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  • 05/2016
  • 9780996776332
  • 296 pages
  • $2.98
Ben Broeren
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A Racket in the Burbs
Ben Broeren, author
Plot/Idea: 4 out of 10
Originality: 4 out of 10
Prose: 5 out of 10
Character/Execution: 5 out of 10
Overall: 4.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Broeren treads little new ground in his depiction of strip club bouncer Ron McCallister and exotic dancer Carey Sullivan, who predictably form a relationship despite threats from Chicago area gangsters in 2008.  The stereotypical collusion of civic officials with conventionally despicable criminals and the repetitive killings are familiar genre elements, and are less appealing than the often quirky dialogue of the main characters.  Too often, the author describes, rather than develops, character background.  Broeren's steady pacing provides interesting reading, yet the melodramatic note of menace at the conclusion feels contrived.

Date Submitted: July 13, 2016

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 05/2016
  • 9780996776332
  • 296 pages
  • $2.98

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