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Borrowed Trouble (Ray & Fokoli) (Volume 2) Paperback – April 25, 2014
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About the Authors JB Kohl and Eric Beetner have written four novels together and have still never met in person. Weird, they know it. JB Kohl is the author of The Deputy’s Widow (2008) which Eric read an admired. When she read a short story of Eric’s she decided to pester him until he agreed to collaborate on something. Resistance was futile. And so, One Too Many Blows To The Head and its sequel, Borrowed Trouble were created. JB continues to work on her own novels in addition to working as a physician assistant in the very flattest part of the midwest. Rumors of her belly dancing have not been confirmed. Eric Beetner is author of several novels and novellas as well as over 60 published short stories. His books include The Devil Doesn’t Want Me, The Year I Died Seven Times, Criminal Economics, Dig Two Graves, White Hot Pistol, Blood On Their Hands, Stripper Pole At The End Of The World. He has also written two novellas in the popular Fightcard series of boxing pulps under the name Jack Tunney – Split Decision and A Mouth Full Of Blood. And some of his finest work remains unpublished, waiting to be released on the world. For more visit ericbeetner.blogspot.com JB and Eric’s latest collaboration, Over Their Heads, will be released soon. It is a contemporary crime novel filled with over the top action and violence. Exactly the kind of book Ray Ward and Dean Fokoli would read in a ten cent paperback.
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Not a boxing story like "One Too Many Blows," this story takes place two years later and is in many ways an ode to the pulp detective stories of the forties and fifties where there's always a young girl, missing, and the subject of blue movies. Here, Ray and Fokoli can't resist a young damsel in distress' cries for help and the former boxing manager and former police detective, both at odds with officialdom, hop on the train and head out to Hollywood to rescue the lady from the evildoers.
It is a solid story filled with action of all kinds. There are the blue movies, the grifters, the movie studios, the secret peepshows, the stars on Hollywood Boulevard and two guys out of their element and in over their heads. It is a full-bore, action-packed, rockem, sockem, fight. No question who the good guys and the bad guys are.
The authors do a great job of capturing the spirit of Los Angeles with its endless boulevards of broken dreams and sleazy motels and miserable characters. You can almost hear "LA Woman" playing in the background.
This is simply righteous good stuff. Nuff said.
I actually think this is more of a 4.5 star book, but I rounded up :). There were a couple of little things I thought might have been improved upon, but that's just me. I could elaborate, but it might reveal a little too much, and skewer other readers' reading enjoyment.
The story is excellent. The action is jaw smacking. The characters, grey and very, very bad, are wonderfully (and wickedly) described--the main ones actually being carried over from "Too Many Blows to the Head" (another dinger of a book). And the surprises.... well, you'll see. As one reviewer mentioned, this book probably isn't for the faint of heart.
Hope there's another book coming from these two. And Eric... give us another hitman story (a full novel and nothing less). JB, I'll be checking out your other work.
I enjoyed this story. The characters are interesting and even though they are violent and work outside the law, you are pulling for them against some very despicable trash.
Most sequels are extremely boring and simply try to cash in on the success of the original. It is rare that a sequel can stand on its own merit. Borrowed Trouble is the exception. While it does help you to understand the primary characters and their relationship to each other to have read the first book, it is not necessary. There's sufficient backstory in Borrowed Trouble to enable that story to stand on its own. There isn't too much however, and Borrowed Trouble never lingers too long in the past or drags you into the prior story. It's just enough to familiarize you with the unlikely pairing of these two characters.
I enjoyed Borrowed Trouble very much. I've read other books that had more than one author and there are generally points where you can see where one left off and the other began. Not so with One Too Many Blows... or Borrowed Trouble. The story flows flawlessly throughout both books, and never misses a beat. The characters stay vivid throughout both books and I have to say, I don't know if there are currently any plans to continue to another book, but I would certainly hope there is. All I wanted to do when I finished Borrowed Trouble was to pick up the next. I will anxiously await another sequel and I sincerely hope these authors will provide one.
Evolves around what I guess would be the start of snuff films in 1940's Los Angeles.
But, as said, not as good as the first novel by this couple of Authors