Bust (Max Fisher and Angela Petrakos Series #1)

Bust (Max Fisher and Angela Petrakos Series #1)

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by Ken Bruen, Jason Starr
     
 

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5 IMPORTANT LESSONS YOU CAN LEARN BY READING BUST: \ \

1. When you hire someone to kill your wife, don’t hire a psychopath. \

2. Drano is not the best tool for getting rid of a dead body. \

3. Those locks on hotel room doors? Not very secure. \

4. A curly blond wig isn’t much of a disguise. \

5. Secrets can kill. \

Overview

5 IMPORTANT LESSONS YOU CAN LEARN BY READING BUST: \ \

1. When you hire someone to kill your wife, don’t hire a psychopath. \

2. Drano is not the best tool for getting rid of a dead body. \

3. Those locks on hotel room doors? Not very secure. \

4. A curly blond wig isn’t much of a disguise. \

5. Secrets can kill. \

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
The mean streets of New York City meet the brutality of Irish gangland in Ken Bruen and Jason Starr's Bust, the first collaboration ever between these two crime fiction icons. As cold-hearted as it is darkly comedic, this noir mystery has it all: illicit sex, blackmail, double-crossing, and a virtual cornucopia of unsuspecting murder victims. \

\ Max Fisher, aging CEO of NetWorld, is not a happy man. But if he can somehow figure out a way to get rid of his nagging wife, he'll be able to carry on with his wildly self-indulgent, Viagra-fueled existence of drunken business meetings, excursions to seedy strip joints, and, most important, his ongoing affair with his executive assistant -- an Irish-American bombshell named Angela. Fisher hires a hit man, a former IRA thug nicknamed Popeye, to kill the "redundant" wife; but what the balding chief executive doesn't realize is that Popeye is secretly Angela's boyfriend -- and the murder they're planning is another one altogether. \

\ Hard Case Crime Editor Charles Ardai describes Bust: "In anyone else's hands (except maybe the late Charles Willeford's), I'm not sure this very dark black comedy would've come off -- there is not one likable character in the entire book (well, maybe one, but he doesn't last long) and the selfishness and viciousness with which the assorted heels and sociopaths pursue their catastrophic schemes at each other's expense is breathtaking." Who says sleazy crime fiction can't be fun? Bust is an absolute gem of a novel -- a must-read. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
This first-time collaboration between two rising crime fiction writers is a full-tilt, rocking homage to noir novels of the 1950s, taking full advantage of the neo-pulp Hard Case Crime imprint. Wealthy, successful New York City business owner Max Fisher finds himself in a delightfully familiar scenario: he wants to get rid of his nagging wife so he can shack up with his sexy secretary, Angela Petrakos. When Angela introduces Max to Dillon, a former IRA hit man, Max thinks he's found his man; what Max doesn't know is that Dillon is already Angela's man-and the two plan to double-cross Max as soon as it becomes profitable. Dillon, however, proves to be less a professional than a psychotic: he'd just as soon kill "for the price of a pint" as he would for Max's wealth. Rolling in on the action is wheelchair-bound Bobby Rosa, an ex-con with a taste for lewd photography, guns and blackmail. As it tends to do, the murderous plot goes awry, sending Bruen and Starr's delicious, despicable characters scrambling for their money and their lives. A seamless blend of Bruen's dead-on Irish underworld and Starr's hellish vision of the Big Apple, Hard Case's latest release is smart, trashy fun, fulfilling ably the series' irresistible promise. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.\
Library Journal
A New York businessman and his lover plot to kill his wife, but she has other plans up her sleeve when she introduces him to an ex-IRA hitman. Bruen lives in Ireland and Starr lives in NYC. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780843955910
Publisher:
Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Series:
Max Fisher and Angela Petrakos Series , #1
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Ken Bruen was nominated for nearly every major award in the mystery field (and won the Shamus Award) for his book The Guards, the first in his series about Jack Taylor and his first book to be published in the United States.  In addition to his work as a novelist, Bruen has a Ph.D. in metaphysics and spent 25 years as a teacher in Africa, Japan, Southeast Asia, and South America.

