SEX, DEATH & HONEY, by esteemed author Brian Knight is a true delight. I haven't had as much fun reading a thriller laced with comedy since I'd read Gregory Mcdonald's FLETCH books. Like Mcdonald's anti-hero, Irwin Fletcher, any novel that tries to successfully pull off the feat of combining the mystery and action of a good thriller with moments of comedy so finely tuned that you catch yourself, as a reader, laughing out loud, requires an exceptional protagonist. Knight's Butch Quick is just such a character and thankfully the author has already provided a number of additional stories so that once you've finished this great novel and are craving yet another "fix" of Butch and friends, you'll be able to tide yourself over until Knight's next Butch Quick novel. This is a character and a novel that cries out for a film treatment, and Knight succeeds very well in keeping the action and the story moving rapidly forward more like a good screenplay than a leisurely novel.
In closing, I double-dare you to read this novel and not become an instant fan of Butch Quick - and of Brian Knight!
When I read, I generally read for fun. It's not that I don't like to learn, but my job in IT requires that I learn new things all the time and when I'm ready to relax with a book, the last thing I want to do is use my brain. No problem here, Sex, Death & Honey requires no heaving thinking. It's like candy for the brain and calories be damned.
This is how the hero describes himself... "My name is Butch Quick, and I deal with Paradise Valley's less savory residents for a living. I work for my Uncle Higheagle and his various enterprises. Depending on his current needs I am a nightclub bouncer, a repo man, a bail bond recovery agent, and pretty much any other job too dangerous or dirty for anyone else to do."
In Sex, Death & Honey it's a simple repo job on a 1968 Mustang convertible. However, we find out soon enough why the series is called The Misadventures of Butch Quick.
The writing here is direct and refreshing, very down to Earth. There's also a parrot, sorry...a macaw, with a very colorful vocabulary, used effectively in a comic relief role.
"Nothing says I'm doing something illegal, please arrest me quite like a giant Indian running with a birdcage under his arm."
Once again, I found myself outside of the Horror genre with this book, but I do enjoy a good crime novel on occasion, especially John Sandford's Prey series and James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheau novels. Both excellent series. Sex, Death & Honey isn't quite at that level, but it sure was a lot of fun.
If you'd like to sample Brian's writing and take a look at the seedy side of Paradise Valley before purchasing Sex, Death & Honey you can now get Big Trouble In Little Boots in both Kindle and ePub formats for FREE by visting the Genius Book Publishing website.
Sex, Death & Honey will be available on August 17, 2012 in print and ebook formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple ITunes, Kobo and wherever books are sold.
I first encountered Butch Quick in "Big Trouble in Little Boots" a short story I was given the opportunity to review. I loved the character and hoped to see more of him. Lucky for me and all the readers out there the author, Brian Knight, has given us a full length, action packed, drama filled "misadventure."
Butch Quick is a 7 foot tall Nez Perce who at 300 lbs. is a tad hard to miss. Not the kind of guy you are going to mistake for anyone else once you have met him. A Jack-of-all-Trades, master of none, he is the all around go to guy for his boss who is also his uncle. Working for family can have its perks, like the fact they tend to be forgiving, but there is also the fact that they tend to think you are not quite as smart as you might need to be. But in this case, they could be right. Well really it's not that Butch isn't smart, he is just unlucky, very unlucky.
One thing we can be sure of, whatever job Uncle Higheagle gives Butch, it will get done, but possibly not in the way intended. This time it is a simple repo of a red Mustang. Not all that hard to do. Wait until the vehicle is unattended and strike as quickly and efficiently as possible. What you don't want to do is leave a trail of dead bodies back to your office. Or collect a Macaw and a lady, as they say, of some reputation while you are doing it. Well maybe that is what most of us wouldn't do, but with Butch who knows?
Mystery, adventure, good guys or maybe just one good guy, shady ladies, birds of a feather, shoot outs and shoot 'em ups, bad cops, good cops, drug dealers and more... how on earth could it go so wrong, Butch?
Recommended for an adult audience, Sex, Death and Honey will keep you on the edge of your seat with the pages turning as fast as you can. I can't wait for the next in the series.
Karen Bryant Doering, Parents' Little Black Book MistBlueEeyore@gmail.com