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First things first, this is not a book for the faint-hearted or the easily offended. I listened to it on audio when I was walking my dogs and there were times when I felt myself blushing from what I was listening to … ON MY HEADPHONES! I kept thinking “If people only knew what I was listening to now, they’d be shocked.” This is some hard-core, graphic writing … and hearing it read out loud makes it seem even more so. (By the way, Michael Kramer has the perfect voice for the material … with a kind of WTF/seen it all, done it all attitude.) The basic story deals with a love triangle between two pot dealers and their girl and what happens when they run awry of a Mexican drug cartel and the girl gets kidnapped. The writing—despite its bluntness and graphic descriptions—was good and often very funny. But this is by no means a “feel good” book. And if people in SoCal are really like the characters in this book, then I’m staying the hell away.
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I see most people found this book a bit trite, but living in San Diego, I felt a connection to this story. I know these people. The story took place in places I see every day. I particularly liked the narration too. He took some liberties, where other narrations tend to be pretty dry. However, the narrator betrayed himself by screwing up some of the spanish names that a real californian would never screw up, ie: Cajone is not pronounced with a j sound. There were several of these. If you are from the east coast, I can see why you wouldnt connect to this book. When I hear narrative about mexican drug gangs operating in the neighborhoods where I live, it does become more exciting. I immediately went out to read his other stories set in San Diego, Frankie Machine and Dawn Patrol, and liked those books too.
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