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Buzz Riff: A Novel of Crime
After his successful debut in Buzz Monkey, Top Kiernan is back. Only life in Athens, Georgia has grown more complicated. His former office manager (and ex-lover) has stolen half his clients and set up shop on her own. Top's no longer banking big bucks as an operative for Shaw's Mercantile Marine, which has found his addiction to the adrenaline buzz a dangerous risk. He's s ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 19th 2004 by Carroll & Graf
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It was a toss-up between 4 & 5 rating for Buzz Riff: A 5 because it is riveting to read, but the 4, perhaps because of the implausibility of the Top Kiernan character, even though you're drawn to his exploits the way you might be to those of James Bond. Like Buzz Monkey, the adventure is tightly sculpted with plenty of twists, turns, and deviations in Top Kiernan's exploits. In spite of Top's unbridled approach to confrontation, he is honest and eccentrically honorable in his, albeit often v ...more
Like this more than "Buzz Monkey." Still can't figure out Top's appeal or why people like to quote (or misquote) other people so much. But a Gamecock cap, the outstandingly cool name "Dixiecaust," the Bloody Red Rag and other baffling Confederate relic worship, and our not-so-secretly pervasive right wing Kristian church kommunities all make for a real fun romp. "Violence has your number on speed dial, my friend." Top seems to be able to handle himself, and with a drug smuggler and a renowned (n ...more