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One part "The Mechanic" and one part "The Professional"—and if that description doesn’t get your juices flowing, you may be visiting the wrong blog—Beetner’s kickoff to the Lars & Shaine series is violent, action-packed crime fiction done right. The kind of novel that Quentin Tarintino could make into a killer—uh, no pun intended—movie. Cast Mel Gibson as Lars and Chloe Grace Moretz as Shaine and you’ve got cinematic gold.
I had a devil of a good time reading this book. I went in with my expectations low—no reason why, it just happens sometimes—but came out the other side with those expectations seriously exceeded. Usually the hardboiled genre doesn't get me whipped into a lather due to a lack of action—I am primarily an action-adventure reader/writer—but Beetner serves up plenty of shootouts and fisticuffs that make this more of an action-crime novel than a straight-up hardboiled entry. And for that I say, God bless and pass the ammo. Hollowpoints only, please.
Anyway, stop reading this review and start reading The Devil Doesn't Want Me. You can thank me later. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go see where I put Tarintino’s phone number…