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Release Date: March 2003
ISBN: 1591131529
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre: Mystery
Reviewed: 2003
Reviewer: Sheila Griffin
Reviewer Notes: Extreme violence, strong language and some explicit sexual situations

It Isn't Easy Being Johnny Style
By Patrick K. Jassoy 

    Johnny Style is a cynical private eye. It's New Years' Eve and he's just arrived home to find his best friend on his doorstep, dying, with his bloody lips sewn shut. It seems that another of Johnny's friends have fallen victim to his worst enemy, Santana Santiago.

     The bad blood goes back seven years to their senior year in high school. Santiago was the crime kingpin of the high school--extortion, drugs, you name it--until Johnny moved to town.

     Santiago was manhandling a girl in the hall when Johnny stepped in and stopped it. A few days later, Santiago and his teen-aged gang of goons beat Johnny to a bloody pulp. To finish the job, young Santiago pulled a switchblade and prepared to carve Johnny like a pumpkin. When a good Samaritan saved Johnny's life, Santiago was expelled and Johnny moved to the top of Santiago's hit list. For an encore, Santiago had committed atrocities which almost destroyed Johnny, then disappeared...until now.

     This is a really good book except for one small flaw: the characters keep dying off. The dialogue is snappy and fun, with the exception of one long passage explaining Santana's background. Hopefully, Mr. Jassoy's next book will have all the fun and action of this book with fewer dead bodies. I look forward to finding out.

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