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Southern Scotch (The Boss MacTavin Action Mysteries Book 1) by [MacRath, Reb]
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Editorial Reviews


                                 THE STOKER AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR
Reb Macrath...has a flair for horrific showmanship and an instinct for the jugular that rivals the best writers of the genre.
--John Farris, Author of the Fury
This is crime fiction noir at its very best: Chandler, Hammett, Spillane -- all fused into a terrific tough-guy tale worthy of the telling. Its gritty characters compete with a carefully crafted plotline to hold you spellbound for hours.
--Publishers Daily Reviews
Vicious violence, black humor, quirky characters, a style that races along--MacRath's novel takes the reader into a murky world of crime and retribution...If you like your thrillers hard as nails, cool as ice, and smooth as Scotch, give this one a try. I think you'll enjoy it.
--Brad Strickland, Author of The Jim Dallas Thrillers
Be prepared for violence and death in this tale of vengeance laced with love, friendship, and loyalty. It's a story you won't forget, so put on your favorite Jim Croce music and enjoy the tale of Boss MacTavin...he's meaner than a junk yard dog and stronger than ole King Kong...a character you'll learn to love.
--Diane Rapp, Author of The High Series Mysteries
An over-the-top...adventure combining the South and Scottish cultures with rollicking mayhem galore.
--Tyson Blue, Author of Observations from the Terminator
The beginning passages of Southern Scotch are so intense and attention-grabbing that I found myself forgetting to breathe! Poor, defeated, slovenly Pete McGregor is in the wrong place at the wrong time and is brutalized to within an inch of his sad life. After a long recovery Pete transforms himself into the cunning, determined, charming, and very sexy Boss MacTavin.I couldn't get enough of this Southern-Scottish rogue with the sexy as sin accent-- a seductive mix of the South and Edinburgh.
--Felicia Moore, Amazon Reviewer
Highly readable, with both laughs and chills.
 --Library Journal on The Suiting
Strongly original. One of a kind.
 --Kirkus Reviews on The Suiting
An exotic, mysterious puzzle that's impossible to put down--and impossible to forget.
--Ray Garton, Author of Live Girls, on Angel Kiss
His writing style is unique and...he writes with such depth and emotion I can't help but wonder what he'll bring to the writing world in the future.
--Kirkus MacGowan, Author of The Fall of Billy Hitchings, on Nobility

From the Back Cover

                                           PUBLISHERS DAILY REVIEWS

    The radio in the big, sleek vintage Dodge Charger plays Eat a Peach by the Allman Brothers as Boss MacTavin and his hapless, grifter hostage drive through the night, headed for Atlanta and a little Southern payback.
    This is crime fiction noir at its very best: Chandler, Hammett, Spillane -- all fused into a terrific tough-guy tale worthy of the telling. Its gritty characters compete with a carefully crafted plotline to hold you spellbound for hours.
    Boss, in fact, is more than tough. He's scary-tough, reminiscent of The Gunslinger in Stephen King's Dark Tower series -- but more ascerbic, and with a crack in his armor for a love long lost. In addition, Boss had been a brilliant Scottish athlete in his early years and had developed a serious crush on the South, which ultimately failed to return his affection.
    Dodge Cunningham, the con man connected with a brutal beating received by Boss five years earlier, evolves into a sympathetic victim himself as the novel unfolds. The intricate text often doubles back on itself to shed new insights into the motivation and actions of the principal players, and the result is a richly layered piece of fiction that will sate any fan of this genre, which switches seamlessly from crime thriller to mystery to outright, violent horror.
    It's not a novel for the fainthearted. It is rather, alive with dark humor and bloody, graphic action scenes that are truly cinematic. Consider the following lyrical prelude to the decimation of a biker gang:
    "Thunder rumbled in the sky as he moved in, his fists raised. Boss stood and watched him come, his own hands dangling at his side. The biker's fist shot out -- at air. For Boss had shuffled to one side, his right glove streaking in an arc. The biker screamed out in pain. . . Then (Boss) whirled around into a series of bitch slaps and back slaps that sushied his face. A hard, brutal shot with one palm to his chin sent his teeth flying. He fell like a stone."
    In San Francisco, they pick up Vivian Aquino, another outré character who facilitates their entry into the bleak world of porn in order to exact revenge for the death of Vivian's sister -- the sinister and sexy Dr. Wu -- and Boss's own disfigurement by goons in a one-flight walkup years earlier. Step by step, a plan is laid to right many wrongs.
    You'll learn new words for age-old acts along the way to this novel's stunning conclusion -- words like Primer, Mother Lode, and Differential. Ah, but what does the INS have to do with that Darth Vader of skin flicks, Ramsey Michaels -- the man you will, as they say, love to hate.
    Five-plus stars to Southern Scotch and its gifted writer Reb MacRath. Seldom have we seen a book so artfully written and immaculately edited. Hell, even the cover is first class.
    Buy this book right now. Aye, you'll be rrrright glad you did.

Product details

  • File Size: 3449 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hold Fast Press (June 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008B8H8PS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,930,485 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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