There is a special place in hell for Franco de Monaire, I hope he finds it.
TL;DR – An exciting tale about travelling casino, a crime lord and an insane law man.
RAGDOLL RATING: 4.5/5 BUTTONS
What I thought:
I bought this book because I’ve been given the second and third books in the series to review and I thought I’d take the chance and read the first one to set things up – this was a good call on my part.
The story follows Franco, and his troop of showgirls in their train-mounted wandering casino. The Gamblers Den rolls from town to town along the frontier, bring a night of joy and release to the miserable folks that live there. All is going swimmingly until they hit a town called Windberg, and suddenly everything falls apart.
This book is a bit peculiar for me, in that the ‘main’ character, Franco, is the one I hate most and the supporting cast, who get less of a backstory, I really love. Franco is, with the best will in the world, a jerk! The way he treats Misu – a woman who spent 4 years under the thumb of a disgusting crime lord – is frankly despicable. And hypocritical. Maybe I missed something somewhere, but I fail to see how anybody could read this book and not want to slap Franco so hard he ends up in another dimension.
It’s an exciting tale, full of gun fights and flashbacks and fights between more-or-less-good and evil. It’s a lot of fun. The only thing that bugged me was the occasional use of peculiar language, or where sentences seemed to use words in an order I’m unfamiliar with – but nothing sticks out enough for me to remember specifics so it can’t have been that big a deal.
I’m looking forward to the next book!
Please note: I am in no way affiliated with the author or publishers. I bought this book with my own money for my own reasons. The opinions contained within are my own and have not been influenced by any external entity!