some engaging characters

  9. Alison Whiteman says:

    Swainston has a lot of potential as a writer However, the characters fell flat for me Courtney was a stereotyped single mother working at the mall If I did the math correctly, she had the child when she was still a teenager Reno reminds of an actual person I know in Tacoma, but this would have been from the mid 90s If I could rate the book for quality of sentences, I would give it a five The author really nailed it with sentences like this This told Ben that most heavy users, dealers, pu Swainston has a lot of potential as a writer However, the characters fell flat for me Courtney was a stereotyped single mother working at the mall If I did the math correctly, she had the child when she was still a teenager Reno reminds of an actual person I know in Tacoma, but this would have been from the mid 90s If I could rate the book for quality of sentences, I would give it a five The author really nailed it with sentences like this This told Ben that most heavy users, dealers, pushers and addicts, not much was worth doing after the drug Pottery class was just another thing to do until it became time toor sellI lived in Tacoma for 28 years so it was fun to read about all the usual haunts, but it also made me sad to think nothing has changed I know the coffee crowd there The crowd goes from coffee to alcohol in the evening I could point you to many people who have bottles of pills and spend time looking them up to see how they can be abused This same group figures out any possible way to avoid working I actually decided Reno only had a job because he does not or has failed to convince The Social Security Administration he has a disability Finally, I do look forward to seeing the author grow and write something that draws one in via characters one actually cares for These people were pretty despicable Mostly though, they fell flat

  10. Girl Well Read says:

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.The story would have beeneffective as a short story as I felt the characters were underdeveloped I felt that especially Reno and Courtney neededwork Swainston took the time to give Reno an affection for crosswords but doesn t really flesh out the character The book also needed another thorough edit and maybe a substantive edit to tighten up the story as at times it went off the rails That being said, it was a fun read.