Fast-talking, foul-mouthed, Jimmy runs a record shop in Belfast, selling weed on the side to help bring in the cash. He’s the type of character that could be hard and dark but, written by Simon Maltman, he comes across as someone I think I might actually want to meet.
I don’t know as much about him as I should as I haven’t read the first book in this series of novellas (book two is only 47 pages long), but what I do know, I like because he’s sharp and funny, even when the police are breathing down his neck as they are in Bongo Fury 2.
To be fair, they have reason – there is a serial killer they need to catch, and they think Jimmy can help them. He doesn’t want to, but the threat of jail from his week side-business means he helps out anyway, asking questions on the street from men you might not want to cross (including his brother). Bit by bit, the pieces come together, though not maybe as I or Jimmy expected.
It’s a lot for such a short book, meaning a powerful story that packs a punch and doesn’t leave much room for anything else. It’s why I like short stories / novellas when they are done well. It shows you don’t need to write a lot to say a lot. It might not be for everyone, and the same can probably said for the language, but for me it worked really well. This is a fun, fast, read and I loved it.
About the book…
Sequel to the bestselling ‘Bongo Fury’ novella. Follow Jimmy as he gets into much deeper trouble in this black humoured, Northern Irish noir. Previous Press: “The mood is cynical, the wisecracks are plentiful, and the alcohol pours generously… an engaging and unique tale of crime and corruption.” The High Window “A mystery noir with a twist ending worthy of Dennis Lehane.” The Big Thrill
You might also want to check out Simon’s new book, released this week…
A Kill for the Poet is the sequel to the acclaimed and bestselling A Chaser on the Rocks. It can also be read as a standalone novel. Follow Brian Caskey, as this mystery noir reveals a detective with many flaws and personal problems. He becomes embroiled with a dangerous criminal network, while trying to battle his mental health issues, and work on his own writing. This ‘story within a story,’ also follows Caskey’s own creation: P.I Billy Chapman, as he unravels a murder mystery in the 1940’s
Note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own.