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Slide (Max & Angela #2)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  557 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
In a hilarious sequel to Bust, fugitive Angela Petrakos hooks up with a serial killer in Ireland, while failed New York businessman Max Fisher finds a new calling as a crack dealer. But will their paths cross again? Original.
Mass Market Paperback, 222 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Hard Crime Case
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Dan Schwent
Apr 14, 2009 Dan Schwent rated it liked it
Shelves: hardcase, cool-covers
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
Sep 09, 2016 Still rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Ken Bruen, Jason Starr, Donald Westlake and Dan Marlowe

I'm telling you - these two characters, Max & Angela have got to be the two luckiest criminals in crime-lit history.
Max has to be the stupidest criminal in crime-lit history while Angela has to have the worst taste in men in crime-lit history.

These books are really in the black-humor category but "Slide" is the most violent in the series I've read so far.

I'm rating this 4 stars because I'm too ashamed for liking it so much to give it 5 stars.

Highly recommended fun-read.
Mar 05, 2009 Thomas rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-fiction
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
Nov 30, 2012 Lars rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
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
Oct 18, 2013 Mr. Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: pulp-fiction, 2013
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
Dec 12, 2007 Justinthunderliger rated it liked it
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
Nov 30, 2008 David rated it liked it
Shelves: noirboiled
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
Aug 30, 2012 Chris rated it did not like it
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.
Aug 03, 2009 Thomas rated it did not like it
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.
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.
Jun 24, 2013 Simonne rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 22, 2008 Andy rated it did not like it
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.
Nicole Korzonnek
May 07, 2016 Nicole Korzonnek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Hart, schnell, schmutzig. Und zutiefst verdorben. So geht Pulp. Ein herrlich überspitztes Lesevergnügen.
May 18, 2017 Dave rated it it was amazing
Written with incredible comedic angst, this story is a lunatic ride through the streets of Brooklyn. It helps to have read the first book so you really have a feel for how these two sorry humans began, but you could also read this book by itself.

A year has gone by since internet tycoon Max asked his busty secretary Angela to find him a hit man to off his wife. Of course, Max never planned on hiring a psychopathic hit man and didn't realize that Angela was also banging this hitman.
Now, not only
Nov 23, 2016 Roger rated it really liked it
Angela Petrakos and Max Fisher are cancer. Self centered, deluded, morally bankrupt...Slide is part of the continuing saga of the destruction of all those around them. The only way this book is bearable is that it is written as the blackest of comedies. Ken Bruen and Jason Starr are at play here and having a grand time-they even write themselves into the novel, and promptly kill themselves off. I do not think you have to read this series in order (the first book is called Bust) to enjoy them. I ...more
Jordan McPeek
Jun 24, 2017 Jordan McPeek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Psychos can be funny. Sure, why not? Not huge on plot for a crime novel but it's so much fun watching them, Max especially, pinball around spouting hilarious rapid-fire psycho logic. Short fast read, brutal in parts. As with many comic novels, I highly recommend the audiobook version. The dialogue gets so much funnier when it's delivered by a trained performer who nails the accents, the emotion, and the comic timing. Reminds me of Tim Dorsey's Serge Storms books, although a bit more hardboiled a ...more
David Caldwell
Feb 25, 2013 David Caldwell rated it did not like it
Shelves: series, trash
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
Jun 14, 2015 Adam rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
I really enjoyed Slide, but it took me about 50 pages for the book to grow on me.

At first the humor in the book felt forced and trite. Slide felt like a cheap knockoff of Tim Dorsey's Serge A. Storm novels. The farther into the book I read, the funnier it got though. By 75 pages in, Slide had reached it stride and I devoured it from that point on.

Slide is very much character driven and the best characters in the book, for me, were Max and Kyle. From their meeting to their eventual separation,
Jun 02, 2016 Pj rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
After one (Pimp - admittedly read out of order) that I didn't much care for, but found interesting enough to read more and another (Bust) which I actually enjoyed, comes Slide. I did not care much for it. I didn't feel the pull to keep reading to see what would happen in the same way I did when I read Bust. Here, I think I kept reading because I'd made it far enough that I might as well finish the thing. Also, unlike Bust or Pimp, I don't feel any compulsion to continue on with the adventures of ...more
Jason Seaver
Nov 10, 2009 Jason Seaver rated it really liked it
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
A.B. Patterson
Dec 20, 2016 A.B. Patterson rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful noir romp with Bruen and Starr! Loved the read, and again felt that Bruen and Starr conjoined in the story pretty seamlessly. The Irish-American mixture of narrative and characters works very well, and the story races forwards at a great pace. And, believe me, there are laugh out loud lines in there - I know!
I've already bought the follow-on, and looking forward to getting into it.
Feb 09, 2012 Derek rated it liked it
Shelves: my-2012-reading
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.
Jan 13, 2008 Steve rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
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.
Sep 28, 2008 Ladiibbug rated it it was amazing
#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.
May 04, 2008 Adam rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008readingyear
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.
Nov 09, 2008 Ian rated it liked it
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.
Reg Mars
Sep 08, 2014 Reg Mars marked it as dnf
Shelves: own
Well first off when I started reading this I had no idea it was part of a series. The author pretty much tells you what happened so I didn't feel lost. I just really couldn't get into it. I don't care about the characters or care about whats going on with their lives.Maybe that's because I didn't read the first one but just very uninterested in this book. Kinda bummed I wasted my money on it.
Steve Malley
Jan 11, 2011 Steve Malley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: noir, mystery
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!
Feb 16, 2010 Electric rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010, crime
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. Its a perfect (post)modern hommage to the genre. Highly recommended for fans of hard boiled crime storys with a sense of (wicked) humour. ...more
May 31, 2013 Daniel rated it did not like it
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.
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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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