IMPERIAL VALLEY by Johnny Shaw (Thomas & Mercer)
Third instalment in the excellent Jimmy Veeder Fiasco series. I’m not going to go into the history of the series. If you haven’t read anything by Johnny Shaw start with DOVE SEASON and go from there. Seriously, Johnny Shaw is awesome and you won’t be disappointed.
Jimmy and his trusted sidekick Bobby Maves, along with their better halves go over the border into Mexico in search of Jimmy’s “adopted” son’s grandfather, who lives in a remote village. It’s sure to be another fiasco, or a Mavescapade as Bobby like to call them, and they’re in Mexico so you know you’re gonna be in for a shitshow. Jimmy and the gang soon find themselves being shot at and chased through the Mexican wilderness by a drugs cartel. And that’s just for starters!
Johnny Shaw’s writing is just so addictive to read and I just couldn’t put the book down. The humorous banter between the two main characters and their partners, plus the fucked up situations they keep finding themselves in. And the locations. I love the locations. The dodgy Mexican border, the bars they drink in (no hipsters in sight) and the Mexican food. Do yourself a favour, go and buy some Johnny Shaw. (Jack Bantry)