The Last Straw by Ed Duncan.

Rating 8/10

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When I read the synopsis for this book, I thought “Aah, here’s a story with some oomph!”  The book starts with the line “Perry Mason unzipped his pants…” and I thought “I didn’t think it was that sort of a book!”  There were no erotic scenes though, but there was drama and violence aplenty!

The events in the book are sparked by the witnessing of a murder at a car hijacking gone awry.  However, there is a snowball-come-avalanche effect for the surrounding characters.  The central character is Rico, a hit man with conscience, albeit a very selective conscience.   Rico’s sworn enemy is tasked with taking out the murder witness, but this puts a friend of Rico’s at risk, and tensions quickly escalate between the hit men.

There are countless high octane action scenes, and they are shocking!  Rico often put me in mind of Jack Reacher, and his killer instincts mean the action scenes are so rapid that I found myself reading them twice to take everything in.  And the death count becomes comparable to Game of Thrones!

In between the action scenes, a lot of background information is provided on the surrounding characters, such as the on the lawyer looking after the murder witness.  And many of these characters are often working through their own moral dilemmas in relation to what’s going on.  (As usual, NO spoilers in my book reviews!)

This book is the second in a series, and I usually start with the first in a series (unless I’ve seen the first portrayed in a film) but the synopsis had me sold!  Much of what happened in the first book is explained in dribs and drabs throughout the second.  You certainly don’t need to read the first book to enjoy the second, but I imagine you’d get more from it by reading the whole series.

It wasn’t always the most realistic story in places; like when Rico does nothing to cover his tracks after a hit, but then again we often read novels as a means of escapism, it’s not supposed to represent the real world.  And in fairness, it’s done a damn good job of distracting me from my current worries.  Recommended!

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