Killer With A Heart by J.L. Hill is a slambang crime novel centering on a series of episodes in the life of Morris ‘Bullerproof’ Johnson. The author pays homage to Mickey Spillane pulp fiction detective noir, even writing in a first-person to give us that ‘been there smelled that’ atmosphere. We follow Mojo through the seedy cheapy streets of New York as the connected black guy teams up with his Italian goombahs to rip off the Deli Man, a Banana Mob (really, I swear) associate suspected of skimming off the take. There’s a whole lot of tongue-in-cheek here in what comes off as a delightful blaxploitation thrill ride that Quentin Tarantino would salivate over.
The stereotypes are bulldozed into the storylines as Mojo’s ‘in’ (pun somewhat intended) is Deli Man’s daughter Elizabeth, who has a fatal taste for dark meat. The N-word is used as liberally as in a gangsta CD as the Italians don’t take kindly to miscegenation but, hey, this is the 18th century getting hammered into the 21st. Yet they’re about to slip on a banana peel (man, cain’t help it!) as they slip and slide back into Sixties street jive. Mojo becomes the Millenials’ John Shaft as he shoots, boots and scoots his way through all them Guidos straight into the final reel.
If you haven’t sat down and wallowed in a good pulp fiction novel lately. You need to pick this up. Killer With A Heart by J.L. Hill is a taste of Little Italy you won’t forget.
This is my twenth book I have read from Goodreads. I found that this book had you wanting to read it and not putting it down till the end. This story has it all in it. There is a love story,murder,fighting the mob. The story is about a young gang of kids that steal money from the mob and it leads to murder. The mob fails to kill Morris Johnson(Mojo),which is a big mistake for the mob. I will not tell you the rest of story. This book is for adults that likes crime fighting scenes with graphics. I would like to thank goodreads, and the author for signing my book and sending bookmakers and postcards.
This book wasn't too bad. It had a nice flow and good plot points, I did find it hard to get into at first and there were things that total gross me out. This book has a little of everything in it romance, passion, hate, confusion, mob, killing, action, love, murder, and gangs to name a few. It isn’t like any book I have ever read. I do find it to be believable and most likely some of these things have happen in real life. I have to say this book blows my mind, it is in an area I know little about. All in all it was worth the read, I didn’t care for some of the details or the language.
This is a story of a kid in a gang that steals more than money from the mob. In return they want him dead. The mob takes out a hit but the hit man end up dead, that doesn’t stop the mob nor does it stop Morris from taking what he wants. In return the mob kills people close to Morris. Morris takes that as an all out war and people start dropping like flies. Morris shows the mobs they have pick on the wrong man in more ways than one. I really can’t go into more or it would give the story away. I will say there are a lot of twist and turns along with a lot of action.
Most of the people have more than one name and at times it is a little confusing who that person is. You do not always know at first who is talking and have to back track so it is a little confusing but with some editing it would be find. I do feel this does not take away from the book at all. I am sorry but I have to say this when someone takes a dump in your mouth that is just way too much for me lol. It isn’t a book I am sorry I read for I did enjoy most of it.
Admittedly, it took me a little to get into this novel, as the syntax was unusual for me – I wasn’t always certain that interpreted errors were actual errors. But once I got the flow of it, it flew. The writing is dense and intense, simultaneously richly coloured and dark. It's a world with which I have no connexion, yet Mr. Hill brings it alive, and lends to it the universality of the human condition.
The protagonist – Mojo – is highly intelligent and resourceful, and is at once wasted as a gangster and yet suited to it. Like the writing, he is rough and raw; shining and elevated.
Boys and girls and gangs and mob. What fun! A planned heist unintentionally touches the mob, and the mob hits back against Mojo’s young gang. That’s a mistake. No spoilers, though. Enough to say it’s a hell of a ride.