Thursday, April 11, 2013
Review of The Devil Doesn’t Want Me by Eric Beetner (Dutton Guilt Edged Mysteries, 2012)
The Devil Doesn’t Want Me is a noir, road trip story, tracking the flight of an aging hitman and the daughter of his long-term target as they make their way from New Mexico to Los Angeles. The story is well plotted, with Lars becoming increasing reflexive and the action and tension building as the tale unfolds, and the resolution is nicely played out. There were a couple of points where Lars’ judgement seemed a little off, especially the sojourn into Las Vegas, but they did not detract from the story and worked to create an entertaining set of events. The telling is all show, with a nice mix of dialogue and action, and is darkly humorous at times. The characterisation is strong, as are the social relations between Lars and his younger rival, and with the daughter. Overall, a fun and entertaining read that makes one dream of dashing across the desert in a 66 Mustang.