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Frank Sinatra In A Blender by Matthew McBride

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2012 by C. J. Edwards

FrankSo I feel a little guilty for a couple of reasons. First, because it has been so long since I’ve posted anything on this here blog. About every week during the last few months I kept meaning to get some irresistible posts out there but just haven’t for one reason or another. The second reason is that I read a book back in September that impressed the hell out of me and I am only now just posting about it. So with all due apologies to those of you who actually read my random thoughts, here is what I thought of Frank Sinatra In A Blender by Matthew McBride.

I was first introduced to Matthew McBride’s writing when I was invited to a Noir At The Bar hosted by Frank Bill and Jedidiah Ayres. McBride read his story The Tar Hole from Noir At The Bar’s second collection of short stories. The Tar Hole is the shit and is both funny and disturbing from one paragraph to the next. By the end I knew I was going to have to grab his brand new novel Frank Sinatra In A Blender.

I was not disappointed. FSIAB is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It takes the hardboiled detective story, kicks its ass, and drags it into the 21st Century. McBride is Chandler, Hammett, and Himes all grown up in 2012. His character Nick Valentine, armed with a sawed off shotgun and a chainsaw, is a real son of a bitch that you can’t help but root for in this alcohol and oxy fueled jaunt through the streets of St. Louis filled with bank robberies and murder. Also, it has a cute pooch named Frank Sinatra, what a kick ass name for a dog.

One of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much is that McBride has been gifted with the ability to make you cringe and laugh all at the same time. FSIAB is filled with great one-liners alongside disturbing images of violence that complement each other creating a fantastic and exciting read. The best of these is the best description of a mustache I have ever read. For this line alone you should put this book at the top of your reading list.

From what I understand, McBride has completed his second novel and it sound like it will be just as good if not better than the first. I for one will be itching to get my hands on it as soon as it appears.