My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy of "Big Money" from Great Escapes Book Tours and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)
I didn't want to like "Big Money".
Naked women. The main character's penchant for breasts. Not the kind of things I normally seek out when choosing a book.
But the fact is, I enjoyed "Big Money" immensely. It brought to mind film noir, Humphrey Bogart - and basically good guys that get caught up in the consequences of their bad choices. The book cover and the characters ("Bluefish", for one) are extremely colorful, but I 'saw' this story in black and white. Of course, there were occasional splashes of color, like the 'blood oozing from his (Max's) temple".
There are a fair number of f-bombs and sexual situations, but the book is not preoccupied with them. Nevertheless, people who are likely to be offended by this, but enjoy an engaging story, should check their inner censors at the door. On the one hand, I probably wouldn't want my children to read this book, but on the other hand, they see and hear much worse in today's popular computer games.
I was pleased to see that the female characters are not just T&A. They are flesh, blood, brains, hopes, dreams and fears. And so are the male characters. Mama Bones is my favorite female character in 'Big Money'...maybe because she reminds me of, well, me! (We both have a few years on us, but we are still crafty as you-know-what.)
We may never see Austin Carr dining with Mr. Darcy, but there is room for both of them in the restaurant, if you catch my meaning. If you are a fan of film noir, tales of gritty intrigue, you owe it to yourself to read "Big Money".
About the Author:
Former Los Angeles Times reporter Jack Getze is Fiction Editor for Anthony-nominated Spinetingler Magazine, one of the internet's oldest websites for noir, crime, and horror short stories. His screwball Austin Carr mysteries, BIG NUMBERS and BIG MONEY, are being reissued in 2013 by Down and Out Books, with the new BIG MOJO set for 2014. His short stories have appeared online at A Twist of Noir, Beat to a Pulp, and The Big Adios.
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