Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Bank Job -- Steve Brewer

I've been reading a lot of books about bank robbery lately, including Duane Swierczynski's The Wheelman and Jim Sallis's Driver. Now it's Steve Brewer's Bank Job. Three goobers from down around Bakersfield who like to think of themselves as "outlaws" drive to northern California and go on a crime spree. (That's their description.) Their lack of competence leads them to need a hide-out, and the happen onto the cabin of Vince Carson, a retired bank robber. They decide to force Carson to rob a bank for them. I have nothing to say about what happens after that, since I don't want to spoil the story. Let's just say that things don't go exactly as they plan.

Like Swierczynski, Brewer mixes dark comedy with his caper, so this book has it all: violence, laughs, and plenty of action. Okay, almost all. There's no sex. Don't let that deter you from reading the book, though. It's fast-paced fun all the way.

1 comment:

James said...

I guess my reading of Elmore Leonard has turned me off to bank robbery in general. More than once, Leonard has pointed out in his work that bank robbers are the dumbest criminals, because they're so likely to get caught. As a result, I can't even think about such a theft without thinking of what he's written.

On the other hand, I just love heist stories in general. Which makes my approach to this subject somewhat schizophrenic, I suppose.