- File Size: 747 KB
- Print Length: 263 pages
- Publisher: All Due Respect Books (June 30, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 30, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HSYEMM2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,782 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Barkeep asks, “What’s a Preston Lang?”
“Rye. With a hint of the barrel.”
“Yeah. That too.”
Anyone who missed Lang’s first two crime paperbacks, The Carrier and The Blind Rooster, ought to jump right in and read The Sin Tax. Hard, straight writing. Contemporary plot. All the author's wry and unobtrusive observation of human habit.
Female baddy you can sympathize with flashes her gun to male ex-con baddy you can also sympathize with: "You have to jump through a lot of hoops to get a carry permit in New York. It’s insane. But once they give you one, they’re basically saying they want you to shoot somebody."
It's another New York setting---this time the Bronx. Is Janet serious? To protagonist Mark she’s serious as a heart attack: "It was a real gun, small and cold, looking like the smartest guy in the room."
There’s lots of Lang's best 'Who's Hustling Who' in The Sin Tax, a quest for money, smokes, and—less important—absolution. The petty take's what matters. Watch it grow from 10's to 100's to ever bigger digits. Bigger as in life and death: "Only a psychotic individual would kill a man to make a point to someone as unimportant as Mark... once you erase a man as a form of communication to someone who isn't even valuable to himself, there's something very cold running inside of you."
Mark’s smarter than your average loser. But he's not smart enough to avoid teaming up with your dumber than average loser, Slider. Slider delivers Mark straight into Janet's hands, because smart or not he's still just a two-bit loser, time served for busting a man’s head in a bar-fight and leaving his tongue on the counter.
To each his own vendetta in The Sin Tax, where even the winners get a taste the barrel.
Take a Slovenian ex-con with no prospects, a tough-as-nails mean-spirited take-no-crap woman with an itchy trigger finger, a glamorous Irish-Cuban entrepreneur, a guy in a ski mask with a pistol, and and an angry Eastern European Mafioso and you've got trouble with a capital T.
This is a taste of modern noir that is just plain great. It's funny, tragic, and tough not to finish. Really enjoyed it.