Author: Ed Duncan
Publisher: Smashwords Editions
Release Date: February 25, 2016
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Different. Interesting. Reminds me of Tarantino.
Rico and Jerry are enforcers for a crime boss in Chicago’s underworld. They take care of things, tie up loose ends, and when needed, make people disappear. So when a debt ridden cheat steals the boss’s priceless red ruby necklace, they are tasked with getting it back. But things are not always as they seem at face value. He suddenly skips town to go to Hawaii to patch things up with his wife. She is traveling with a friend and ready to pull the plug on her marriage. And Rico? He just wants to get the necklace back and teach the guy a lesson that he won’t need to remember. But in Hawaii things go horribly wrong and the necklace disappears. Can Rico find it? Or will it be his skin on the line if he comes back empty handed?
So, this little story reminded me of Pulp Fiction in many different ways. John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson open the story as Jerry and Rico. Uma Thurman shows up as Jean. And Ving Rames makes an appearance as Litvak. So, the characters pretty much all fell into place. However, there were some other stories that make this one a little more interesting. Don’t think you know the story until you’ve read it, because it will surprise you.
There is some strong language throughout and some implied sex in several scenes, but nothing graphic. Even so, I still recommend this book for mature audiences.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.