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I enjoyed the first book as the author hit the sweet spot for Buck making him ornery yet humorous and endearing. In this book, however, I thought Buck came across as simply mean, bordering on sadistic. Thus, the lines intended to be humorous fell flat, and the plentiful swearing came across as vulgar rather than funny. The book also involved an alternating timeline that made the story harder to follow. Finally, the book employs numerous derogatory comments about minorities that, while in context for the time and place depicted, can be offensive to the modern ear, decreasing enjoyment of the narrative.
Loved it. I want to listen to this again right now. The story went back and forth between Buck's past and present battles against a master criminal named Elijah. As as always there is lots of violence, shooting and black humor. I laughed out loud near the end when Buck hits Elijah with his walker and Elijah says "What are you going to do next? spit your dentures at me?" The combination of weird situations, bloody violence and humor reminds me of Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarantino.