SAVAGES is a unique romp on the wild side. Its anti-heroes, Ben, Chon and O (or multiple O as sheâ€™s fondly known) are a cast of characters you gotta love. Ben and Chon are the greatest developers and suppliers of hydroponic weed in Laguna Beach and they have a loyal following. Their weed can be custom made for just the kind of high you want. They provide for the rich and famous. They live well and have been happily supplying their customers for years.
AMONG THIEVES opens its prologue with a man from Ireland named Liam about to finish off “a lump of flesh curled in front of him on the cement floor.” He had tortured “the lump” for information that he had not gotten. While looking down at the man, Murphy, Liam remembered how, when he was a child in Belfast, a vengeance killing left him the only survivor in his immediate family. This grisly event had put him on his current path of mayhem and murder.
Next, Boston attorney Scott Finn enters the Nashua Street Jail to visit Devon Malley, a guy he knew back in the day when he wasn’t such an upstanding citizen either. Devon is in the joint for what looks like a smash-and-grab at a very expensive clothing and lingerie store. But as Scott, his paralegal, Lissa Krantz, and his investigator, Tom Kozlowski, soon discover, defending Devon is no piece of cake. Not to mention this could well become a pro bono case that could end up costing much more than foregone greenbacks.
March 1, 2010
Â· Judi Clark Â· No Comments
Tags: Boston, Con/Caper, Courtroom Drama, Gardner Museum Theft, Lawyer, Legal, Mafia, Murder Mystery Â· Posted in: Mystery/Suspense, NE & New York, Sleuths Series
The title of Ian Rankinâ€™s latest stand-alone crime thriller is DOORS OPEN, and this title has both literal and figurative meanings. Figuratively the title refers to the “open doors” of opportunities and decisions. “Open doors” are those moments when we glimpse the possibilities of choice and a different sort of future, and during those moments we decide whether or not to pass through that open door, or just walk awayâ€¦.
In HONEY IN HIS MOUTH from pulp author Lester Dent, Walter Harsh is a nomadic, small-time grifter who makes a tenuous living selling photographs. Partnering with whichever woman he happens to be involved with, and working under the guise of National Studios of Hollywood, Harsh moves from town-to-town hustling customers to buy more photographs than theyâ€™d planned to when they “won” the free 8×10 portraits. Itâ€™s a low rent, sleazy operation, but itâ€™s a living. Unfortunately, Harsh ripped off a supplier to the tune of $720 for photographic supplies. So when the supplier spots Harsh in a gas station, heâ€™s out–not just for his money–but revenge too on the â€śthieving bastardâ€ť who took him for an idiot.
And this brings me to Donald Westlakeâ€™s novel GET REAL. Realizing the capacity for comedy, several authors have taken the idea of reality television and written some very creative and funny books built on the subject: Ben Eltonâ€™s Chart Throb and Dead Famous, for example, and now Westlake tries his hand, and the result is a witty crime caper novel featuring one of Westlakeâ€™s regulars, John Dortmunder.
Donâ€™t let the retro-noir painting on the cover of FAKE I.D. fool you, this is not one of those old books from the fifties that Hard Case Crime has rediscovered. Itâ€™s a smart, mean-spirited little tale of addiction and rage from Jason Starr who is one of the most under-read authors of the last fifteen years.