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Kill Whitey

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  379 Ratings  ·  30 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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May 05, 2013 Marvin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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Jul 10, 2015 (shan) Littlebookcove rated it it was amazing
This whole book Just blew my mind!

This is like the 3rd book I’ve had the pleasure to read of Brain Keene's and I have to say he’s up there as one of my favourite authors. This tale of his is fast paced and slaps you bang into the story right away. I keep seeing the descriptions by other reviewers saying it's a Crime Noir, but I would say it's a Crime Thriller more than anything. One that keeps you on your toes throughout the book.

All in all an epic tale and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

Jonathan Echevarria
Jul 25, 2015 Jonathan Echevarria rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Horror Crime Noir Fans
Kill Whitey is Brian Keene's spin on a crime noir story with a dash of horror splashed in. If you could imagine the first Terminator movie having a love affair with both a Martin Scorsese film and a Quentin Tarantino flick, the off spring would very much come out looking like Brian Keene's Kill Whitey. Needless to say the book is very entertaining and serves for a quick read, especially since once the action starts it doesn't stop until the story is finished. The story is essentially about a man ...more
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
May 06, 2013 Adam Light rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2009 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 10, 2015 Mehmet rated it liked it
This story was fun from the first word, sort of like a crime novel with a supernatural twist. Shaun Hutson did such a book called Assassin but was a whole different kettle of fish. Brian Keene seemed to emphasis the blue collar working side of his characters, so added a lot of issues of relating to how the world wide recession is degrading the economy and people's life's. Yet at heart this is a love story and the power a woman can have in changing your life. A hefty mix of crime, history and rom ...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.
Jul 21, 2013 Gatorman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 03, 2014 Andria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a terrible book...
Jul 14, 2008 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jordan Anderson
Dec 22, 2011 Jordan Anderson rated it it was amazing
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
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.

Man hat
George Wilhite
Jul 08, 2011 George Wilhite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike Kazmierczak
Mar 07, 2013 Mike Kazmierczak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rob Errera
Sep 13, 2012 Rob Errera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2011 DJMikeG rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2014 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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
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
May 14, 2012 Craig rated it it was ok
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
Mar 26, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 29, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
خالد أمين
oh man that was something else .. brian keene .. I can see inside ur mind brother .. this novel .. no substance .. this a novel from someone who's passionate about a genre and will deliver suspense & gore at a high level .. but is it really no substance? actually no .. I lived what the main character lived literally ! .. when you can relate to a character that way .. when the plot is breathtaking , imaginative and a page turner yet the characters are real life characters and you can relate t ...more
Apr 18, 2008 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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"!
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.
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.
Sep 10, 2014 Justice rated it it was ok
It kind of sucked... Oh well
Shawn Manning
May 08, 2013 Shawn Manning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
David Church
Nov 13, 2013 David Church rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars. Great action guilty pleasure read. Totally enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
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.
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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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