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The book opens with a quotation from the book of Job, setting the tone for this morality tale where we are cheering on the little guys and rubbing our hands in glee as the big villains get their comeuppance. But ‘A Cup of Pending’ is not just a morality tale, it’s a mad caper, a social commentary and a romance.
The plot is complex, involving numerous characters who are thrown together through a combination of serendipity and the Fickle Finger of Karma. On the side of the Good are two homeless men, Tommy and Cliff, who get their revenge on Number 1 Baddie, loan shark Oliver Crews, by stealing all the money out of his bank accounts and transferring the ill-gotten gains into a charity for the Homeless. (Please don’t ask how–this was way above my head, but it all sounded very persuasive.) Spinning off from this is a subplot involving Oliver’s wife, Heather, and his mistress, Grace, stars of a hit reality TV show produced by Maggie, daughter of Blanche and John who have somehow ended up administering Tommy and Cliff’s newly-established charity. Following so far? Good. Now throw in nasty Oliver’s even nastier clients, a gang of South American drug lords, and dirty cop Captain Rutledge, running a double scam by pretending to catch the drug lords while siphoning off lots of their money for himself.
In spite of the large and varied cast, Jonah Gibson does an excellent job of making each character memorable often through pithy and apposite descriptions that nail their different personalities. The writing in general is admirably smooth and polished, but what is particularly appealing is Gibson’s comic flair for capturing the flavour of a particular scene. Here’s mistress Grace nibbling on Oliver’s ear-‘the one without the Bluetooth earpiece’, or malodorous, homeless Cliff finding himself the subject of opprobrium in a church, and getting rescued by the saintly Grace who raises her eyes heavenwards and ‘so fervent was her gaze Cliff almost believed God must be on the other side of the tiles, hiding in the conduit and duct work, just waiting for the chance to bless a petitioner.’ There are several of these brilliantly evoked set-pieces. The world of reality TV (‘in Maggie’s experience, shallow women tended to judge one another based on their beverage choices as much as on their moral failings’), the scenes with the drug lords (‘running a drug cartel is not all champagne and naked girls like they make it look in the movies. It can be very stressful at times…he might have to sell a submarine…’) and their terrifying hitman the Fang, a closet romance-novel junkie.
Apart from being an absorbing and funny read (there were echoes of Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard), another thing I liked was the character development. This was particularly noticeable in the case of the two main protagonists, Cliff and Heather, who both learn from their experiences and grow into different people.
Highly recommended for those who like their crime thrillers thoroughly shaken and stirred with a twist of crazy and a generous dash of fun.
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