Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice by Ken Bruen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Cooper is an ex-con in London who is part owner of a repossession business called Righteous Repo with a fella named Doc (because he wears Doc Martens, not because of any medical talent) whom he met in prison. Cooper and Doc also have a profitable side business, namely in bank robbery. When Cooper meets Cassie, a sexy American tourist, the wheels start to come off. Cassie is clearly mentally ill, obsessed with the poet of the title and soon becomes obsessed with Cooper and becomes the bane of his existence. When the cops come sniffing around, things go from bad to worse as Cooper and Doc plan the big bank score and Cassie's brother makes the scene. This is a short and quick blast of noir from Bruen, novella length really and the narrative hits fast and hard. Cassie is the femme fatale writ large and everybody from the cops to the crooks is on the take and looking to grab whatever he or she can get their hands on. This is a good solid crime story, Bruen as always keeps the kettle at full boil and the action is fast and furious. Recommended for fans of the hard boiled genre.
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