An old hit man befriends a bumbling would-be gangster.
As a hit man, Max Trueblood never left the house without a gun. Now that he's retired, he doesn't always pack heat. This is a mistake. When he returns home one day from the grocery store, he finds his apartment broken into and two thugs waiting with a summons from their boss. Trueblood scares them off, but he knows it isn't over. He is officially unretired.
When mob boss Raphael Tadzio decides he wants Max dead, he taps up-and-coming hoodlum Jerry Donahue for the job. Despite his infinite self-confidence, Jerry has never killed before. He falters when it's time to pull the trigger, and he and Max become unlikely friends.
When the city's best hit man joins forces with its worst, organized crime will never be the same.
If you liked Don Winslow's The Winter of Frankie Machine, you'll enjoy this book. Well written, well performed. The story line has to do with a retired mafia hit man who befriends the young wannabe sent to kill him. There is humor throughout along with adventure and pathos. I will look for other books by this author and this narrator.
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If you could sum up Max Trueblood and the Jersey Desperado in three words, what would they be?
The book is a fun story, but I really enjoy the reader. Some books are hard to listen because the reader keeps the same tone through the book. This book is a fun and active book, I had great fun listening as every character seems to come alive.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Max Trueblood and the Jersey Desperado?
I can't pick one, every chapter has its charm.
What does Reid Armbruster bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Mr. Armbruster made the book fun to listen, he acted each character and brought the book to life.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, I did, I couldn't because of work, but I try.
Any additional comments?
Fun to listen
Not sure which is more deadly to the plot, the predictability, the dumb moves by a "master" criminal, or the cliches.