- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins; Reprint edition
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061766348
- ISBN-13: 978-0061766343
- ASIN: B006G85TXI
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 149 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shake leaves prison and takes the bus to Los Angeles where he is met by Lexy, his ex-lover, boss of the Armenian mob. She has an errand for him which will earn him a cool $20, 000. All he has to do is drive a car to Vegas and fly back with a brief case.
Shake makes it to the Vegas city limits when he hears thumping and thinks he has a flat tire. But when he opens the trunk he finds a woman gagged and trussed up. He checks into a motel and let's her loose to clean up. Gina cons him with a story that she is a Mormon house wife, drugs him, cuffs him to the plumbing and runs off with the briefcase that he was supposed to deliver to Lexy.
Now the story takes off like wildfire. Not only must he chase after the girl but now he has Jasper the giant enforcer for Moby the whale after him. Did I forget to Mention Dirkan, the bald Ukranian assassin, Lexy's mean man who is in the mix?
The characters are so well described that each one is a story on their own. Gina, the beautiful but devious stripper, Moby the Whale, a fat, heartless mobster, Jasper, the Whale's gentle giant enforcer, Dirkan (see above), Lexy, Shake's ex-lover and.Armenian mob boss.
They are all after a brief case that contains rare religious relics estimated value of $6 to $8 million, The chase goes from Vegas to Panama with so many twists and turns until it ends in in a carousel of armed players pointing guns at each other.
This was a very entertaining yarn. Good way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Reviewed by Roger Shepherd
The book is a bit of a genre novel, but I'm not exactly sure just what genre. I see the comparisons to Hiaasen and Leonard, and that's fair enough. Problem is, Hiaasen is great when he's good, but darned inconsistant. Leonard, well frankly I've always found Leonard to be very overrated--simply making all of your characters flawed does not make a great novel.
The author here manages to avoid cliches and kept me guessing. There was a lot of humor and the two main characters remained a match for each other which in and by itself was cool to read.It's a caper, a getaway, a romance,misdirection, action and humor. The reason that I'm writing this review is that I came back to check if he'd written anything else. Alas, no, and not likely too either. The author is a highly successful screenwriter which I understand is easy money if you have the knack. He wrote this during the strike to make the payments on his Porsche or whatever. Even if this is the only one, the book is still very worth reading.
GUTSHOT is a goofy, fast-paced novel that has no other purpose but to entertain. The characters are outlandish, the scheming is not particularly believable, and the language is foul and not for the squeamish. That said, this story rises above others of the same ilk by being witty, unpredictable, and totally captivating. You should check to make sure you're still breathing if you fail to laugh out loud at the escapades of the goofballs that form the nucleus of Berney's story.
A good guy who can't seem to do anything that's legal, Shake Bouchon gets out of prison with the intent of finding something worthwhile to do with his life. But, true to form, he slips back into his old ways of getting involved with real bad guys and gals by doing everything he can to aggravate them and take their ill-gotten profits. He shrugs off pain and suffering in the hopes of raising enough money to open his own restaurant. To make that happen he gets involved with ancient foreskins, bad-tempered murderers, deceitful women, and locales where crime and punishment run hand in hand with steamy weather and grimy existence. He enjoys the lure of luxury when he can find it, which is seldom.
Berney races the reader through this maze of confusing double-dealing with skill and humor. Be prepared for a wild ride. His website will give you a peek at his personal background and some idea of how he obtained the quirky and bizarre outlook he portrays in his writing. As I say, if you don't enjoy his books, check your pulse.
Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
If he continues to develop some depth (as he did in the third book...Long Ago And Faraway, he could become a good writer.