Tuesday, October 11, 2005

No one is innocent

Just finished Vixen by Ken Bruen. It combines the comedic/violent tone of Elmore Leonard with the everybody-is-corrupt feel of James Ellroy. He's quite good at creating amusing rogues, whether they be cops or crooks. Definitely a fun read if you like this sort of thing, but it is really short, as in three rides on the exer-bike short. If you buy it, you may feel rooked out of your thirteen bones, so think about the library.

Next up is A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd. This one looks be a Graham Greene-esque satire on British colonial rule. This will be my fourth Boyd, so I obviously don't think he sucks. His early books examined various forms of Britishness, generally with a critical eye. He since moved on to writing a fake biography of an American artist and then wrote the phenomenal Any Human Heart.

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