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Booklocker, 2003, 173 pp.
ISBN: 1591131529

Life in Chicago has not been easy for Johnny Style, but he has always made the best of it even growing up with a drunk of a father. The Mayor, whichever Daley or crony is in charge, should have declared the Style family as a disaster area as Johnny's school days were filled with punks, young hoods, and wannabe wise guys such as Santana Santiago a high school drug dealer. Thus Johnny knows the lowlifes including his family who fail to reach the bottom rung of the social food chain. Perhaps that is why Johnny is a cynic expecting the worst from everyone.
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Johnny has always bent and broke rules so he applies his best skill at a profession that makes great use of breaking and entering; he becomes a private sleuth. Though he knows death first hand, Johnny feels helpless when he watches his only real pal Jimmy die. Jimmy's death sends Johnny seeking revenge against his high school archenemy Santiago, who has turned into an adult drug dealing punk. To Santiago, the game of vengeance started with Anita Nicole Anders.

This gritty urban noir stars a very pessimistic (that's being optimistic) individual whom readers will not like due to his gloomy persona. Johnny Style is as negative of a lead character as one might find in a novel. The talent of Patrick K. Jassoy is that this powerful story line amidst the mean streets that Bueller would avoid catches the attention of the audience from the start and never lets go until the final confrontation. It is easy to appreciate the author even though it isn't easy to root for anyone.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

Johnny Style, a down-on-his-luck private detective and glib tongued cynic, tries to come to grips with a past he'd thought he'd left just there.
Join Johnny as he tracks a resurfaced killer from his past.
Written in the tradition of the great pulps with a modern spin.
The review of this Book prepared by P. Jassoy

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   vigilante getting revenge General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   drug dealers

Main Character

Gender    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas    -   descript. of male nudity Unusual forms of death    -   hanging    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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