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Holy Rollers Paperback – November 15, 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Grant and Chase Series

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About the Author

Rob Byrnes is the author of four novels, including the 2006 Lambda Literary Award-winning When the Stars Come Out and 2009 Lammy finalist Straight Lies. His short stories have also appeared in several anthologies, including Fool for Love (2009), Saints & Sinners 2010: New Fiction from the Festival (2010), and Men of the Mean Streets (2011).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602825785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602825789
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,573,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Edler on December 24, 2011
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Famous author Rob Byrnes now has a niche all to himself, and that's as writer of classic gay comic crime capers. His first novel in this genre Straight Lies was really amazing. The second Holy Rollers is totally out of this world! The cast of small time gay and lesbian criminals he created in the first novel are back in the sequel with their eyes set on collecting an even bigger prize -- seven million dollars hidden in a "secret" safe. Not just ordinary dollars, but unreported dirty dollars tucked away by a totally sleazy televangelist with severe right-wing anti-homosexual tendencies. Everyone ... both criminals and feds ... know the money is somewhere on the church's sprawling cathedral grounds, they just don't know how to find it.

Byrnes has polished all of the characters to perfection, and has you rooting for or against them during the planning, the trials and the tribulations of the caper. The book is a guaranteed page-turner and toward the end has you wondering why no one has optioned the movie rights of the book, yet.
A highly recommended read that gets my full five stars for both gay and non-gay readers alike. But for some reason though I can't get that Lonely Goatherd song out of my mind.
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Like the best farces, HOLY ROLLERS includes a healthy dose of social commentary and wry observation, but it's also just a fun, witty read. Byrnes brings back most of the characters from STRAIGHT LIES, but shifts the spotlight around a bit to give some of the other secondary characters a chance to shine. I particularly enjoyed seeing some new and unexpected layers in wheel-man Farraday, and found self-involved pretty boy Jared Parcells quite lovable this time around. I also enjoyed the changes in the other characters brought about by their extended stay in the wealthy suburbs of Virginia, and their interactions with the neighbors.

One question: Why hasn't anyone made a TV series using these characters yet?
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Ever since I first picked up THE NIGHT WE MET by Rob Byrnes - more years ago than I care to admit - I've known I was about to make a complete fool of myself in public. THE NIGHT WE MET got me thrown out of a pizza joint for laughing too often (and too loud), and thus began my love affair with all books Byrnes.

HOLY ROLLERS is the second book to feature Grant Lambert and Chase LaMarca - partners in crime and life both - con men who come up with foolproof and simple plans to score big, and then start to bump into bigger and better fools. In the first book, STRAIGHT LIES, they decided to blackmail a "brave" gay actor who - it turned out - was actually straight. In HOLY ROLLERS, their target is a crooked - and incredibly wealthy - right-wing mega-church. 7 million dollars in a barely guarded safe? Easy money.

Except, of course, when the caper starts the stumbling blocks start to line themselves up. Soon our con men - and the crew they pull together to make the job work - come across one hitch after another. If it's not an ex-gay conference, it's the suburban homeowners association. But not even a "cleverly" re-written even-more-religious version of "The Sound of Music" is going to stop this gang from making a play for the money.

For fans of this series - and for those who've read and loved all of the Byrnes books - there are cameos aplenty that bring a sense of extra reward for the long-time fan. For those who haven't tried Byrnes before, though I'd suggest you try STRAIGHT LIES first because I'm the sort to read everything in order, you could easily jump in here with HOLY ROLLERS and not be at all lost.

It's fun. It's funny. It's a crime caper as worthy as Westlake or Ocean's 11. Just remember: if you're reading in public, prepare to feel foolish when you burst out laughing. Maybe order the pizza in.
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Grant Lambert and Chase LaMarca - life partners who are also partners in crime (literally) - are back, this time to help a gay man who was arbitrarily fired by a mega-church in Virginia. With the help of the former employee, as well as their usual cast of fellow con-artists (whom readers may recognize from Byrnes' earlier "Straight Lies"), they infiltrate the church, posing as dedicated right-wing Christian heterosexuals. They uncover political bribes, a rather cheesy "ex-gay" program, and hope their payoff will be a secret safe with seven million dollars in unreported contributions. Needless to say, with the "Gang Who Can't Do Anything Straight" in charge, things do not go smoothly!

Byrnes presents a well-written, very amusing and reasonably credible story of right-wing hypocrisy and greed posing as religion, featuring a diverse slate of fully developed characters. I especially loved the hysterical side story of the gang dealing with the pretentious head of the homeowners' association, in the upper middle-class area in which they lived while working the job. Just the thing for a light holiday read! Five stars out of five.

- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
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I thought long and hard before assigning such high ratings, especially this early, but in the end I believe this is an exceptionally fine book. At the outset, the writing style and characters felt reminiscent of Ross Thomas and his Voodoo, Ltd. books (admittedly favorites of mine) - being rather sly and witty in setting up its anti-heroes, their colleagues and their caper. However, as the story progressed, it became clear to me that the author has an original voice and a deft hand with humor and, in some cases, outright farce (complete with bedroom scene).
Character development and dialogue were both funny and engaging, with even minor characters, like Leonard who gets the plot moving, drawn well enough to get a good sense of his or her personality. I particularly enjoyed the FBI agents and their rather sly take both on life as agents and Grant 's gang who unwittingly assists their case. I downgraded one point here, due to the fact that, although we are told that the protagonists have been together for 17 years, in the first half of the book there are really no tells, no casual signs of affection for example, to demonstrate their relationship as lovers, even well-established ones. I might as well have been reading about Thomas' business partners Wu and Durant, rather than this gay couple. This does change somewhat in the second half of the book - the odd kiss or subtle affectionate ribbing - but I would have liked to have seem some consistency throughout the book to better establish their relationship.
The plot was extremely well-developed with all suspects, including the mega-church's pet Congressmen who seem at first to appear very marginal to the story, having believable and necessary motivations.
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