Sunday, August 05, 2012

What is Lou Berney reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Lou Berney, author of Whiplash River and Gutshot Straight.

His entry begins:
A couple of weeks ago I finished Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo, one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. It’s an incredibly moving, funny, and harrowing non-fiction account of life in one particular slum in Mumbai – an examination of both global capitalism and the human spirit (every aspect of the human spirit, good and bad)....[read on]
About Whiplash River, from the publisher:
Having left his life of crime behind, former getaway driver Charles "Shake" Bouchon has finally realized the dream of owning his own restaurant in Belize. Unfortunately, to do so he's had to go deep in debt to a murderous local drug lord named Baby Jesus. And when Shake thwarts an attempted hit on an elderly customer named Quinn, things go from bad to worse.

Next thing Shake knows, his restaurant's gone up in flames and he's on the run from Baby Jesus, two freelance assassins, and a beautiful but ferocious FBI agent. Out of options, Shake has to turn to the mysterious Quinn for help. Suddenly Shake's up to his neck in a dangerous score that he'll never pull off unless he can convince an even more dangerous ex-girlfriend to join him.
Learn more about the book and author at Lou Berney's website and blog, and the Whiplash River Facebook page.

The Page 69 Test: Gutshot Straight.

Writers Read: Lou Berney.

--Marshal Zeringue