Thursday Reviews: Slide By Ken Bruen & Jason Starr


Ken Bruen and Jason Starr

When last we left computer company honcho Max Fisher and his Greek-Irish girlfriend, Angela Petrakos, they had some ‘splainin’ to do. People seem to die around Max, and Angela had a dead body slowly dissolving in Drano in her bathtub. Doesn’t help these two are not the brightest bulbs on the Christmas tree. So where are they now?

Well, Max has woken up broke and hungover in an Alabama motel, apparently having been someone’s unwitting girlfriend. Angela’s scouring Dublin for a new sugar daddy. Max and Angela are survivors. How do they get out of their respective predicaments? Max becomes a crack dealer and hip hop raconteur calling himself The M.A.X. Angela takes up with a brilliant serial killer who hits on the idea of kidnapping Keith Richards. So how’s that work out for them?

Given how things went in The Bust, not very well. But that’s the point, isn’t it? Bruen and Starr tag team on this tale of two people too stupid to live who insist on doing it anyway. Raucously funny, Bruen and Starr even manage to kill each other off in the course of the story.