The author of the first original novel ever published in the prestigious Vintage/Black Lizard line (Hard Feelings), Jason Starr has won raves for his work from publications ranging from The New York Times to Entertainment Weekly, which compared him to Jim Thompson and James M. Cain. In 2004, he received the Barry Award for his novel Tough Luck, and in 2005 he won the Anthony Award for Twisted City. He also writes comics for Marvel and DC, as well as original graphic novels. He lives in New York City.

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Bust 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Kiki-Travels More than 1 year ago
Perfect noir... these are two of the best crime writers today and they've nailed it with this one. Delicious read! All of the characters are bad people doing very bad things and there is no real hero. If James Patterson is more your speed, this book probably isn't for you...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Max Fisher and Angela Petrakis, anti-hero and anti-heroine of 'The Max,' by Jason Starr and Ken Bruen, to be published by Hard Case Crime on August 26. Max is a homicidal, crack and booze-addled nebbish whose self-delusion is so all-encompassing he manages to be thoroughly amusing. Angela is a homicidal, herpes-carrying bombshell attracted to deranged, murderous losers, whose self-delusion matches Max's and who also manages to be thoroughly amusing. 'The Max' finds Max locked up in Attica for a string of crimes committed in Hard Case Crime's previous two highly entertaining Max and Angela titles, 'Bust' and 'Slide.' Meanwhile, Angela is on the run in Greece and eventually gets locked up herself - on the Isle of Lesbos. A few murders and delicious plot twists later, the pair reunites for a whopper of a bloody ending. Along the way New Yorker Starr and Bruen -from Ireland - keep their hardbitten readers amused with fulsome detail in their lavish portrait of a real NYC putz, all punched up with a sharp, lyrical Irish brutality which the authors skillfully fold into Jewish Max and Greek Angela's personalities. The Max and Angela books read effortlessly, and not a single page turns without several amusing depravities being given the unique Starr/Bruen twist. I thought I might get tired of Max and Angela after the first two episodes, and I hoped the authors would not try to beat more sales out of something that might have been better left in its original, pristine condition. But 'The Max' continues the story in seamless fashion and its ending shows the authors to be fearless in laying out what I hope will be new, even more fertile ground for this highly entertaining, seriously deranged series.
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Jonny-Morbid More than 1 year ago
Max & Angela deserve each other. They are two of the most despicable characters to walk in the shadows of pulp fiction & it is their ignorance, selfishness & murderous greed which makes this psychotic two-step in a wicked dance of crime noir so much fun! Ken Bruen & Jason Starr deserve each other. They are two of the most underrated pulp fiction writers to come along in ages--channeling Jim Thompson into the 21st century with slash to the literary artery that is true crime noir. Their creation of Max & Angela is a fanastic kidney punch to the genre & it was a much needed one. Max loves Angela. Angela pretends to love Max. Together this psychotic couple plan the murder of Max's nagging, horrible wife by hiring the murderous, two-bit IRA lackey, Popeye/Dillon to do the job. Max doesn't realize the crazy Popeye/Dillon is Angela's live-in boyfriend & that the two plan to take care of him once he marries Angela. Oh, throw in a loser, second-rate wheelchair bound stick-up artist who wants to blackmail all of them & you have a wild story that never lets up. Angela & Max prove Karma is for real by getting what they all deserve. Adultry, multiple murders, blackmail, double crosses & a raging case of herpes make this a very hilarious, dark romp through the world of Hard Case Crime. I loved every word of it. & as long as Hard Case Crime keeps replacing the I.V. into the arm of the once dying genre of Dime Store Novels--I'll keep coming back for more savage tales from the underbelly. There are two more tales starring Max & Angela & I intend to get my hands dirty on them.