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Kill Whitey

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  285 ratings  ·  26 reviews
In the Russian criminal underworld there is a man named Whitey. He is unstoppable and always gets what he wants. Some say he can't be hurt. Some say he can't be killed.Larry Gidson is about to find out. He is a dock worker on the run with Sondra Belov, a beautiful stripper. Whitey wants Sondra and he will torture and kill to get her. Larry, his friends, and even his cat wi ...more
Trade Paperback, 196 pages
Published 2011 by Deadite Press (first published 2008)
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At first I got a kick out of reading a book by Brian Keene that didn't seem to be a horror novel. Kill Whitey starts and stays for half of the book as a straight forward crime noir tale. The author takes the rather worn plot of "loser falls for stripper with abusive slum-bag pimp boyfriend" and revs it up a notch. Keene has just the right amount of talent and grit to make it work.

But then he throws a curve ball. It's a very imaginative curve ball but a curve ball nonetheless. The novel turns in
Adam Wilson
Kill Bill, excuse me, Killy Whitey is one of the most annoying novels I have ever read. I hardly ever use that word to describe books because I don't think it applies

to hardly any. The only other books that I know I would use the word for are Urban Gothic and Castaways, also by Brian Keene. First off, I enjoyed the story. That part

of Keene, the part that can make a simple idea into a fun, fast-paced novel, is still here in this book. Compared to his novels like Ghoul, Terminal, The Conqueror

Adam Light
Larry Gibson is a blue collar guy, down on his luck, but happy hanging out with his friends and working his job at the loading dock.
Things are going along like they always do when the power goes out one night and Larry and his buds get to go home early. They work over night and the only trouble they can get into is at a local strip club one of the guys frequents.

That's where Larry meets Sondra, a beautiful stripper who looks like she could be a model. Larry falls in love at first sight. BIG mist
Kill Whitey by Brian Keene is the latest in Cemetery Dance's line of trade hardbacks. Deviating from his normal style of supernatural horror, Kill Whitney is a violent shoot-em-up supernatural thriller.

Larry is just your average blue-collar man. He works his job, has a few friends, and loves his cat. His world is turned up-side down when he meets Sondra, a beautiful stripper, who is pregnant and on the run. Whitey, a Russian mob-boss with white hair, is out to kill her. Many men have tried to ki
A terrific little tale from Keene that entertains from start to finish. Whitey turns out to be one hell of a tough dude to kill for reasons that are best left to be discovered by future readers. This story could have gone off the rails with its wild plot but Keene keeps it on track with his insightful writing and constant awareness of just how outrageous the whole thing really is. Highly recommended.
I love Brian Keene. His writing style is comfortable. It's like the guy is sitting across the table telling me a story. Kill Whitey is a nice combination of noir sensibilities and Keene's normal weird storytelling. The plot is a simple chase/revenge story. Our protagonist, Larry, falls in love (or at least lust) with a Russian stripper named Sondra. Sondra is pregnant and Whitey, her Russian mobster boss, wants to abort the baby. At least that is the story Sondra is telling. Things spiral out of ...more
George Wilhite
When I set out to read “Kill Whitey” by horror master Brian Keene I am not sure what I expected. Keene is an expert at creating situations and characters that are on one hand crazy, extreme and on the border of absurd—but at the same time you have to admit—quite believable. “Urban Gothic” is a great example of this.

As I started reading this first person narrative of Larry Gibson describing his obsession with a Russian immigrant and stripper, Sonya, which leads him to agree to kill Whitey, the ba
Jordan Anderson
Brian Keene may very well be one of horror’s best authors. Hell, he may be one of fiction’s best authors, period. Think about it. Somewhere between the 25 books he has written, Keene has resurrected (no pun intended) the zombie genre with “The Rising”, “City of the Dead” and the fantastic “Dead Sea”. He’s taken on giant worms in “The Conqueror Worms” and helped co-author the 2nd and 3rd installment in the “Clickers Trilogy”. And yes, his horror is great, but it’s his thrillers that really make h ...more
For a quick-n-dirty gore/horror read, it doesn't get better than this. Brian Keene returns to the territory of "Terminal", an earlier novel of his in which he explores the world of down-on-their-luck working-class Pennsylvanians. "Terminal" has been hailed by some as Keene's best work, but I've honestly liked everything else I've read by him better. The idea was good--a broke-ass yo-boy with terminal cancer decides that the only way to provide a legacy for his wife and young son is to rob a bank ...more
Mharper Harper
First off, I like Keene a lot. His style is easy to read and his characters remind me of the days when I was younger. By all accounts he is a great guy and not one of the scumbag writers.

That said, this book was a disappointment. It was really two stories merged together. The first was a working class guy turned hero. The narrator is funny, thoughtful, and a type a guy that anyone would like to hang around. He rescues a poor Russian girl from the clutches of the Russian mob and loses everything.
Rob Errera
Brian Keene has been both praised and criticized for writing books that read like the novelizations of yet-to-be-made B-horror movies. Giant bugs, weird aliens, zombies, and action, action, action — a Keene novel is like a raucous night at a ’70s drive-in creature feature. Personally, I like Keene’s style, maybe because I like bad B-horror movies.

