Sunday, May 23, 2010

"One good man gone is enough for one night."

Jack Higgins is one of my heroes as a writer. I have been reading his adventure novels since I was 12 years old. Nobody does the tragic/honorable hero thing better.

Recently three of his out-of-print ultra-rare crime novels have come back into print. These books haven't seen the light of day since 1968, and I just finished reading the first in the series. I haven't read a good Jack Higgins' yarn in a few years and I almost forgot how great of a writer he is.

Back in the day Jack Higgins was the fucking go to guy for tough-as-nails advenutre. The Nick Miller crime series is no different. "The Graveyard Shift" is one cool-ass tour of the fog-shrouded underworld of a small industrial city in Northern England. Kind of like Snatch without the humor and fifty times the testosterone. This is one great book. Almost like a british version of Mike Hammer. The book is tougher than leather all the way through but nothing, and I mean nothing, can top the last line of this great book.

"God damn her, I hope they hang the bitch." - fucking brilliant.

Originally posted on June 5, 2005 on Myspace.

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