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Gutshot Straight by Lou Berney

Adhering to every standard necessary to be a “summer read,” the book follows ex-con Charles “Shake” Bouchon on his final job. Only, because he’s really a nice guy at heart, he double crosses his boss and also infuriates another similar underworld figure, meaning the rest of the book is Shake’s attempt to escape from both. And his own past. Ooooh, deep.
Not really, of course. The few attempts at serious insight are laughable. Little, if anything, resembles reality. The characters are ridiculous stereotypes. Even the descriptions of the various locations only reveal that the author has never been there. So don’t come here for literature. But this ain’t that kind of book. It’s an entertaining adventure story. At that, it succeeds.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2012 in Fiction

 

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