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This review is from: Swag Town (Paperback)
Okay, so I like awful, cheeseball things, and boy this book is it. (I actually found one of the sequels to this.)
It takes place in a crappy future. Think Tango and Cash, Robocop, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. And Swag is just this guy. Kind of a jerk really, which is why in my head the movie stars Bruce Cambell, not the dude on the cover.
Swag is this guy who isn't really a private investigator and isn't really a bodyguard. He's just this odd job guy who does whatever to make money. He used to be a cop, and the story of how he got the nickname Swag is also the story of why he isn't a cop anymore. He wears Hawaiian shirts and sucks at life.
The story starts when a client is gunned down. The first client we meet, and apparently Swag is not just a bodyguard on occasion but a really awful one. The rest of the book is Swag trying to figure out why she was killed, why some other people start getting killed, and an overcomplicated conspiracy is revealed.
It is a little slow going, but once you get into it. It's every bad 80's action movie set in the far off future year of 1994. It's a little stupid and the violence is gratuitous, but that's what makes it great. There are some genuinely funny moments (Swag going off on some bank teller over his current Hawaiian shirt is especially great) that the author intended to be funny. The rest is funny in that over-the-top way that makes me long for the days of Total Recall. (This is not such a distant future that we've colonized Mars, I regret to inform you.)
So, if Paul Verhoven is reading this, please make a movie based on this book. Starring Bruce Cambell. It could be magic.