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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.
"Suckers" is no different. Whether it's the politically correct and morally obtuse Harry McGlade, or the sarcastic and pessimistic ways he uses to describe them, to the dark humor and laughable dialogue, Konrath is in top form. I love when authors have the guts to meld both humor and horror together, but other than Nick Spaulding in his truly absurd short, Spine Slaughter, it's a rare feat few manage to achieve. Konrath is a master at making the reader cringe and laugh at the same time (and not in the disgusting and over done prose of Ed Lee). I mean, what other author would have the skill to manage to mix milking cows and dead people together in a way that works so well.
The same could be said for the other author here: Jeff Strand. I've seen his name around on the horror circuit, but up until this point, I'd never bothered to read any of his published works. Shame on me! Strand's skills may not be as good as Konrath's, and his humor comes off as forced at times (read the short "A Bit of Halloween Mayhem" to see what I'm talking about) but even so, like Konrath, here's a guy who's not afraid to push the envelope when it comes to a genre that is usually over done and lacks any originality (hello, Leisure Publishing).
I tend to stray off the beaten path when it comes to popular fiction for this reason alone. It's this lesser-known, yet more skillful writers that fill the indie and self published circuit. Sure, they won't ever become as popular as Harlen Coben, or James Patterson, or even the horror master himself, Stephen King, but hey, that's ok with me. You don't have to be famous to be a great author. Seriously folks, this is a great collection. If the product description isn't enough to make you laugh at the absurdity, then at least give this one a sample. You won't be disappointed.
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.