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Slide PDF, ePub eBook In a hilarious sequel to Bust, fugitive Angela Petrakos hooks up with a serial killer in Ireland, while failed New York businessman Max Fisher finds a new calling as a crack dealer. But will their paths cross again? Original.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Still

    I'm telling you - these two characters, Max & Angela have got to be the two luckiest criminals in crime-lit history. Max has to be the stupidest criminal in crime-lit history while Angela has to have the worst taste in men in crime-lit history. These books are really in the black-humor category but "Slide" is the most violent in the series I've read so far. I'm rating this 4 stars because I'm too ashamed for liking it so much to give it 5 stars. Highly recommended fun-read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    Max Fisher, the business man from Bust, is back and is a crack dealer. Felicia, a stripper from Bust, is his woman. Meanwhile, Angela is back in Ireland and has hooked up with a psychopath calling himself Slide. Slide's goal in life is to become the next big serial killer. Throw in a cop that's seeking revenge on Fisher for the cop killed in Bust and you have Slide. Slide, while not as good as Bust, is a pretty good read. It's a little light on Angela but Max is a more interesting character anywa Max Fisher, the business man from Bust, is back and is a crack dealer. Felicia, a stripper from Bust, is his woman. Meanwhile, Angela is back in Ireland and has hooked up with a psychopath calling himself Slide. Slide's goal in life is to become the next big serial killer. Throw in a cop that's seeking revenge on Fisher for the cop killed in Bust and you have Slide. Slide, while not as good as Bust, is a pretty good read. It's a little light on Angela but Max is a more interesting character anyway. He's as delightfully sleazey as ever and has no idea how ridiculous he's become, thinking he's like Scarface. Slide's fairly interesting. Angela is still Angela. Slide probably won't win any awards but it's a fun story and a hilarious entry in the Hard Case series. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to Max and Angela in The Max.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    I had fun reading this novel, but i sure wouldn't recommend it. It was worth a few chuckles, and I read it so quickly it felt more like a short story than a novel, but there were too many goofy moments. I'm pretty sure the authors took turns killing each other off in two of the chapters. Cute . . . actually too cute, kind of like when Hard Case crime books were mentioned in the narrative, with the author(s) noting; 'boy, those guys sure know how to sell books using tits on the cover.' I am going I had fun reading this novel, but i sure wouldn't recommend it. It was worth a few chuckles, and I read it so quickly it felt more like a short story than a novel, but there were too many goofy moments. I'm pretty sure the authors took turns killing each other off in two of the chapters. Cute . . . actually too cute, kind of like when Hard Case crime books were mentioned in the narrative, with the author(s) noting; 'boy, those guys sure know how to sell books using tits on the cover.' I am going to read more Hard Case books, but Bust won't be next on my list.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lars

    The German title of this book is 'Crack', which is quite unimaginative, as the protagonist of the novel is a crack dealer. On the other hand, the German title hits the essence of this fast read very well, because the book itself makes the impression as if it was written under the influence of drugs. Fast and crazy dialogues and freaked out characters are the main ingredients of this story, not to forget the nasty violence. Although these may be the main components of the Hard Case Crime-series, The German title of this book is 'Crack', which is quite unimaginative, as the protagonist of the novel is a crack dealer. On the other hand, the German title hits the essence of this fast read very well, because the book itself makes the impression as if it was written under the influence of drugs. Fast and crazy dialogues and freaked out characters are the main ingredients of this story, not to forget the nasty violence. Although these may be the main components of the Hard Case Crime-series, to my taste, the authors overdid the Pulp-style considerably. There is no character during the 200 pages who isn't gone nuts, a psychopath or a maniac. This makes it a fast read, but also lacks the classy style of the original Pulp-novels. The fact that the authors took reference to themselves and the HCC-series a few times adds to the off-hook nature of the book. OK, but, in my view, too freaked out.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mr. Matt

