Thursday, November 23, 2017

Review: Crow Bait

Crow Bait Crow Bait by Robert J. Randisi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Randisi is a throwback to the pulp writers of old - having published over 500 novels with more than 400 of them in the Gunsmith Western series. He knows how to write entertaining books and this is no exception. The short novel opens with the protagonist beaten and left to die in the desert, saved only by finding a dilapidated horse that he names "Crow Bait". What follows is essentially a revenge novel, with several interesting characters and some unexpected situations. A quick and entertaining read.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Review: Let Me Kill You, Sweetheart!

Let Me Kill You, Sweetheart! Let Me Kill You, Sweetheart! by Fletcher Flora
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Flora’s well written and elegant prose is marred by a unusual plot device that is based on the coincidence that one of three men may have impregnated and murdered a young woman, all be intimately involved with the town rich girl, and all hang around at the same bar with the main character in the book, an oddball train nerd named Pervy Stubbs. All three of the suspects seem somewhat interchangeable, or maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention, so after the big reveal at the end I had to page back to refresh myself on the significance of the character. Well written, but flawed, it could have been a great book - 3.5 stars.

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