Author: Lou Berney
Publisher: William Morrow
Date Published: July 10, 2012
You are such a gripping protagonist that I have abandoned my typical reviewery, and have decided instead to write you a love letter. Fictitious though you may be, you have delighted me in such an epic literary way that I've thrown all blogger-professionalism to the wind!
Running his own restaurant in Belize was by far the most stressful job Shake had ever had. Driving getaway for the Armenian mob, a Humvee of Salvadorean gangbangers trying to ram you into the Los Angeles River - that, by comparison, was like listening to soft jazz in the tub.
Oh Shake. How I love a bad boy turned good, Could you exemplify this any more? Answer: no. Your witty diction coupled with a rough-and-tumble background of drug running, punch-taking and shit-talking gives me a thrill I can't quite qualify. And then there's your hopeless romanticism, kept well under wraps but delightfully called out by your author. Everyone loves to read about a solid player, and while you're no stranger to the crime novel fling, your penchant for Victorian pining (and consequential poor decisions) makes my heart ache.
Shake, I loved you so hard in "Whiplash River" and I want to tell everyone to embark on your adventures. Truth be told though, I'm feeling jealous about you. So I'm going to keep our shenanigans on the hush-hush.
Call me maybe.