Sunday, March 11, 2007

Victor Gischler's "Shotgun Opera"

About Victor Gischler's Shotgun Opera, from the publisher:
Mike Foley can never forget the night he tagged along with his brother on a job for the mob that ended in a hail of bullets. Now his brother is dead, Mike’s making wine in Oklahoma, and life is almost as good as it gets when you’ve been hiding out for forty years. Until his past comes calling.

Mike’s nephew Andrew needs to disappear, and he needs to do it yesterday. Hanging with the wrong kind of friends, he’s seen something he shouldn’t have, and now he’s running for his life with an assassin on his trail. The consummate professional hit woman, Nikki Enders is the most lethal of a deadly sisterhood. And Andrew Foley is next on her extermination list. Unless Uncle Mike can stop her. As kill teams descend on Foley’s farm, one pissed-off ex—tough guy is about to take a final, all-or-nothing stand with shotguns blazing....
Read an excerpt from Shotgun Opera and see how the Page 69 Test served the novel.

Among the reviews and endorsements:
"Gischler's best book since Gun Monkeys is a sinfully-delicious orgy of violence, thrills and dark humor. Nobody does comic noir like this guy. Nobody."
--Crime Fiction Dossier

"Shotgun Opera is a book full of violence. It moves fast and with purpose and is unrelenting. It’s a story that started years ago and is finally ending now. It’s a story about family and obligations. But more than anything else it is a hell of a book."

"With a name like Shotgun Opera how can it not be entertaining. Action, guns, revenge and humor Shotgun Opera has it all."
--Brian Lindenmuth,

"[A] fast-moving chase novel with a really high body count, which is only to be expected when you're dealing with 'the most dangerous woman in the world'.... If you haven't read anything by Victor Gischler yet, you're missing out."
--Bill Crider
Before Shotgun Opera, Victor Gischler published three novels: Gun Monkeys, which was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best first novel, The Pistol Poets, and Suicide Squeeze.

Duane Swiercyznski interviewed Gischler for the "The Skiatook Sessions, Pt. 1" and "The Skiatook Sessions, Pt. 2".

Check out Victor Gischler's Blogpocalypse to learn more about his books and stories.

--Marshal Zeringue