Date: March 2003
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Notes: Extreme violence, strong language and some explicit
Isn't Easy Being 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.
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.
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
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.