Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Hard Bounce, by Todd Robinson
There is a strongly comedic and graphically violent sub-genre that tends to make me a little uncomfortable. But Robinson works within it really, really well, perhaps because he tells his story with so much heart. The interactions between Boo and Junior and the rest of the damaged former inmates of St. Gabe's are truly funny. Their vigilante approach to justice and retribution is bloody mayhem. They are hired to locate the runaway 'tween daughter of a mayoral candidate, and get enmeshed in a rat's nest of interconnected nastiness.