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Slide (Max & Angela #2)

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  394 ratings  ·  46 reviews
WARNING! THIS MAY BE THE MOSTSHOCKINGBOOK YOU EVER READ!

Max Fisher used to run a computer company; Angela Petrakos was his assistant and mistress. But that was last year. Now Max is reinventing himself as a hip-hop crack dealer and Angela’s back in Ireland, hooking up with a would-be record-setter…in the field of serial killing. Will their paths cross again? What do you th
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ebook, 224 pages
Published April 20th 2011 by Hard Case Crime (first published October 2nd 2007)
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Dan Schwent
Max Fisher, the business man from Bust, is back and is a crack dealer. Felicia, a stripper from Bust, is his woman. Meanwhile, Angela is back in Ireland and has hooked up with a psychopath calling himself Slide. Slide's goal in life is to become the next big serial killer. Throw in a cop that's seeking revenge on Fisher for the cop killed in Bust and you have Slide.

Slide, while not as good as Bust, is a pretty good read. It's a little light on Angela but Max is a more interesting character anywa
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Lars
The German title of this book is 'Crack', which is quite unimaginative, as the protagonist of the novel is a crack dealer. On the other hand, the German title hits the essence of this fast read very well, because the book itself makes the impression as if it was written under the influence of drugs. Fast and crazy dialogues and freaked out characters are the main ingredients of this story, not to forget the nasty violence. Although these may be the main components of the Hard Case Crime-series, ...more
Mr. Matt
Slide picks up the story of Max and Angela after the events in Bust. I was somewhat disappointed in the story. The first book had been so much fun and I was looking forward to more of the same. Unfortunately I felt like a kid who had had one too many pieces of candy after Halloween. Whereas the scenarios and situations that the characters found themselves in were laugh out loud funny in Bust, they were kind of annoying in Slide. The characters were just as flawed and still sociopaths, only now I ...more
Thomas
I had fun reading this novel, but i sure wouldn't recommend it. It was worth a few chuckles, and I read it so quickly it felt more like a short story than a novel, but there were too many goofy moments. I'm pretty sure the authors took turns killing each other off in two of the chapters. Cute . . . actually too cute, kind of like when Hard Case crime books were mentioned in the narrative, with the author(s) noting; 'boy, those guys sure know how to sell books using tits on the cover.' I am going ...more
Justinthunderliger
Didn't know this was the sequel to "Bust" until I started reading it. We catch up with the 2 scumbags that made it out of the last dog pile, this time they're hooking up with a new cast of human trash, or getting dirtier themselves. Based on the last book, I thought someone would go down a water slide, or go to a wedding reception to do the electric slide, or maybe solve math problems without a calculator using a slide rule. None such thing, thankfully. The attempts at black humor were a bit clu ...more
David
Even moreso than its predecessor, Bust, Slide succeeds or fails (depending on your point of view) as noir comedy. The novel's third-person narrative is filtered through the minds of half a dozen characters, all of whom are caricatures and only one of whom (police detective Joe Miscali) is not a blathering moron. The idiocy and the jokes (which are often one and the same) come in an unrelenting stream. Though I found Bust a more satisfying novel, especially in its plotting, I cannot deny that Sli ...more
Chris
I almost wanted to give this book two stars just for sheer ridiculousness, but I couldn't bring myself to it. All of the characters are completely inane. The plot is all over the place, and even less coherent than the first novel of the series. One might question why, after reading the first book, I continued on to read the sequel. The only reason is that I bought them both at the same time, and didn't want it to go to waste. In any case, it will never happen again.
Regan Sharp
What it lacks in compelling characters, eloquent prose, or clever plot lines, it makes up for with a relentless onslaught of violence, misogyny, homophobia, hardcore pornography, stereotypical caricatures, cringe-inducing dialogue, absurd scenarios and copious drug use. It's a fast, easy read that doesn't require much from it's audience other than a strong stomach for the obscene. I found it to be the perfect selection for where I read most of it: on the crapper.
Thomas
Wow, there are few Hard Case Crime books that haven't worked for me. This collaboration by Irishman Bruen and American Starr is one of them. It's the second book in a trilogy, but seriously... that had nothing to do with it. I just hated it. There just really aren't words for how much. I decided I would try to say something nice about it, but I have nothing nice to say. Wow. Really amazing. Just...wow.
Andy
Feb 22, 2008 Andy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Irishmen that dig the word "shite"
Shelves: hard-case-crime
Rubbish, absolute rubbish. One of those books where the psycho killer is some cool hipster with a kinky sex scene going on. The best thing about this book was that I managed to sell it to some old dusty bookstore where it shall stay for the rest of its useless years.
David Caldwell
I am only about halway finished with this book but wanted to go ahead and start my review anyway.This is the second book of a trilogy but all of the books seem to be stand alone stories.Usually you can't go wrong with Hard Case books, but this is not the case with this one(and I am guessing the other 2 in the series).

First off if you aren't a fan of vulgar language, do not read this book.Allof the characters are vulgar, both in the way they talk and their actions.In addition to being drains on s
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Jason Seaver
The follow-up to "Bust" is a bit of a different beast - more self-referential and even self-parodying, with the characters even more delusional about their own intelligence than before. Some of the pulpy characters are just outright cartoonish, like the Irish serial killer who gives the book its title, and the storylines take a long time to intersect.

