Bruen's work has a quality of malevolence that I've encountered from no one else.
The structure of the book is interesting; it begins at the end and works its way back to it in two separate narratives.
Each part of the book tells the same story, in first-person, but through the eyes and minds of the two main characters. Nick and Todd have been life-long friends both have become involved with an Irish mobster.
The book tells the story of how each one got involved and, ultimately, out from under the thumb of their boss. The lies, betrayals and violence are impressive.
If you like your crime fiction stone-cold then you should pick up anything with Ken Bruen's name on it. This is my first taste of Coleman's writing and it tied in very well with Bruen's. I'll be adding his books to my watch list.
This book clocked in at 172 pages, at throwback to the paperback era, which makes it a perfect summer read with a fast moving plot.
|Reed Farrel Coleman|