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Dashiell Hammett Meets Burt Reynolds
on March 3, 2016
Boss MacTavin is a good mix of Southern Good Ol' Boy (a la 1970's Burt Reynolds) and hard Boiled Detective (the more the Continental Op than Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe). While later books in the series are much better than this one, this is not to say that this one is bad.
Far from it. Reb MacRath spins a good yarn here, one full of action and mystery (with a solution you won't see coming). This first entry in the series is really quite good and a necessary (I think) introduction to the main character. Read this, and then read the rest.