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My point, I read a lot of books, books written by brilliant Authors. Yet by the time I had made it to the end of the first chapter of the first Jeff Strand book I read, I was already in love. It IS intelligent, it takes a lot of talent to make a ridiculously hilarious horror story and he does it incredibly well. I wish I could find more like him...and it appears I just have.
Strand and Konrath seem to work together exceptionally well and I would love to see future collaborations between them. The only reason I don't speak as highly of Konrath is simply because I haven't really read anything of his until now. Unless Strand can make something new appear on my Kindle in the next five minutes, I'll be getting acquainted with the works of Konrath tonight.
I liked each story but I must admit that the Harry McGlade character is my favorite. McGlade is an obnoxious supporting character in Konrath's Jack Daniel's series who gives Jack constant grief but who also routinely comes through for her when the chips are down. The Jack Daniel's series begins with:
Whiskey Sour (A Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mystery). I recommend reading the Jack Daniel's books in order though each book can stand alone on its own well enough.
I was first introduced to Andrew Mayhem a few years ago when I read Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary) and Casket For Sale (Only Used Once), An Andrew Mayhem Thrillerby Jeff Strand. These books are available now in Kindle format, also. It just doesn't get any better than that.
The partnership of Harry McGlade and Andrew Mayhem in Suckers worked really well for me - sometimes laugh out loud funny. This is relaxing, no-brain entertainment at it's best.
The book is really well-done and very funny. There's a fair amount of profanity and four-letter words-- but for those that read horror novels on a regular basis then I doubt this will be a major issue.
Some of the stories, like "Taken to the Cleaners" are really great pulp fiction-- the hilarious story and fate of the Chicken King made me laugh out loud.
Really entertaining and fun.
In addition to Suckers, there are a handful of short stories from both authors. These are quite enjoyable, too. I especially enjoyed Konrath's "The Necro File". McGlade's character is so over the top and an absolute joy to read.
What impresses me the most about this collection of stories is the fact that both Konrath and Strand are so versatile. My first experience of Konrath's writing was the dark, horrifying Afraid (by Jack Kilborn). There was no humor in that book, so his ability to write something as funny as the McGlade stories is even more impressive. Similarly, the first book I read by Strand was Pressure. Again, not much humor there. His Mayheim stories are quite humorous.
This collection of stories was more than worth the couple bucks I paid for it. And I look forward to more Konrath/Strand compilations.