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- Print Length: 144 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: All Due Respect Books (November 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00POLK05A
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Well ADR is doing the next best thing. First they came out with you don’t exist. As a follow up, we now get Two Bullets Solve Everything which contains a novella by Ryan Sayles and another by Chris Rhatigan. Remember those gritty cop movies from the 1970’s? Ryan Sayles delivers that experience all over again in Disco Rumble Fish. It’s action packed, filled with the gritty cop banter that makes it real, and has a powerful ending you won’t soon forget.
This is followed up by A Pack Of Lies by Chris Rhatigan, a noir experience that runs a deep trawl through the grimy gutter that is one crooked reporter’s life. I started Rhatigan’s last night and had to force myself to put it down to get some sleep. I finished it this morning standing in line for an appointment. I kept volunteering to go to the back of the line. It’s that good.
If you love crime noir fiction and everything ADR is doing, I highly recommend Two Bullets Solve Everything. You won’t be disappointed.
Like a good beer these two stories are heavy, tasty and certainly cold. The first is tale about a young Richard Dean Buckner, the star of Ryan Salyles' excellent novel The Subtle Art of Brutality. Fans of the 'The Subtle Art' (which I am one) will dig this one. Hopefully another full length RDB is on the way. I wouldn't mind seeing the villain from Disco Rumble Fish make another appearance either, perhaps facing off with RDB again.
Chris Rhatigan's contribution, Pack of Lies, covers some standard noir territory, but does so skillfully. If one is a fan of Jim Thompson or Jason Starr, this tale of a morally questionable reporter getting in too deep hits the sweet spot.
Disco Rumble Fish from Ryan Sayles......a cop tale, camaraderie, banter, a tight team, macho brotherhood, disrespect for authority, looking after their own, 70s setting and a far from PC environment, cutting corners and beating up suspects in custody, while everyone else kind of looks the other way.
Fast-paced, humorous, plenty of action, a decent ending - what's not to like?
A Pack of Lies by Chris Rhatigan..... a reporter's tale. Lionel Kaspar and his final demise. From early doors, you feel like you're in Jim Thompson territory and a witness to the slow inexorable decline of a once decent reporter and (maybe decent) man. Kaspar in present day is shaking people down to bury stories and fund his gambling and drinking habits. The regional paper he reports for is in decline as is his career. Another shakedown fails and a hatchet job story follows. He's in the firing line with his newspaper after the intended victim with deep pockets sues the paper. More importantly a story he buried regarding the high school coach and a 13 year old pupil, in return for a monkey a month has just broken. Desperation time for Kaspar, better have another drink and some action on baseball, before covering his tracks.
Doomed and desperate, with a certain inevitability about the outcome. Just my cup of tea.
I'd be hard-pushed to choose a favourite between these two, so I'll call it a tie. Both were concise and to the point, while at the same time offering enough flesh on the bones of our main participants. I wasn't page counting or wishing I was reading something else while reading these. Attention holders for certain.
4.5 from 5
I have more from both these authors on the pile, so I'll hopefully enjoy more from these two in 2018
Read in December, 2017
Published - 2014
Page count - 142
Source - Kindle Unlimited
Format - Kindle
I'm used to Ryan Sayles' Richard Dean Buckner stories to be awesome. DISCO RUMBLE FISH's a little different though and is set during a SWAT raid in the 1970s. We're far from his usual violent detective stories, but this one's action packed and atmospheric and it reminded me a little of an eerie, Americanized spin off THE RAID. It's light on the RDB antics, which I usually love, but it compensates with gunplay and throwback machismo.
The pleasant surprise though was Chris Rhatigan's novella A PACK OF LIES. While the form is very classic, reminiscent of David Goodis' tales of conniving losers, the voice had strength and clarity of purpose that could've carried just about any storyline through. The ending was particularly exquisite, which is something I'm always extremely critics about, in any story.
TWO BULLETS SOLVED EVERYTHING is bite-sized fun for hardboiled/noir fans.