Smoke Dugan, one-time bomb-maker for the mob, is on the run. It's not easy to keep a low profile when you've got your girlfriend (Lola), her best friend (Pamela) and a retired professional assassin (Cruz) with you; and if you're carrying $2.5 million in cash, you can be sure the people the money belongs to won't let the trail go cold. The tiny Caribbean island of Saint Mark's seems a safe bet, but that's reckoning without the unexpected presence of ex-Navy Seal Stone, an old enemy of Cruz. Stone has heard of the massive finder's fee placed on Cruz's head by Big Vito back in New York, so he's very motivated. Soon the rest of the mob is on the way and the scene is set for a game of cat and mouse amid the palm trees and on the high seas.
Well, that’s what the blurb says, anyway. It also says that author Patrick Quinlan is a writer who weaves together elements of Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Get Shorty. He is certainly a writer who is doing his damndest to be as cool as Elmore Leonard used to be (some say still is). There’s a lot to commend in his writing, that’s for sure. But I wasn’t entirely won over by his latest offering. But the book does have humour, some exciting set-pieces and a good deal of stylish violence. If you want a book to take away on your holidays and read by the pool with a Mai Tai or two, then this book is as good as any.
You can read my full review on The Bookbag website.
Saturday, 26 July 2008
Monday, 21 July 2008
To the Lord Nelson Hotel this evening for the launch of Bettine Manktelow’s collection of short stories, Mostly About Men. Bettine is a founder member of Deal Writers (in fact, the whole thing was her idea!). It was therefore disappointing to see so few members of the group there. Despite that, there was a good turnout, especially among local thespians (Bettine is a renowned playwright). Copies of Bettine’s collection, priced at £4.99 (paperback) are available from all three bookshops in Deal, or can be ordered through the Guilton Press website.