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Don't Be Cruel by Mike Argento
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Jul 14, 12

really liked it
Read in January, 2012

My old friend Mike has written a novel. You should buy a copy. Or steal a copy, I think would be more in the spirit of the thing. Stealing it might cost Mike a bit of money but I think he'd appreciate the gesture, somehow. As the back cover says it, "A law-student stripper, two inept hit men, the First Church of Elvis, Scientist and a small-time mobster's biggest scam. Things are about to get all shook up." It's a book only my friend Mike could write. Hell, it's a book only my friend Mike would write. The man's shameless. I mean this as a compliment. After you buy it, or steal it, whatever, sit down with a cold one and read the thing. Give thanks that it's fiction, and then let yourself be reminded -- in this mad world that has us so stressed the hell out that we've damned near forgotten how to relax -- of the wonders of losing yourself to a good corker of a story. This is a good corker of a story. Shit blows up. There is much cursing and gun play. But it's got heart, still and all. Damn, Mike. Nicely done.

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