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Elias McCabe is having one hell of a night: He gets kidnapped at gunpoint by a professional hit man and is forced to shoot blackmail photos of a prominent politician. Things go wrong with the shoot... very wrong. When the night is over, Elias is scared to death ... and ten thousand dollars richer. If he keeps his mouth shut. But he doesn't -- and now the hit man has target...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Paul Pessolano
“Upgunned” By David J. Schow, published by Thomas Dunne Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

Elias McCabe is a photographer that keeps himself afloat by delving into the world of pornography. One night he is asked to take pictures of a politician that would put him in a very compromising position. Trouble is, the politician dies and the pictures are still taken even thought he is dead. Elias is paid a substantial amount of money if he just keeps his mouth shut, he can’t and he doesn’t.

Chambers, who...more
This one is so much out of the Warren Ellis playbook that I'm surprised it doesn't have a blurb from him
on the cover. It is a straightforward thriller, peppered with [highly implausible] anecdotes about a host of the messed up things humanity
has to offer. Tell me that doesn't sound like Crooked Little Vein.

Fortunatly, I liked Crooked Little Vein quite a lot, and I liked this one too.

It starts as a straightforward, if hard-edged, thriller: a cynical photographer, narrating in the first person...more
It's a duel of wills between a fashion photographer and a deadly assassin that's an electric ride from start to finish. And along the way, the reader is treated to a wealth of information about photography, weapons, film-making, and the 'shadow world' of hired killers.
Elite LA fashion photographer, Elias McCabe, is kidnapped by a hit-team and forced to photograph an influential SWAT team leader in compromising sexual situations. Yet when the man accidentally dies, they finish the lurid smear cam...more
Elias McCabe is a pro photographer. He gets forced by a hitman to take some blackmail pics of a politician. Unfortunately the politician ends up dead! If Elias keeps his mouth shut he gets to go free, with ten grand! But he doesn't and now it's payback... Another great read, hot on the heels of INTERNECINE, by former splatterpunk, Dave Schow. The new king of hard case crime.
I dont really like ultraviolent thrillers, except when I do. This one got blurbed by people I like, and sounded interesting, so I thought I might enjoy it. But alas I didn't. I think it did what it did solidly, but not remarkably.
YO more neologisms than Dos Passos. Smart and surprising. Believe the gun-porn hype, but don't confuse it for brainlessness.
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David J. Schow is an American author of horror novels, short stories, and screenplays, associated with the "splatterpunk" movement of the late '80s and early '90s. Most recently he has moved into the crime genre.
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