Honky Tonk Samurai.jpgConsidering the sum of its parts, I expected to enjoy Honky Tonk Samurai more than I did. Which isn’t a comment on its ingredients; just that, this is a novel that thrives on the chemistry between its protagonists: Hap, a former 60s activist and self-proclaimed white trash rebel, and Leonard, a tough black, gay Vietnam vet. And while I appreciated this private eye “odd couple” and their crude humour, their wit eventually wore a little thin. Whereas Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar and Windsor “Win” Horne Lockwood III keep me chucking until the final pages of their escapades, come the end of Honky Honk Samurai I found Hap and Leonard’s exchanges grating.

If you’ve read the previous eight novels in this series, this’ll be a must-read. It’s simply not a novel tuned into my sensibilities. And that’s absolutely okay. Maybe I’m just a meat-and-potatoes kind of crime reader, and Honky Tonk Samurai just adds a little more spice than I’m accustomed to. It may well be your flavour!


ISBN: 9781444787214
Format: Paperback  (234mm x 166mm x 26mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Mulholland Books
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publish Date: 11-Feb-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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