I LOVE MY SMITH AND WESSON by David Bowker
Kirkus Star

I LOVE MY SMITH AND WESSON

Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Success can’t disentangle a crime writer from his cool contract killer pal.

Having wiped out most of the Priesthood, the Manchester crime syndicate that threatened his childhood friend Billy Dye (The Death You Deserve, 2003), former contract killer Rawhead, né Steve Ellis, expects to be invited to hang out with Billy on a regular basis. Instead, Billy weds girlfriend Nikki, sets up house with their young daughter Maddy, and indicates ever so subtly that he’d like to move on and enjoy his success. Rawhead retaliates with a two-pronged plan, continuing the destruction of the Priesthood as he undermines Billy’s relationship with Nikki. Little Malc, the surviving son of Priesthood founder Malcolm Priest, is the syndicate’s nominal head, but shrewd, vicious Chef actually runs things. So Rawhead sets about endearing himself to both men while offing their underlings. Mistrusting Rawhead, Chef hires a sexy hit-woman known only as the Spirit to take him out. Meanwhile, when Billy’s screenplay about the Priesthood hits multiple snags at the network slated to produce it, he’s ordered to hole up in a hotel for massive rewrites. Getting wind of Billy’s movie-in-waiting, Chef takes action against the moguls producing it. And with Billy out of the picture, Rawhead accelerates his plan to seduce Nikki.

Superior crime fiction: vivid, original, edgy, and constantly surprising.

Pub Date: Aug. 11th, 2004
ISBN: 0-312-32825-7
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2004




MORE BY DAVID BOWKER

FictionHOW TO BE BAD by David Bowker
by David Bowker
FictionTHE DEATH YOU DESERVE by David Bowker
by David Bowker

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

MysteryTHE DEVIL'S MOON by Peter Guttridge
by Peter Guttridge