Detectives Beyond Borders tries some "Blood and Tacos"
I've just read Gary Phillips' "The Silencer," the first story in Blood & Tacos #1, and here's why I think I'll like this quarterly digest of short crime fiction, whose fourth issue should be out soon:
- Phillips' title character, a Vietnam veteran, used to run an auto-repair and customizing shop called Danang Drag Motor Specialists.
- The "former petty street thug Ronnie Brownlee, who now went by Rahim Katanga."
- Katanga's group, with its "Ministers of Praxis, MPs for short."
- "Y'all say four kids went missing after they attended your propaganda class."
"After school program, policeman," a tall MP emphasized. "We help them with their math and reading skills."
- Any story that makes both a self-styled revolutionary group and The Wild, Wild West part of its literary arsenal has got lots going for it.
Wait a minute, I was around in the 1970s, and it's a hell of a lot of fun to see the era evoked even as a story pokes fun at its excesses and its self-seriousness. I like these guys' attitude.
© Peter Rozovsky 2013