PLASTER CITY by Johnny Shaw (Thomas & Mercer)
Jimmy Veeder, and his sidekick Bobby Maves, return in the follow up to Johnny Shaw’s debut novel, DOVE SEASON, set in the sun-bleached Imperial Valley.
This time round its Veeder helping out his best friend Bobby, after Bobby’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Julie, goes missing. Bobby has never met his daughter before but that doesn’t stop the reckless duo from diving in head first and playing private detective, on the lawless Mexican border.
After their exploits in DOVE SEASON, Jimmy is trying to play family man, but he can’t leave Bobby hanging, so they find themselves on another infamous Mavescapade, involving booze, guns, a Mexican biker gang, illegal fighting and a badass gangster, all the ingredients for a chaotic rescue mission. But you just know things aren’t gonna go to plan.
I love Johnny Shaw, and after reading both DOVE SEASON and his second novel, the Anthony Award-winning BIG MARIA, I knew it was going to have fun in PLASTER CITY. You know it’s good when you sit down to read for fifteen minutes and before you know it you’ve flown through a hundred pages. And I love the setting, on the Mexican border.
Johnny Shaw can tell a story, with some great twists and turns, and he does it extremely well. Shaw’s writing is probably classed as crime fiction, but I’d describe it has an adventure, for people who were brought up on The Goonies, and have since grown up and discovered tequila and firearms. If that sounds like your thing then you’ll love anything Johnny Shaw writes! Roll on the next adventure. (Jack Bantry)