Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Punishing Game (Frank Boff) by Nathan Gottlieb
Frank Boff, the ex-DEA legend turned private investigator that the bad guys turn to when they're facing prosecution, is back in action!
When Boff's friend, boxer Danny Cullen, is almost gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Brooklyn, the investigator travels from Las Vegas to New York, determined to find out who was gunning for him. Cullen isn't sure he wants Boff's help, though, because Boff can be an irritating SOB, to put it mildly.
While investigating the shooting, Boff and Cullen meet rappers, nasty cops and all kinds of riff raff. The most interesting character they meet, though, is Boff's mother, who makes a living as a shopkeeper... and running numbers, protected both by a shotgun she keeps under the table and the biggest mobster in the Bronx.
In his funny and breezy writing style, that reminds me of John Sanford, Gottlieb follows Boff & Cullen along the mean Brooklyn streets and the hip night clubs of NYC to reach a startling and exciting conclusion.
There might be writers who give you more plot twists, there might be writers who give you more fast-paced action...But I dare you to find a writer that gives you a detective as funny and original as Frank Boff. Boff is really a guy you will love to hate and hate to love.