Keene has the chops to tackle weightier themes, like the bonds of father/son love in his breakout debut, The Rising, or the desperation of a terminally
Mike Kazmierczak
This book is different from what you think on multiple layers. To start with, the title. No, KILL WHITEY does not refer to what you might think. (It is an awesome title though!) Instead Whitey is a Russian mobster who runs a strip club and several less-than-legitimate business in Pennsylvania. He earned the nickname due to his white hair: face, hair, eyebrows. The reason to kill him is that one of the strippers, Sondra, wants him dead. Why? Because she asked Larry Gibson, the story's main protag ...more
Diese Geschichte ist wie eine Achterbahnfahrt. Langsam geht es los, wenn man noch gemächlich auf den Abfall zufährt. Und dann, schlagartig geht die aufregende und mitreißende Fahrt los. Man wird gepackt vom Nervenkitzel, der Puls schnellt in die Höhe. Dann kommt der Höhepunkt, der letzte große Fall und schließlich ist die Fahrt auch schon vorbei, viel zu kurz war das nervenzerreißende Abenteuer, da fährt man schon wieder, immer noch mit laut schlagendem Herzen, wieder in die Station ein.

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I felt like this was one of Keene's lesser novels. I'm a huge Brian Keene fan, I think he is a great writer, but even great writers' shots land a little off the mark now and again. It isn't like this book is bad, not at all. For the most part it is quite fun and extremely fast moving. It just sort of starts, races ahead for 300 pages and then stops. There are little nuggets of great writing that transcend the blood and guts proceedings, like the descriptions of the industrial wasteland of centra ...more
Cinabru Hoffmann
Este acest scurt şi reuşit roman reimaginarea în cheie „keene-iană” a mitului optzecist pe nume Jason Vorhees, anti-eroul seriei interminabile, inegale şi în egală măsură memorabile Friday 13th (ce a trecut deja la statutul de remake şi nu pare a se opri în curând, aidoma iepuraşului Duracell)? Whitey, temutul mafiot, patron al localului Odessa. Whitey, cu totul alb. Părul, sprâncenele, barba. Şi suficient de întunecat pentru a corespunde canonului eroilor negativi din universul lui Keene. Ar fi ...more
This one just didn't come together for me. I thought the pacing was off, and the characters weren't especially convincing. Keene's blue-collar people are usually spot-on, but I didn't think he hit the mark here. At one point the protagonist, having met the woman he's convinced is his soul-mate, the light of his life, the one person for whom he'd sacrifice everything, is on the run with her from Whitey, the supernatural, homicidal madman who's out to kill her after already killing his friends. Wh ...more
Dwayne Baird
When love at first sight goes horribly wrong. Whitey is the hardest man to kill. An immortal mob boss sets his sights on a love sick fool. Once the action starts it doesn't stop to the end. Great book.
Kill Whitey by Brian Keene is a violent but satisfying read. Larry and his friends Jesse,Daryll, and Yuk(blue collar guys ) work at a packaging plant. They decide to check out The Odessa after Jesse's suggestion.

A strip club run by Russian mobster and general evil thug called Whitey. Larry falls for stripper Sondra , ultimately crossing paths with Whitey a man that is hard to kill.

This is a supernatural action story. My first time reading anything by Mr. Keene, I was left entertained even though
What a terrible book...
This is sort of what the movie "True Romance" would have been like if Jason Vorhees was chasing the two lovers through Central Pennsylvania instead of Christopher Walken chasing them through LA. But that description probably does the novel a disservice. While it certainly wasn't one of my favorite Keene novels, it is a fast-paced, ultra-violent chase through the crumbling industrial wastelands of PA with a sexy Russian stripper thrown in for good measure. A lot of good fun to be had. And you hav ...more
I enjoy Brian Keen more and more with every novel of his I read! Like Terminal, Kill Whitey is a tense crime novel with just a sprinkling of the supernatural. There are also a lot of "easter eggs" Keene fans will recognize from previous novels.

For metalheads, this book references a ton of great metal bands and songs. I'm thinking I ought to put together a "Whitey Playlist"!
This here novel is a fair-to-middlin' early Keene tale that essentially reads like a crime story with Jason Voorhees as the strip club runnin', mobbed-up Russian guy chasing down a stripper pregnant with his kid.
Phil Zimmerman
I hear this is not like most Keene books and I am ok with that. This was a run of the mill villian that cant die story with a healthy dose of stripper sex thrown in.

Fun but utterly mindless.
Shawn Manning
This one was a lot of fun. Mr. Keene does a nice job of giving the reader solid characters and a plot that starts out at full tilt and goes from there.
Mark Brown
I found this a page turning thriller with a supernatural twist. There is something about Keene's writing that hooks me from the get go.
David Church
4.5 Stars. Great action guilty pleasure read. Totally enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
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BRIAN KEENE writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and occasional journalism for money. He is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies. Keene’s novels have be ...more
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