4 out of 5 stars
On Amazon UK
How I discovered this book: it was submitted to Rosie Amber's Book Review Team, of which I am a member.
Genre: crime, murder, dark humour
This is a collection of three novellas, and I enjoyed them all. I really liked Andy Rausch's writing style, it's right up my street; very current, intelligently witty, sharp and observant.
The first one is Easy-Peezy, set in 1920/30s America, about Emmet Dalton, a former bank robber of the late 19th century who has hung up his boots and holster, but longs to show young guns like John Dillinger how it's done. He teams up with a couple of others from the same era and sets off for one last crime spree. On its own, I'd have given this 4*.
The second, Riding Shotgun, is about a writer who find himself involved in a life of crime after his wife is killed. I liked this one slightly less, as at times 'darkly humorous' crossed the border into 'just daft', although it was still well-written. 3*.
The last story, $crilla, is easily the best, I loved it. Almost totally dialogue, and hilarious, easily 5*. Two unsuccessful gangsta rappers hatch a plot to extort money from their reluctant producer.
The language, particularly in the last one, would not suit anyone who finds authentic street talk offensive; if you don't, and can appreciate how well-observed it is, you'll love it. I felt the influence of certain TV shows and films, throughout, even in some specific lines, but I quite liked that about it. It's a good collection, professionally presented, and worth getting for the last one alone.
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017
RIDING SHOTGUN and other American Cruelties by Andy Rausch
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Thank you Terry, the old style gangster theme sounds appealing. Not so sure about the newer gangsters for me though.ReplyDelete
Ha ha! None of it is for the squeamish, Rosie.. this guy can really write, tho :)Delete
Thanks for the review, Terry. I'm glad you enjoyed the book.ReplyDelete
You're welcome. The characterisation of Loop, Bugs and Booby in the last one was brilliant, some of the lines were so good. I want to see it on telly!Delete