It's March of 1978 and a battered, steaming wreck lays at the bottom of a 50-foot cliff. Former boxing champion and football star Johnny Beam is found crumpled and broken behind the steering wheel. Beam was a gambler, in trouble with the law—and now dead. Was it an accident? Suicide? Murder? How did the former hero end up like this? In the lily-white northern town of Zenith, Minnesota, only one thing was certain: Johnny Beam stood out like a fly in a bottle of milk.
Fly in the Milk is a work of crime fiction, a provocative tale of death, betrayal and hypocrisy spanning three generations.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mystery, crime, historical--a n ice blend of both in the pulp genre world. What can I say, I like the underworld:)
Fly in the Milk was a difficult book for me to get through. It was difficult to get through because some of the writing style was a little too low for me. There were a few words that were said throughout the book that was hard for me to keep reading since they are very inappropriate. That being said, I didn’t totally dislike the book. It had a great story and really piked my interest in the character Johnny. It was a good book with a good story, just not my style of a book. The language used added to the time that it was written in, but it was something that I did not prefer. I give this a 4 out of 5 just because it was written well and had a good story, but it was something I didn’t like as much.
What can I say about this book? It wasn't at all what I was expecting. I liked it, though I didn't love it. The story begins with a car crash that appears to be an accident but there is something around the scene that make the investigators believe there is something else going on. Who was in that car? The legendary boxer Johnny Beam. The story is about him and his not so neat life. You could think he had it all, fame, money, women but being the son of a former prostitute and a pimp and in addition, a black man in the 1950-1960's is not an easy task. In the book you also get to read some of his parents story. Personally I couldn't relate very much to him. On the contrary, he annoyed me most of the time. He kept making the wrong choices even when he had many options, sometimes It seemed he was gonna change and then again, no... The writing was good, a mere reflection of those times but I enjoyed it. It's an adult book and has curses and explicit vocabulary that made it sound a little harsh though. The dialogues were very good and made it more enterteining. I found very interesting the descriptions of the cities and how well the T.K O'Neill created a background for his character. At some parts, nevertheless, the story becomes boring. For example when the author starts explaining about the alcohol restriction laws and manufacture, I mean, it is useful to set the story but not so many details are needed. Or when he spends a few pages explaining Johnny's relation with his neighbours... It makes the reader's attention deflect from the main storyline. (at least that happened to me) In short, a complete reading, not my favorite, but a good one and I hope everybody enjoys it!
Plot moves all over. Hard to follow
Loved the boxing scene in first chapter--could smell the sweat and the fear as if I were there. Author writes a good story--I'm a fan of realistic dialogue, and he has the knack. Fun to read on e-reader.