I liked it a bit more than its predecessor - both are grimy little murder stories, but the absurdity of "Slide" makes the nastiness a little easier
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Derek
This second pairing of crime writers Jason Starr and Ken Bruen picks up a year after the events in BUST. It's even more of a lark than the first book. Max is now a drug dealer and his ex-secretary/ex-fiance Angela is now living in Ireland and has hooked up with a nasty serial killer. SLIDE is absurd, hilarious, outrageous, and violent. There's no redeeming social value to it other than it's a ripping good read. Fun stuff for people who like their comedy pitch black-hearted.
Walter
This is the sequel to Bust, which I really enjoyed.

But, it takes the most loathsome character - Max Fisher, self-centred-businessman-turned-drug-dealer - and centres the story around him. There are a few instances where the writers inside jokes (both authors appear as characters along with a reference to the HCC series itself) pulled me right out of the action, and for that reason alone I didn't enjoy it as much. Still decent, but a big step down from Bust.
Steve
This is a wicked little crime novel, with few sympathetic characters (even the sympathetic characters are flaw-ridden). I've praised Bruen to the skies previously; now I am going to have to seek out more fiction by Starr. Plenty of humor, and one of the bit players is even an author who sounds a lot like Bruen. By the end of this book, you are truly ready to see the main characters get their just desserts -- but do they? Read this and find out.
Steve Malley
I don't get it-- on their own, Jason Starr and Ken Bruen write dark, twisted thrillers to scare the crap out of you. But put them together and they write dark, twisted thrillers that will have you laughing out loud. These guys are seriously FUNNY!

(And if you wrinkled your nose at the word 'crap', well... you really don't want to pick up this book.)

I don't get it-- but I sure do love it!
Ian
Pretty standard Bruen. Takes off their earlier Hard Case jointly authored tale of a hapless former accountant.

Good funny stuff - parody really as the guy killed in Ireland must stand in for Bruen himself, and their own books are mentioned. Decadently self-referential stuff.

Perfect for a journey you don't want to be on, have to, and need to be amused from.
Daniel
A vulgar entry in the Hard Case Crime series that disappointed me largely. The previous novel by Bruen and Starr in this series was also rough and vulgar humorous, and more, but it all worked gloriously. Here the worst characters of the series are made headliners and the story is turned so extreme that it becomes farcical and no longer enjoyable.
Adam
Ken Bruen and Jason Starr's first collaboration, BUST, was a trashy and quick read. Like a sleazier Elmore Leonard novel. This is their second book together and it's trashier. It served it's purpose but I can't give it the third star to suggest I actually liked. BUST made me want to read more by Bruen and Starr. Now I feel like I've had my fill.
Electric Funeral
Just like the prequel "BUST" this book is full of fast paced action, hilarious dialogue and a plot that might be quentin tarantinos wet dream. Brutal, relentless and funny in a very dark way. It´s a perfect (post)modern hommage to the genre. Highly recommended for fans of hard boiled crime storys with a sense of (wicked) humour.
Ladiibbug
#2 in series (Bust/Slide/The Max)

Read in 2007

Sleazy businessman turned drug dealer Max Fisher and sometimes girlfriend Angela Petrakos return in a 2nd gritty, hard-boiled mystery in a bizarre seedy world of crime.

I LOVE this series & Ken Bruen. Definitely hard-boiled - not for the faint of heart.
Simonne
I found this even better than Bust. Laughed out loud at times. Think Max is hysterical and suppose I shouldn't like his character but can't help myself. My first experience with these kind of Noir books. Can anyone recommend others that are as dark and funny?? Now reading The Max
Joe Belfeuil
While I liked this book, I think I liked the predecessor, Bust, a little bit more. The characters, while compelling, are much more unlikeable this time around and seem a bit cartoonish. How Max went from being a down and out businessman to a crack dealer is a bit of a stretch.
Urbaer
An OK read, the plot strands seemed more disconnected than in Bust. Didn't really seem to have the same kind of pivotal point in the story, I didn't really care about any character and on the whole didn't really find it all that entertaining.

Bit of a shame really.
Bookwench69
Funny, violent, pulp. I knew it was a sequel to bust, which I hadn't read, but it's easy to follow the story. About 100 pages left, and looking forward to see if everybody's careful planning will come to fruition.
Kenny
Character-driven noir, humorous because of each character's insane self-importance. It kept me turning pages until the end. If you read the first novel, "Bust", this is more of the same. Highly recommended.
Glenj
Its cool seeing the despicable schmuck Max Fisher back, but this book is no where near as good as Bust. A very quick read which is good because if it was any longer it would be really annoying.
Michael Haggerty
good fun although quite violent. Not as moving as Ken Bruen's brilliant series of 5 or 6 novels set in Galway with Jack Taylor: The Guards, the Killing of the Tinkers, The Magdalene Murders....
Michael
First in series, "Bust", was way better - this one felt like it was trying a bit too hard. However, Hard Case Crime books are what they are: pulpy, trashy fun :P
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Ken Bruen, born in Galway in 1951, is the author of The Guards (2001), the highly acclaimed first Jack Taylor novel. He spent twenty-five years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, S.E. Asia and South America. His novel Her Last Call to Louis Mac Niece (1997) is in production for Pilgrim Pictures, his "White Trilogy" has been bought by Channel 4, and The Guards is to be filmed in Ireland by De ...more
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