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Holy Rollers Paperback – November 15, 2011
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HOLY ROLLERS is the second book to feature Grant Lambert and Chase LaMarca - partners in crime and life both - con men who come up with foolproof and simple plans to score big, and then start to bump into bigger and better fools. In the first book, STRAIGHT LIES, they decided to blackmail a "brave" gay actor who - it turned out - was actually straight. In HOLY ROLLERS, their target is a crooked - and incredibly wealthy - right-wing mega-church. 7 million dollars in a barely guarded safe? Easy money.
Except, of course, when the caper starts the stumbling blocks start to line themselves up. Soon our con men - and the crew they pull together to make the job work - come across one hitch after another. If it's not an ex-gay conference, it's the suburban homeowners association. But not even a "cleverly" re-written even-more-religious version of "The Sound of Music" is going to stop this gang from making a play for the money.
For fans of this series - and for those who've read and loved all of the Byrnes books - there are cameos aplenty that bring a sense of extra reward for the long-time fan. For those who haven't tried Byrnes before, though I'd suggest you try STRAIGHT LIES first because I'm the sort to read everything in order, you could easily jump in here with HOLY ROLLERS and not be at all lost.
It's fun. It's funny. It's a crime caper as worthy as Westlake or Ocean's 11. Just remember: if you're reading in public, prepare to feel foolish when you burst out laughing. Maybe order the pizza in.
Byrnes has polished all of the characters to perfection, and has you rooting for or against them during the planning, the trials and the tribulations of the caper. The book is a guaranteed page-turner and toward the end has you wondering why no one has optioned the movie rights of the book, yet.
A highly recommended read that gets my full five stars for both gay and non-gay readers alike. But for some reason though I can't get that Lonely Goatherd song out of my mind.
Byrnes presents a well-written, very amusing and reasonably credible story of right-wing hypocrisy and greed posing as religion, featuring a diverse slate of fully developed characters. I especially loved the hysterical side story of the gang dealing with the pretentious head of the homeowners' association, in the upper middle-class area in which they lived while working the job. Just the thing for a light holiday read! Five stars out of five.
- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
One question: Why hasn't anyone made a TV series using these characters yet?
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I thought long and hard before assigning such high ratings, especially this early, but in the end I believe this is an exceptionally fine book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elisa
The premise was good — I'm always up for a good romp through Holy Roller theology, and this book had a couple of high points, but much of the action seemed really silly to me. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Le Grincheux
Couldn't finish reading this all the way to the end. It was a bit predictable and contained too much adolescent humor for me. Not one of Mr. Byrnes better books in my opinion.Published on June 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
A hard to put down caper with the funniest thieves in the country. A big gay comeuppance was had by all.Published on June 9, 2013 by Chandler Adams