Tuesday 12 July 2011

Book: Beautiful, Naked & Dead by Josh Stallings

When an L.A strip club waitress calls her friend, club bouncer and all-round badass Moses McGuire, asking for help, he figures it’s nothing important and gets distracted by other females at the club. Turning up at her place hours later he discovers her mutilated body and vows to track down the killers.

Riding a wave of guilt and bound by his word to a dead girl Moses sets off on a path that will lead through brothels, mobsters, corrupt cops and sexual deviants as he seeks retribution.

This has explosive scenes of violence, there are shoot-outs and fist fights galore but there are also some lighter moments. When McGuire discovers an abandoned puppy he decides to keep her and becomes a regular down at the dog park where his considerable presence doesn’t go un-noticed amongst the respectable regulars.

Josh Stallings’ self published debut is a breath of fresh air in the series character genre. Here we have a hard drinking, pill popping, womanizing main character with suicidal tendencies who is, very importantly, not a cop. This provides a different perspective to that of the majority of series novels.

A fine introduction to a cool character and a sign of great things to come this is highly recommended for fans of action thrillers.

Ric’s Rating: 76%


  1. ah, that's what happens when you don't come on time!

  2. Yep, too many cops as main characters Alex.
    Dez, with a club full of strippers it was difficult for him to tear himself away!

  3. Very interesting, Ricky. Thanks for the tip. I'll have to keep this one in mind. I don't read as often as I would like, but I am always on the hunt for something refreshingly new.


  4. Very cool review, sounds like my kind of book. Love love the title.

  5. Yeah, I really enjoyed this one -and it is ridiculously cheap on kindle.

  6. James, I hope you enjoy it if you do pick it up.
    Yep, a cool title Jennifer, a cool book all round.
    Michael, you're review was the first place I'd heard of it.

  7. Ricky, you won a hardcover of my book! Please email me your mailing address and let me know if you'd like the book made out to you. :)

  8. It's very different from your usual friendly-neighborhood crime novel. Read it last week and loved every page.

  9. Thanks Jennifer, that's made my day. Email sent.
    Ben, glad you agree and welcome to the blog.


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