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Dig Two Graves by Eric Beetner
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really liked it
bookshelves: crime-mystery-thriller, cool-titles, noir-contemporary, novellas, author-beetner

Goddammit. I'd hoped to get this over with in one bullet. At this rate, I'd empty the clip before morning.
When gangster and bank robber Val gets arrested after a perfectly executed heist, he finds out the hard way that you can't trust anyone these days! He discovers that he's been ratted out by the one person who he expects to be trustworthy: Ernesto, his prison-bitch when he was inside; the one he has started to catch a few feelings for. Val escapes from police custody and stalks the city on a manhunt to track down the snitching bastard and get his vengeance.

Starting off strong with a great title that's both deceivingly simple and completely illustrative, this revenge story stays strong to the end. The book is fast-paced, violent, and many times laugh-out-loud funny. Author Eric Beetner maintains a great balance between the dark noir tones and the humor and creates an engaging voice in the narrator Val, a man who seems to be desperate to maintain his reputation for having a cool and collected demeanor throughout the whole thing but whose composure starts to strain as the odds and betrayals stack against him. This is the first book I've read by rising pulp noir star Beetner and I quickly scooped up some of his other awesomely-titled work to check out soon!
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Reading Progress

September 6, 2015 – Shelved
September 6, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
September 6, 2015 – Shelved as: crime-mystery-thriller
September 6, 2015 – Shelved as: cool-titles
September 6, 2015 – Shelved as: noir-contemporary
September 6, 2015 – Shelved as: novellas
February 7, 2016 – Started Reading
February 10, 2016 – Finished Reading
March 23, 2016 – Shelved as: author-beetner

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