    Slide picks up the story of Max and Angela after the events in Bust. I was somewhat disappointed in the story. The first book had been so much fun and I was looking forward to more of the same. Unfortunately I felt like a kid who had had one too many pieces of candy after Halloween. Whereas the scenarios and situations that the characters found themselves in were laugh out loud funny in Bust, they were kind of annoying in Slide. The characters were just as flawed and still sociopaths, only now I Slide picks up the story of Max and Angela after the events in Bust. I was somewhat disappointed in the story. The first book had been so much fun and I was looking forward to more of the same. Unfortunately I felt like a kid who had had one too many pieces of candy after Halloween. Whereas the scenarios and situations that the characters found themselves in were laugh out loud funny in Bust, they were kind of annoying in Slide. The characters were just as flawed and still sociopaths, only now I found it harder to read about them. On a final note, I found the twists and turns almost too contrived - it felt like the authors were forcing it. In Bust the story felt reasonably plausible. In Slide I had to suspend my sense of disbelief. Two and a half stars rounded up to three.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John of Canada

    There were several laugh aloud moments for me,mostly involving Max-sorry,The M.A.X.There were also several moments of horrible violence.The Bruen team seem to have something against the most innocent characters.I will read the read of this series and probably hope for more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Justinthunderliger

    Didn't know this was the sequel to "Bust" until I started reading it. We catch up with the 2 scumbags that made it out of the last dog pile, this time they're hooking up with a new cast of human trash, or getting dirtier themselves. Based on the last book, I thought someone would go down a water slide, or go to a wedding reception to do the electric slide, or maybe solve math problems without a calculator using a slide rule. None such thing, thankfully. The attempts at black humor were a bit clu Didn't know this was the sequel to "Bust" until I started reading it. We catch up with the 2 scumbags that made it out of the last dog pile, this time they're hooking up with a new cast of human trash, or getting dirtier themselves. Based on the last book, I thought someone would go down a water slide, or go to a wedding reception to do the electric slide, or maybe solve math problems without a calculator using a slide rule. None such thing, thankfully. The attempts at black humor were a bit clunkier this time around, but not completely awful. It was still interesting enough to waste a few hours on, and the conversational narrative was easily digestible. Not entirely offensive, but not my favorite book, either.

  8. 5 out of 5

    David

    Even moreso than its predecessor, Bust, Slide succeeds or fails (depending on your point of view) as noir comedy. The novel's third-person narrative is filtered through the minds of half a dozen characters, all of whom are caricatures and only one of whom (police detective Joe Miscali) is not a blathering moron. The idiocy and the jokes (which are often one and the same) come in an unrelenting stream. Though I found Bust a more satisfying novel, especially in its plotting, I cannot deny that Sli Even moreso than its predecessor, Bust, Slide succeeds or fails (depending on your point of view) as noir comedy. The novel's third-person narrative is filtered through the minds of half a dozen characters, all of whom are caricatures and only one of whom (police detective Joe Miscali) is not a blathering moron. The idiocy and the jokes (which are often one and the same) come in an unrelenting stream. Though I found Bust a more satisfying novel, especially in its plotting, I cannot deny that Slide was entertaining.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Regan Sharp

    What it lacks in compelling characters, eloquent prose, or clever plot lines, it makes up for with a relentless onslaught of violence, misogyny, homophobia, hardcore pornography, stereotypical caricatures, cringe-inducing dialogue, absurd scenarios and copious drug use. It's a fast, easy read that doesn't require much from it's audience other than a strong stomach for the obscene. I found it to be the perfect selection for where I read most of it: on the crapper.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    Wow, there are few Hard Case Crime books that haven't worked for me. This collaboration by Irishman Bruen and American Starr is one of them. It's the second book in a trilogy, but seriously... that had nothing to do with it. I just hated it. There just really aren't words for how much. I decided I would try to say something nice about it, but I have nothing nice to say. Wow. Really amazing. Just...wow.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I almost wanted to give this book two stars just for sheer ridiculousness, but I couldn't bring myself to it. All of the characters are completely inane. The plot is all over the place, and even less coherent than the first novel of the series. One might question why, after reading the first book, I continued on to read the sequel. The only reason is that I bought them both at the same time, and didn't want it to go to waste. In any case, it will never happen again.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    Rubbish, absolute rubbish. One of those books where the psycho killer is some cool hipster with a kinky sex scene going on. The best thing about this book was that I managed to sell it to some old dusty bookstore where it shall stay for the rest of its useless years.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jamma

    I found this even better than Bust. Laughed out loud at times. Think Max is hysterical and suppose I shouldn't like his character but can't help myself. My first experience with these kind of Noir books. Can anyone recommend others that are as dark and funny?? Now reading The Max

