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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Uglytown Productions (December 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966347366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966347364
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 12.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,874,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By richie on April 2 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gun Monkeys is an action packed book about a hit man by the name of Charlie Swift. Charlie is to get ledger books that can bring a mob boss down, but everyone on his side starts disappearing, even his boss. The rest of the book is his journey to find his friends and bring down the mob boss Beggar Johnson.
I really enjoyed the novel because there is never a dull moment. Every time you turn the page something exciting is happening. For example people are always fighting with each other, or shooting at each other, or cussing each other out. It is like a suspenseful it keeps you on the edge of your seat or in this case wanting to read more.
I also liked the language used, because if I would get tired of reading, a bad word would pop up and wake me up. The book had a lot of bad words, so I never really got tired of reading it. It reminded me of movies and real life. The language being so realistic is what kept me reading this excellent novel.
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It seems like every year one of the Edgar committees rescues from obscurity a previously unknown undiscovered work. Many times these works are true gems in the rough uncut state. The nominations tend to bring some prominence to authors most of whom would probably never have been heard from again. For example KJA Wishnia and Margaret Moseley. GUN MONKEYS is that kind of book and Victor Gischler is that kind of author.
Charlie Swift is a thug. He is a hit man for an Orlando gangster named Stan. When the leader of a rival gang wants to move into the territory, he calls for a hit on all of Stan's gang. The result is virtually all of Charlie's friends are killed in the attack. Stan, however, is missing and being the loyal soldier, Charlie devotes his energy into finding Stan and discovering what is going on. The path to the truth will be strewn with the blood of dead bodies.
Victor Gischler is a refreshingly new voice in noir crime fiction. Characters are tough, dialogue is gritty and the violence routine. Most important, he is a helluva good storyteller and his first effort never fails to entertain. The book is not perfect, however. There are several times the story proceeds in an endless fashion and it is quite evident the author didn't know where his characters were taking him. I would think that an editor from a large publisher would have identified and corrected that problem. Nonetheless, Victor Gischler has written an impressive book and one well worthy of Edgar recognition.
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By A Customer on Feb. 24 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I agree with the reviewer below. This is an OK thriller, but the illogical actions of the "hero" ruin any realism. He spends much of the book on the run yet continues to return to a location he deemed unsafe (his mom's house) - this makes no sense. And too often, incidents are initiated for dramatic effect, yet never followed up on or referenced again in any true manner (the run in with the FBI agents in the car and the resulting aftermath is one example). Overall, a quick read but with no depth and requires a complete suspension of belief and logic. Perhaps with his second book, the author will plot a novel that entraps the reader, instead of constantly losing us through careless plotting.
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One of the most impressive debuts I've ever read, Gun Monkeys is a return to the two-fisted days of Mickey Spillaine and Richard Stark, with an important twist-it's funny as hell.
The tone of the book is summed up in the very first line: "I turned the Chrysler onto the Florida Turnpike with Rollo Kramer's headless body in the trunk, and all the time I'm thinking I should've put some plastic down."
If you believe, like I do, that this line is the perfect way to start a book, then buy Gun Monkeys right now. It's noir on nitrous oxide, and will keep you guessing, and laughing, from page one to the slam-bang finale.
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This is a darn good read--a page turner from first to last. I like the premise and the writing so much I hope the author will correct the flaw in his next book.
I read every mystery I can get. Most are entertaining, some are terrific, a few are wonderful, and a handful are magic. I think this author can be terrific, but I expect the protagonist to not make stupid mistakes (such as returning to the same old place he told everybody else to leave--c'mon this is supposed to be an experienced pro) and a hit man to be up-to-date (no cell phone?).
I look forward to the author's next book.
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By Gun Chimp on Nov. 27 2003
Format: Paperback
Gun Monkeys is a great first novel. I picked it up, intrigued by the name, and I didn't put it down till I'd read it from cover to cover. I won't talk too much about what the other guys said, but I will say it is a slam bam crime novel. Filled with suspense and humor I drew looks from people nearby when I laughed out loud at some of the hilarious jokes and scenes. The writing itself is great too. Straight to the point with no nonsense. I eagerly await Gischler's next novel.
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This guy Vic Gischler knows how to write prose that makes you keep reading, even when his main character's a professional killer. Let's say instead, especially when he's a professional killer. Charlie Swift is loyal to his boss, Stan, his mother, and his younger brother Danny and, as well, to his taxidermist girlfriend Marcie who also happens to be the widow of a guy Charlie had to put on ice.
Seems like Charlie's boss goes missing. Seems like other guys in Charlie's crew are getting wasted, as in permanently. Seems like another guy, Beggar Johnson, wants to take over Stan's turf. Charlie manages to miss getting wiped out himself and goes after the guys who killed his compadre Bob. He's got friends--Lou the New Guy and Jimmy the Fix principally. And he's got his wits. Which are pretty sharp judging by the story here.
OK, here's some sacrilege. Gischler claims to have read a lot of John McDonald and been heavily influenced by him, but for my money, he writes better than McDonald who in my opinion a lot of the time is hard to get through--clunky prose that's dated now. But VG's writing is smooth as silk and tough as shoe leather with powder burns.
Nice job.
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