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"Gangster is one hell of a book. Not only is it set in one of my favorite time periods (1920s), but it's just so dark and gritty and clever...The dialogue is smart and thought-provoking while also being fun, if your sense of humor is more than a little sardonic that is. (Guilty!)" - Black Sun Reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: 1889 Labs Ltd (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926959183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926959184
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

More About the Author

M Jones has been published in many venues, both online and in print, and made her first foray into the experimental medium of web serials with 314 Crescent Manor.

The fidgety dead have been known to rise and walk about, especially in M Jones's novel Frankie And Formaldehyde, available at Smashwords.

Experimental horror that blends science fiction, suspense, drama and a good scare are the tools of M Jones's trade.

That sound heard in the upper floors of a semi-detached home are the scrapings of poisoned knife tips on an old Olympia typewriter. The letters hit the blank page like clacking teeth.

Never read over her shoulder.


"A great story premise, a great cast of quirky characters, and fantastic dialogue." - Zoe E Whitten, author of Peter the Wolf

"A fantastic, fun, and philosophical read." - Nancy Brauer, author of Strange Little Band

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerry D. Dougherty on September 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
A good story from the start, I like the fact that there was action from the start of the book, and just kept going. Kept you reading wondering what would happen next with our favorite alien.
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By Masquerade Crew on September 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition

`Gangster' is a road trip from Chicago to California, from a speakeasy in a basement to a party on a beach, from one dead body to the next at the tip of Clara's switchblade.

1926. 20-year-old Clara dreams of fame and success as a film star. Frankie, an alien sent to Earth for a mission, drinks motor oil like humans drink alcohol. Clara is rather psychotic and very experienced with a switchblade, while Frankie, almost a wimp, has a target to execute and will not willingly kill, despite his need to renew his body host.

They are unlikely travel companions and symbiotic at the same time. Frankie needs Clara because she claims to know where his target is, and she won't hesitate to kill and provide a new body host to his jelly form. Clara needs Frankie maybe because, stifled with principles, he is a passive witness to her actions, like a punter watching a film on a screen.

`Gangster' is a captivating tale that will make you miss the bus you are waiting for, if you let its words insinuate and unwind and twist and foxtrot through your mind at the bus stop. M. Jones's style could be described with the same words one of her characters uses to describe Clara. It is "like that motor oil, slick and black as death and just as smooth when it goes down."

Disclaimer: This book was provided free of charge by either the author or publisher. There was no financial gain in regards to this review, and the opinions presented above were not artificially influenced in any way.
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