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Well, I decided to continue the "Max and Angela" series by Ken Bruen and Jason Starr with the second novel "Slide." I'm not sure it was a great idea, but here goes the review, anyway. The formula for "Slide" is simple--more. More satire. More over the top...everything. More unlikable characters. Just. After splitting up Max and Angela--Max ends up hitting bottom (kind of literally) in the rural south before becoming a crack kingpin (or so he thinks) back in New York...and Angela moves "hom Well, I decided to continue the "Max and Angela" series by Ken Bruen and Jason Starr with the second novel "Slide." I'm not sure it was a great idea, but here goes the review, anyway. The formula for "Slide" is simple--more. More satire. More over the top...everything. More unlikable characters. Just. After splitting up Max and Angela--Max ends up hitting bottom (kind of literally) in the rural south before becoming a crack kingpin (or so he thinks) back in New York...and Angela moves "home" to Ireland and finds herself in a relationship with a(nother) serial killer. The two storylines only cross briefly towards the end of the novel. I believe that the authors split up "Slide" to work more efficiently. The "Angela and Slide" chapters appear to be Bruen's work. The "Max and Kyle" chapters are Starr's work. That's just an educated guess from me. I'd say I liked the Starr chapters better, though not the story within them--as Max Fisher is the most deluded asshole I've seen in print since "A Confederacy of Dunces" (a much superior work of fiction). Bruen's style gets on my nerves, as does his overuse of Irish slang. It might be gritty and realistic, but it's not fun to read. And the new main character "Slide," isn't all that interesting. He's just a wannabe monster eager to come to the land of monsters (meaning New York) to play. Another educated guess of mine is that both of the authors get offed by Slide as minor characters in the book. If only life imitated art. Heh. There are also some shots taken (a.k.a. Easter eggs) about Hard Case Crime kinds of books. "Slide" is a mish-mash of stereotypes, one-dimensional nonsense, easy targets, and plot points that make it very hard to suspend disbelief. As in "Bust," the characters are lacking in any real narrative value. It just becomes, "Oh, what horrid thing will they do next? Really? That? Sigh." Overall, the writing isn't that bad, it's just the subject matter and the approach that seem way off. As before, imagining Angela in some future movie version of these books is one of the few things that let me get through reading these books. Hey, at least they're not very long.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrew F

    Make that 3 and a half stars. Slide is a quick read, funny and engaging and mostly continues the fun of the first book, Bust. However, I do have some issues with it. Firstly, the tone is too silly in my opinion. The first book was blackly funny, with endless double crosses and endless stupidity on the part of the characters, but within the realms of believability. It reminded me of the movie Fargo. Here, it's much less credible, almost like a very dark sitcom. It does build on many elements in the Make that 3 and a half stars. Slide is a quick read, funny and engaging and mostly continues the fun of the first book, Bust. However, I do have some issues with it. Firstly, the tone is too silly in my opinion. The first book was blackly funny, with endless double crosses and endless stupidity on the part of the characters, but within the realms of believability. It reminded me of the movie Fargo. Here, it's much less credible, almost like a very dark sitcom. It does build on many elements in the first book, so there is also an accumulated-ridiculousness that begins to really pile up. I just can't think of this version of Max Fischer as being a "real person" and not a character in an edgy sitcom. There's a reference to Hard Case Crime, a reference to a guy who is a cover model for Crimespree looking a bit like a cut-price Fabio, and incredibly enough Ken Bruen himself makes a cameo appearance. This is just a bit too far for me. The new characters not drawn with much depth either. Max and Angela continue to be fine, but we barely get any real insight into characters like Slide, Felicia or Kyle. Having said all that, the story continues to be highly entertaining and I particularly liked the stream-of-consciousness power rants of the now-cocaine addled (and crack-addled) Max Fischer, who has no idea how far gone he is. In some respects this whole turn for the character reminded me of Breaking Bad.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Written with incredible comedic angst, this story is a lunatic ride through the streets of Brooklyn. It helps to have read the first book so you really have a feel for how these two sorry humans began, but you could also read this book by itself. A year has gone by since internet tycoon Max asked his busty secretary Angela to find him a hit man to off his wife. Of course, Max never planned on hiring a psychopathic hit man and didn't realize that Angela was also banging this hitman. Now, not only Written with incredible comedic angst, this story is a lunatic ride through the streets of Brooklyn. It helps to have read the first book so you really have a feel for how these two sorry humans began, but you could also read this book by itself. A year has gone by since internet tycoon Max asked his busty secretary Angela to find him a hit man to off his wife. Of course, Max never planned on hiring a psychopathic hit man and didn't realize that Angela was also banging this hitman. Now, not only has the world caved in on Max, but he wakes hungover in a wifebeater Tshirt in some Nowheresville Alabama town. From there Max becomes the número uno crack dealer in Manhattan with his own sushi chef. This book is obviously in many ways a hysterical parody and it almost makes you laugh out loud. Meanwhile, Angela has been living in Ireland and showing off her assets, trying to land her meal ticket. Of course, she ends up playing house with a serial killer and probably the meanest serial killer you ever heard of. Great fun in this book as these two Crawl through crazy adventures and, yes, they do meet again in New York and there are definitely some fireworks when they meet.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    Angela Petrakos and Max Fisher are cancer. Self centered, deluded, morally bankrupt...Slide is part of the continuing saga of the destruction of all those around them. The only way this book is bearable is that it is written as the blackest of comedies. Ken Bruen and Jason Starr are at play here and having a grand time-they even write themselves into the novel, and promptly kill themselves off. I do not think you have to read this series in order (the first book is called Bust) to enjoy them. I Angela Petrakos and Max Fisher are cancer. Self centered, deluded, morally bankrupt...Slide is part of the continuing saga of the destruction of all those around them. The only way this book is bearable is that it is written as the blackest of comedies. Ken Bruen and Jason Starr are at play here and having a grand time-they even write themselves into the novel, and promptly kill themselves off. I do not think you have to read this series in order (the first book is called Bust) to enjoy them. I did enjoy Slide a thousand percent more than Bust-perhaps Bruen and Starr have hit their stride with this second installment.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jordan McPeek

