Bust

Bust

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
When Max Fisher, who is cheating on his wife, hires a psychopath to kill his wife, things go horribly wrong for everyone involved. Original.

Publisher: New York : Dorchester Publishing Co., 2006.
ISBN: 9780843955910
0843955910
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Starr, Jason

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Oct 25, 2014

The truth was he was what is known in Ireland as a Prov-een. When the Irish want to diminish something, somebody, they add een, making it diminutive. You call a man a man-een, you’re calling him a schmuck, a wanna-be.
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“Remember, people don’t die, because they aren’t born,” Kamal said. “Birth and death are merely illusions. All people and objects exist now and forever in the universal unconscious.”
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What was that old joke? If you threw a stone in Ireland, you’ll probably hit a poet, usually a bad one.
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Max said, feeling like he might start to cry. “What did I ever do to you?” “You were just in the right place at the wrong time,” Bobby said.

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jimg2000
Oct 25, 2014

Angela’s mother was a pure Irish woman — mean, bitter and stubborn as all hell. She called herself a displaced Irishwoman.
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Most of her money went on clothes. The most basic lesson she learned was that if you wore a short skirt, killer heels and a tight top, guys went ape.
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When she threw her Mom’s ashes into the Foyle there was a wind, of course, and most of her mother flew back into her hair. When she told the old guy at the hotel desk what had happened he said, “Tis proof, darling, that the dead are always with us.”

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jimg2000
Oct 25, 2014

Lot'sa profanity, and here are some relatively clean ones:
The guy looked nothing like the big, strong-looking hit man Max was expecting — he looked more like a starving greyhound.
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He’d had a lot of women in his time, but given the choice between a woman and a gun he’d take the gun. It didn’t talk back and it got the job done, plus, it made you feel like a player and you didn’t have to reassure the ...
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He muttered, “How’d that happen?” He used to have thick black hair, but lately his forehead seemed to be getting bigger and bigger, and he had more gray in his hair now than black. He’d grown a beard over the winter, hoping it would make him look younger, but no luck there — it had come in mostly gray too. He used to only get wrinkles around his mouth when he smiled, but now he had them all the time, and the circles under his eyes were getting so dark it looked like he was going around with two permanent shiners...

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Oct 25, 2014

First of the trilogy of perverse thrillers featuring Max Fisher and Angela Petrakos: Bust, Slide and The Max.
Raves for Bust that I concur completely:
“Wild, remarkably vulgar, and very funny.”--Booklist
“Sleazy, irreverant, offensive — and wildly entertaining.” — Chicago Tribune

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