Easy Death by Daniel Boyd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
All I want for Christmas is a clean getaway after I rob this armored car.
Not only are you way too old to be asking for me presents, but you’re also being very naughty. So the answer is no.
With its straightforward set-up set-up and 1951 setting this fits the bill as a Hard Case Crime offering that really feels like an old school hardboiled paperback delivered in a quick 236 pages.
The primary focus is on the two men whose getaway is complicated by a blizzard and other events, but there’s also a lot of shifting to focus on various other characters. It’s also got a few tricks up its sleeve with some clever time jumping to points before, during, and after the robbery that work with the shifting points of view to provide some surprising twists.The writing is also very good with each character well defined, and plot zig-zags nicely without ever feeling like the author got too cute with it.
Overall it’s a sharp throwback of a crime novel that I quite enjoyed.
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