    Psychos can be funny. Sure, why not? Not huge on plot for a crime novel but it's so much fun watching them, Max especially, pinball around spouting hilarious rapid-fire psycho logic. Short fast read, brutal in parts. As with many comic novels, I highly recommend the audiobook version. The dialogue gets so much funnier when it's delivered by a trained performer who nails the accents, the emotion, and the comic timing. Reminds me of Tim Dorsey's Serge Storms books, although a bit more hardboiled a Psychos can be funny. Sure, why not? Not huge on plot for a crime novel but it's so much fun watching them, Max especially, pinball around spouting hilarious rapid-fire psycho logic. Short fast read, brutal in parts. As with many comic novels, I highly recommend the audiobook version. The dialogue gets so much funnier when it's delivered by a trained performer who nails the accents, the emotion, and the comic timing. Reminds me of Tim Dorsey's Serge Storms books, although a bit more hardboiled and little less absurd.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    The authors try really, really hard to be shocking and daring and blackly funny, but they mostly just succeed in being unpleasant and puerile and annoying. I don't think I've ever encountered work by any artist or performer in any field who was actively trying to shock that actually did shock me while also doing something interesting. Tell me a real story, a story worth reading for its own sake, and leave the juvenile, sniggering shock tactics alone.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    The sex and violence is at times excessive, but the story isn’t really meant to be taken seriously, and the authors have their tongues stuck firmly in their cheeks most of the time. The story arc concerning Max is more interesting than that of Angela.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bill Telfer

    Bruen and Starr give us an improbable sequal to Bust -- and it is one wacky ride. I fell backwards into this "Max & Anjela" series (written as originals for the Hard Case Crime imprint) and I am loving it. Can't wait for the next one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Martin Sharp

    A perfect blend of the two authors. On the face of it this is a crime noir thriller but.....with a central character like Max (aka The M.A.X.) It's a hilarious romp blending the best of American and Irish writing

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Wasn't a fan. I found the male lead unbearable. It did the trick in being a quick read to get started again.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wheeler

    All portions written in the cokehead Max perspective are far too hard to read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Anderson

    Humorous but violent quick read

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    Violent, obscene and very, very funny. Looking forward to the next in the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    This series is hilarious. This one isn’t as good as the first,(Bust). But the characters are a glorious clusterfuck of bad choices and delusional viewpoints.

