Crime Always Pays by Declan Burke is the second in this series. If you haven’t read the first, The Big O, do so before you read Crime Always Pays as much of the humour depends on knowing what has gone before.
This is a book that requires you to pay attention or you’ll miss essential parts of the storyline that add to both humour and plot. It has everything a crime caper needs – gory bits, ridiculous bits and serious bits – but how to review it?
Let’s see – in Crime Always Pays a kidnapping and insurance scam has resulted in a shoot-out, leaving some characters in hospital, others in trouble and still more in need of psychiatric care. The police are on the trail of the money and the perpetrators, but so are other bad guys – and other bad guys, too. Everyone is out to double-cross everyone else and keep (or steal) the money. The humour is as non-stop as the action and the dialogue is simply wonderful.
The cast is sublime (my own head is often full of weird people, but I have to bow to Burke’s superiority when it comes to creating serious screwballs). My personal favourite is Sleeps (who suffers from narcolepsy, but ends up being the main driver for getaways and coming backs and you can imagine how that impacts on the plot).
Buy this book – you’ll love it, but only read it after you’ve devoured The Big O.
I was given a copy of this novel by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The fact that I really enjoyed it was a bonus.