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Gun Monkeys Mass Market Paperback – November 4, 2003
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This is indeed a noir novel of the first ilk. It's a fast, exciting, easy read and holds the reader's interest until the inevitable showdown between Swift and Mercury (his counterpart as Beggar Johnson's head gun monkey).
If you are squeamish about descriptions of bloody violence or about raw language, stay away from this one. Otherwise, it's a really entertaining romp of a pulp novel.
Seems like Charlie's boss goes missing. Seems like other guys in Charlie's crew are getting wasted, as in permanently. Seems like another guy, Beggar Johnson, wants to take over Stan's turf. Charlie manages to miss getting wiped out himself and goes after the guys who killed his compadre Bob. He's got friends--Lou the New Guy and Jimmy the Fix principally. And he's got his wits. Which are pretty sharp judging by the story here.
OK, here's some sacrilege. Gischler claims to have read a lot of John McDonald and been heavily influenced by him, but for my money, he writes better than McDonald who in my opinion a lot of the time is hard to get through--clunky prose that's dated now. But VG's writing is smooth as silk and tough as shoe leather with powder burns.
Charlie owes Stan for "every nickel hidden in [Charlie's] safe deposit box", Charlie doesn't see that he has much of a choice.
So begins "Gun Monkeys", Victor Gischler's instant noir classic from Uglytown Press. Charlie's day starts off bad and gets steadily worse as someone decides to make a move on the aging Stan's territory, a business decision that involves whacking most of Charlie's crew. The only bright spot
in the day is Charlie's budding relationship with Rollo's widow Marcie. The widow Kramer is a tough, foxy redhead with an eye for Charlie and a talent for taxidermy. The latter trait has the fortunate effect of making her less squeamish around dead bodies, which is a good thing, considering.
Charlie's attempts to find out what happened to Stan, even the score, and incidentally take care of his Mom and his kid brother, make for a great read. If you're a fan of the dark humor of "The Sopranos" or the tough talk of Richard Stark's "Parker" books, you'll love "Gun Monkeys."
The opening sentence: "I turned the Chrysler onto the Florida Turnpike with Rollo Kramer's headless body in the trunk, and all the time I'm thinking I should've put some plastic down."
Charlie Swift, gun monkey, speaking.
The tone of the book is summed up in the very first line: "I turned the Chrysler onto the Florida Turnpike with Rollo Kramer's headless body in the trunk, and all the time I'm thinking I should've put some plastic down."
If you believe, like I do, that this line is the perfect way to start a book, then buy Gun Monkeys right now. It's noir on nitrous oxide, and will keep you guessing, and laughing, from page one to the slam-bang finale.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are looking for a fast-paced, hardboiled crime novel that is filled with cover to cover action, you are not going to find anything better than this. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dave Wilde
I turned the Chrysler onto the Florida Turnpike with Rollo Kramer's headless body in the trunk, and all the time I'm thinking I should have put some plastic down. Read morePublished 11 months ago by David M.
A fun read. well done and exciting. one of the new generation of bad-guy writers who manages to still keep you caring about the characters.Published 12 months ago by JM Harvey Author of Dead on the Vine
Victor Gischler is a major talent. The opening sentence of this novel has to rank right up there with Ken Follett's in "The Key to Rebecca" as one of the best ever in a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by jbd
if just a little bit unbelievable, but maybe that's noir. Punching someone right after you take a bullet through the palm, dragging bodies with the same injury, ah noir, tough guys... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tom Hailand
There's a reason this book was nominated for an Edgar Award. I loved the raw nonstop action. Good cops, bad cops, bad guys, good guys, humor, everything I needed to keep turning... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Soren Petrek
It's very entertaining book. I love the surprises along the way. Abso - fxxxing - lutely love this book!Published on July 25, 2014 by SunnyBunny
I never read thrillers, but was assigned this one in class. I was surprised by how much fun it was, the action kept moving and the main character was compelling.Published on January 20, 2014 by Melody Griggs