Review: Getting Ugly by Mike McCrary

26 Mar

I just finished Getting Ugly, the just now published new novella from Mike McCrary.

I must say that after just a little bit of difficulty at the beginning sorting out characters and plot direction, the book became a relentlessly enjoyable read that I could and did not put down until the ending sentence.

Now, Getting Ugly is unusual. It’s not really about character or even about a main character (though one particular x-FBI agent comes closest to being the protagonist). And, the plot is not particularly complicated. No this book is about Getting Ugly, or getting this really bad guy named, “The Big Ugly.”

That is really it. McCrary gives us a lot of really good examples of what a horrible, criminal, cruel and dangerous guy Big Ugly is and why a large amount of people both in the gangster and the government/police world want to get to him and his treasure and then it is …. on.

The gangster war lords and the some corrupt federal and local undercover law enforcement officers assemble a crew of professional soldiers and assassins, then go to Big Ugly’s lair and then there is a long long battle with much death and destruction and a clever ending.

So basically the book is a short set up and then a long siege and battle.

And very fun to read.

The writing crackles and the action sequences are beautifully written. McCrary introduces some fascinating original characters in his assassin’s army, especially a madly in love male/female team of homicidal maniacs.


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