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The Bad Guys Wear Black Hats, Yeah?
12 December 2016
This is John Birmingham showing a slightly different style. Sure it has Birmingham's honed language and wit but it doesn't have the constant percussive action you may expect..If some of his previous books have been double kick, hairy arse rock played REALLY LOUD AND REALLY FAST then this is more a Led Zep, Kashmir era outing, balancing a strong story riff with good lyrical nuance. But that's enough of the music analogy.
What Birmingham does here is toy with a few different pieces of time and interplay them with a grizzled time hopping western lawman looking for his daughter and a lost millennial game developer, Cady. She was on the verge of swapping out a 2 minute noodle lifestyle to one with diamond studded iPhones and a fleet of gold Teslas driven by robot butlers before "Titanic" Smith rolled into her life. He did this by icing a couple of nasty types who were doing bad things to her, and as you'll find out, he's a real gentleman at times is Mr Smith. Oh, and there's some other time dudes on their tails as well. Yeah, who are those guys?
Look, just buy the damn thing and read it. It's fun.