SIMON MALTMAN - BONGO FURY (2017)


Synopsis/blurb…….
From the Bestselling author of A Chaser on the Rocks and More Faces, comes the noir novella series: Bongo Fury. Follow Maltman’s new protagonist as he tries to balance a music shop, his paramilitary family, a newborn, a little drug dealing and a spot of private detection.
 
A black comedy from the fresh new voice in Northern Irish Crime Fiction.
 
Previous press:
 
“A flair for adrenalin-packed action and unpredictable characters.”
Murder, Mayhem and More
 
“The mood is cynical, the wisecracks are plentiful.”
The High Window
 
“You hit the ground running and it’s a sprint finish.”

Crime Book Junkie
 
Another short but entertaining read from Simon Maltman.
 
Kind of a long short story and the start of a series featuring a likeable part-time drug-dealing, music shop owner Jimmy Black.
I do like to read pieces set against a backdrop of conflict and division and there's possibly no better example of that than Northern Ireland. Our tale has Black doing a favour for a mate and getting himself into some hot water. Conflict resolution is the order of the day, but not something readily achieved without resorting to a bit of violence.
 
Interesting character is Mr Black, who fancies himself a bit as a part-time philosopher.
Yeah I'm a Prod, from an estate in Northern Ireland - but that doesn't define me. I've got a fucking literature degree - I've read Mansfield Park - okay? I actually quite liked it too. Anyway, I suppose I better go back to the start. 
 
Humour, setting, dialogue, a problem to fix, action, resolution - job done. I'm looking forward to more Jimmy Black stories in future. hopefully featuring a bit of inter-action from the other side of the religious divide.
4 from 5
Simon Maitland has a Facebook presence here and is on Twitter - @simonmaltman  
More Faces his short story collection was enjoyed. Review here.  
Bongo Fury goes on sale today.
Read in June 2017
Published - 2017
Page count - 40
Source - ARC from author.
Format - PDF
 

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