- File Size: 3002 KB
- Print Length: 66 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 17, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NAUNNHH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,771,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Hole Lotta Shakin': The Tony Mandolin Mysteries: Short Story # 2 Kindle Edition
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Tony possess the right amount of snark and sass to navigate the mean streets of Frisco, and if he goes down, you know he won’t leave without a witty retort or comeback, apropos of any character so well-endowed with, er… charm.
In Hole Lotta Shakin, Tony finds himself stirred into action, chasing down the lead of a would-be extortion-er, until he and his buddy, Frank, find themselves ripped into the past. Shaken, Tony and Frank must find a way back, all while solving the case that has rattled the timeline, bumping into bigwigs and colliding with characters he’s had a past with.
Full disclosure, my name, if not my persona, is a character in the book. That factors into any review I leave, no matter how partial I claim to be. But the fact that my character is also well-off, hobnobbing with historical figures and the like, makes it in no way likely that I’ll rate the story higher, particularly if my character is revived through progeny (you hear that, Mr. Lee Beers?).
With that said, I found the story highly entertaining to read. While there are issues with style over structure, red-herrings, and scenes set mostly for the sake of themselves, I get the feeling that Tony’s case and journey back home is less about solid story structure and more of a rollickin’ roller-coaster of a thrill-ride, one that will leave you quaking for more. 4 and a half stars, rounded to 5.
This book is a perfect and economical to get a taste of this author and his main character. Tony Mandolin is a hard-bitten P.I. from the brim of his fedora to the hem of his trench coat and above and below. His sidekick is built like a brick outhouse and black.
That’s the usual bit out of the way. Everything else is unusual except for the feel of the book which is Philip Marlow with a twist which would easily break the cap on a bottle of bourbon. Yes, he is a detective but not with the usual sort of clients and not the ordinary sort of crimes.
This book is short punchy and takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of pre-quake San Francisco with a list of historical and hysterical characters. The guys are hardnosed and hard drinking and the dames are sassy and give no quarter. So hang on tight to the tram car for the literary ride of your life.
What’s the best bit? This is the first of a series so many more to read
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