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Book Review – The Steel Deal

The Steel Deal – A Unique Voice in the Gumshoe Genre

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: James Blakely
Format: Paperback, Kindle

Gumshoe Sonny Busco is broke.  Worse than broke, he owes everyone – big time.  With loan sharks on his tail and his security gig not paying enough to keep up with the bills, he struggles to get from one end of town to the other in his junker car.  Enter Pixy – young, attractive, in trouble, and willing to pay $2500.00 up front for Sonny to simply deliver a package to Santa Fe.  What could be easier?  Exactly.  Too easy, and Sonny knows it.  Things quickly breakdown and Sonny finds himself beaten and confused.  Whose side is he working for anyway?

James Blakely’s “The Steal Deal” reads like an homage to Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer novels replete with witty repartee and smug confidence displayed by Blakely’s larger than life PI – Sonny Busco.  With female character names like Pixy, Bambi, and Bevel Brand, it is no surprise Busco throws out lines like there is no tomorrow.  The novel’s overall voice and narrative is perfectly executed. Just take a read of this passage:
“…the figure’s deep-set eyes, red-veined and volcanic, fixed an unflinching gaze directly on me.  When the figure’s stiletto-then lips split, a hideous smile lunged for me…”.  Great stuff!

This book was a lot of fun to read.  No one talks the way Busco talks, but that is sort of the point of it all.  Enjoy the character for who he is.  Beyond the wonderful characterization and unique voice, there are also a number of surprising plot twists and turns and just when I thought I had it all figured out, I was surprised again.  If this is your style read, you’ll love “The Steel Deal”.

I look forward to future Sonny Busco cases.

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.

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