Synopses & Reviews
5 important lessons you can learn by reading Bust
1. When you hire someone to kill your wife, don't hire a psychopath.
2. Drano is not the best tool for getting rid of a dead body.
3. Those locks on hotel room doors? Not very secure.
4. A curly blond wig isn't much of a disguise.
5. Secrets can kill.
"This first-time collaboration between two rising crime fiction writers is a full-tilt, rocking homage to noir novels of the 1950s, taking full advantage of the neo-pulp Hard Case Crime imprint. Wealthy, successful New York City business owner Max Fisher finds himself in a delightfully familiar scenario: he wants to get rid of his nagging wife so he can shack up with his sexy secretary, Angela Petrakos. When Angela introduces Max to Dillon, a former IRA hit man, Max thinks he's found his man; what Max doesn't know is that Dillon is already Angela's man and the two plan to double-cross Max as soon as it becomes profitable. Dillon, however, proves to be less a professional than a psychotic: he'd just as soon kill 'for the price of a pint' as he would for Max's wealth. Rolling in on the action is wheelchair-bound Bobby Rosa, an ex-con with a taste for lewd photography, guns and blackmail. As it tends to do, the murderous plot goes awry, sending Bruen and Starr's delicious, despicable characters scrambling for their money and their lives. A seamless blend of Bruen's dead-on Irish underworld and Starr's hellish vision of the Big Apple, Hard Case's latest release is smart, trashy fun, fulfilling ably the series' irresistible promise." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"For those who like the bungling-criminal genre, this is good fun. Those who prefer to empathize won't like it as much. But it's only a diversion for fans of either writer: like an all-star jam, this one isn't quite equal to the sum of its talent." Booklist
"[A] terse, sometimes brutal, often funny caper....This first-time collaboration between Irish hard-boiler Ken Bruen and Brooklyn noirist Jason Starr reads seamlessly and mercilessly. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly
"Two of the century's best thriller writers have joined forces to bring a postmodern twist to the black heart of noir fiction." Rocky Mountain News
"A really black comedy...I pretty much laughed my ass off." Sarah Weinman, author of Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind
"Really good...very violent and very funny." Jenny Davidson, author of Light Reading
"The prose reads like a dream. Fast paced and bursting with energy." Crime Scene Scotland
"If Quentin Tarantino is looking for another movie project, this novel with its mix of shocking violence and black comedy would be the perfect candidate. Highly recommended as a terrific summer read." Library Journal
About the Author
The Galway, Ireland-born author of more than a dozen extremely dark crime novels, Ken Bruen was nominated for nearly every major award in the mystery field (and won the Shamus Award) for his book The Guards
, the first in his series about Jack Taylor and his first book to be published in the United States. In addition to his work as a novelist, Bruen has a Ph.D. in metaphysics and spent 25 years as a teacher in Africa, Japan, Southeast Asia, and South America.
The author of the first original novel ever published in the prestigious Vintage/Black Lizard line (Hard Feelings), Jason Starr has won raves for his work from publications ranging from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly, which compared him to Jim Thompson and James M. Cain. In 2004, he received the Barry Award for his novel Tough Luck, and in 2005 he won the Anthony Award for Twisted City. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Starr now makes his home in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.