Bust (Max Fisher and Angela Petrakos Series #1)

Bust (Max Fisher and Angela Petrakos Series #1)

by Ken Bruen, Jason Starr
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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.