When last we saw Max Fisher and Angela Petrakos, Max was being arrested by the NYPD for drug trafficking and Angela was fleeing the country in the wake of a brutal murder. Now both are headed for eye-opening encounters with the law Max in the cell blocks of Attica, Angela in a quaint little prison on the Greek island of Le
Slapstick Crime with Bruen & Starr having too much fun with the inside jokes.
Max does jail time in this one ...some of this is almost Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder "Stir Crazy" funny.
Almost but not quite though it's not for a lack of trying by the two authors.
Once again the mega-delusional Max has trouble distinguishing reality from the movie-in-his-head.
Meanwhile, Angela has her own issues placing installments on the dues she owes the karma bank.
The additional zany characters Max and Angela en ...more
If you've read the other two Bruen and Starr books in the Hard Case line, you already know about Angela and her r ...more
I am a bit taken aback at how low my rating was for this book versus the first, but I think it is deserved. The first volume, Bust, was laugh out loud funny. Like the second volume, Slide, the final book was more annoying than funny. The Max, like Slide, also lacked the deeper message of the first volume. In Bust I saw a cautionary tale similar to Fargo - don't invite evil into your life.
By the end of the book I was hoping that som ...more
The authors have a terrific ability to put you in the minds ...more
The story begins with high powered executive Max asking his sexy secretary, the one he was having an affair with, if she knew a hitman he could pay to off his wife. What follows is a tragic comedy that blows up in Max's face. The Slide continues the story but with Max becoming the funniest hip hop middle aged drug dealer in Manhattan and Angela ( the secretary) hooking up with a serial killer in Dublin and returning to finish it out with Max. In the Max, Max is now in maximum security in Attica ...more
Hard Case Crime: Stories in this series are new, rather than the re-released mystery oldies HCC is known for
Bruen & Jason Starr catch us up with Max Fisher, sleazy businessman/lowlife drug dealer and his sometimes girlfriend Angela. No spoilers, but this is one wild, gritty ride, *l*.
I dropped everything the minute this arrived, and am thrilled that Bruen/Starr ended it so that the series could very well continue.
This is NO cozy mystery ... bizarr ...more
Certainly something different and good for a bit of variety. After I started this I discovered that this is book #3 featuring the main two characters, Max and Angela. There's a supporting cast of weirdos and the entire plot is somewhat cartoonish and over the top in nature. Be warned that it's also very violent so not for readers who are just looking for some crime humor. For that I would stick to Donald ...more
Much of the enjoyment of these books comes from watching these two talented crime writers just kick back and goof off together, dropping references to friends of theirs in the crime fiction community, replaying scenes from various other characters' points of vie ...more
Not your cup of tea? We'll it's not everyone's that's for sure. I see the half-naked prison women (on Lesbos - really!) as a pretty good filtering mechanism for readers.
Seriously, this is a book that does not take itself too seriously. It's a great story with wonderful characters who are all so delightfully screwed up that you turn the pages quickly in anticipation of ...more