  28. 4 out of 5

    David Caldwell

    I am only about halway finished with this book but wanted to go ahead and start my review anyway.This is the second book of a trilogy but all of the books seem to be stand alone stories.Usually you can't go wrong with Hard Case books, but this is not the case with this one(and I am guessing the other 2 in the series). First off if you aren't a fan of vulgar language, do not read this book.Allof the characters are vulgar, both in the way they talk and their actions.In addition to being drains on s I am only about halway finished with this book but wanted to go ahead and start my review anyway.This is the second book of a trilogy but all of the books seem to be stand alone stories.Usually you can't go wrong with Hard Case books, but this is not the case with this one(and I am guessing the other 2 in the series). First off if you aren't a fan of vulgar language, do not read this book.Allof the characters are vulgar, both in the way they talk and their actions.In addition to being drains on society and contaminating the gene pool, all of the characters are morons.Naturally they believe they are all genuises and that everyone else is the moron.Truthfull I am not sure if the authors have the characters spouting so many vulgar statements(again in word choice and in meaning) to prove how stupid the characters are or if the authors are just proving their own lack of intelligence and talent. All of the characters are obsessed with sex, drugs, alcohol, murder, or some combination of these.I would describe the plot, but so far I haven't seen one.I do not really see how the authors can manage to make this a worthwhile read in the second half.But since the point of the book seems to be getting the 2 characters from the first book back together and they still haven't even made it to the same continent, I will continue to slog through this book.(At least if goes fast, since you don't have to follow a plot or care about these idiots.)Just finished and not surprisingly, they did not pull off a miracle save.The only good thing I can say is that most of the obnoxious characters died.Unfortunately the main idiots survive to make it to a third book.(Why?) Another thing that set this apart from most Hard case books is that there were several typos in it,as well as several plot holes.I am guessing that even the proofreaders didn't want to read this nonsense.The pulp stories did not rely on vulgar language and excessive violence to make a good story.It seems funny that stories that were considered throw away stories are so much better than something written by two supposedly talented writers so many years later, They really missed the mark with this trash.It is hard to believe that there are 2 other books in this series.I only paid $1.25 for this book.I figure I overpaid by at least $1.21. My recommendation is to stick with almost any other Hard Case book instead of anything by these 2 writers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    I really enjoyed Slide, but it took me about 50 pages for the book to grow on me. At first the humor in the book felt forced and trite. Slide felt like a cheap knockoff of Tim Dorsey's Serge A. Storm novels. The farther into the book I read, the funnier it got though. By 75 pages in, Slide had reached it stride and I devoured it from that point on. Slide is very much character driven and the best characters in the book, for me, were Max and Kyle. From their meeting to their eventual separation, I really enjoyed Slide, but it took me about 50 pages for the book to grow on me. At first the humor in the book felt forced and trite. Slide felt like a cheap knockoff of Tim Dorsey's Serge A. Storm novels. The farther into the book I read, the funnier it got though. By 75 pages in, Slide had reached it stride and I devoured it from that point on. Slide is very much character driven and the best characters in the book, for me, were Max and Kyle. From their meeting to their eventual separation, this odd couple worked for me. I wasn't in love with the Slide character. He came of a stereotypical antagonist to me, but he was a driving force in the finale and therefore imperative to the novel. I also enjoyed Felicia's interactions with her cousin Sha-Sha. I wish that Goodreads would allow me to give a half star rating. Slide really deserves three and a half stars. It is certainly better than a three star book, but I wouldn't go as far a 4 stars. Overall, I was happy with Slide and will be picking up the other two books in the Max and Angela series, Burn and The Max. If you like to laugh and enjoy reading about fucked up people in fucked up situations, then Slide is certainly a book you should check out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pj

    After one (Pimp - admittedly read out of order) that I didn't much care for, but found interesting enough to read more and another (Bust) which I actually enjoyed, comes Slide. I did not care much for it. I didn't feel the pull to keep reading to see what would happen in the same way I did when I read Bust. Here, I think I kept reading because I'd made it far enough that I might as well finish the thing. Also, unlike Bust or Pimp, I don't feel any compulsion to continue on with the adventures of After one (Pimp - admittedly read out of order) that I didn't much care for, but found interesting enough to read more and another (Bust) which I actually enjoyed, comes Slide. I did not care much for it. I didn't feel the pull to keep reading to see what would happen in the same way I did when I read Bust. Here, I think I kept reading because I'd made it far enough that I might as well finish the thing. Also, unlike Bust or Pimp, I don't feel any compulsion to continue on with the adventures of Max. The Angela chapters here were the one saving grace of the book and she appears infrequently. I don't know if I'll read the third (and for me only unread) book in Bruen and Starr's series - at this point the things going for it are that book three is the one my library got to me first and, again, I might as well finish the thing. We'll see.

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