Review: The Fury of Blacky Jaguar by Angel Luis Colón (5/5)

Great New Voice in Crime Fiction

Let me start with a confession: I love the Singles series from One Eye Press.

At less than $3 ($4 here in Canada) for Kindlegadget version, they offer a lot of hardboiled bang for very little buck. Thing is, the paperbacks are gorgeous, so I kick in the additional $4 plus shipping to order them from the US.

These novellas are just the right size for a quick and satisfying read and the best way to experience great new voices in crime fiction.

Angel Luis Colón is one of those voices. I first came across him over on LitReactor, then he started showing up in my Twitter feed, over on My Bookish Ways and now he’s an editor over on Shotgun Honey. I found myself loving his stuff and it keeps getting better.

The Fury of Blacky Jaguar from One Eye Press

Fast and Fun with a Fuckton of Fights

You know that movie you love that starts hard and then accelerates, never letting you look away, let alone catch your breath? (I’m looking at you Fury Road!) Yeah, The Fury of Blacky Jaguar is exactly like that. All the action is centre-frame and it never lets up.

Blacky Jaguar is an ex-IRA tough guy with a tendency to take things too far. When his beloved Plymouth Fury is stolen, he lays down a swath of destruction starting in Staten Island and ending up in The Bronx. Along the way he doles out the beatings and the wisecracks, trying to stay one step ahead of the authorities.

We can’t help but love Blacky despite (or perhaps because of) the violence, overkill and bad consequences. He is a great, well-developed character and all I want is more. Now.

TFOBJ is tight, well-written and lands like a solid punch to the gut.

 

Head over to angelluiscolon.com, check out his work, hear his voice. Then go buy The Fury of Blacky Jaguar.

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