Reviewed by Valerie Dorsey
My first time reading this author and this was a surprisingly satisfying read for me! I adore horror, that is what I usually read, but once I got into this one I couldn’t put it down.
This story revolves around greed. Even people that have a good thing going, a business, feel they want/need more. Marijuana money floating out there in the city, and with the dispensaries not being able to put it in a bank, gives people ideas. The cast of characters are great, believable, and they work with what they know from the streets. And the countdown begins, the body count rises, until there is one! “Money’s money!”
Welcome to California. Weed is legal. Grow it. Sell it. Smoke it. Eat it. But the money you make off it—there’s the rub. Bank it, and the Feds will ask questions. Keep it around, and you’ll get robbed. LaDon and Jessie—two hustlers who make selling primo weed a regular gig—hire a private security detail to move and hold their money. Ex-soldiers Glanson and Echo target the cash—they start a ripoff business.
It’s the wild, wild west. Except this time, everybody’s high.
With their guns and guts, Glanson and Echo don’t expect much trouble from a mean son-of-a-gun like LaDon Charles. But that’s exactly what they get. In this industry, no matter how much money there is for the taking—and no matter who gets it—there’s always somebody counting backwards…to zero.
From acclaimed pulp writer Matt Phillips, Countdown is a head-spinning hit of Southern California’s lucrative and not-quite-regulated marijuana industry.
Praise for COUNTDOWN:
“A slab of rare pulp, served nice and bloody. Countdown reads like an homage to Elmore Leonard from one of the hottest new voices on the crime fiction scene.” —Anthony Neil Smith, author of Yellow Medicine and All the Young Warriors
Praise for the Books by Matt Phillips
“Matt Phillips speaks fluently the language of the dispossessed… His whiskey-soaked prose can at times be as slick as a man slinging snake-oil, and other times as brutal as a baseball bat to the head.” —Eryk Pruitt, author of Hashtag and Dirtbags
“Phillips’ writing is so multi-layered and deep… An author to watch out for.” —Regular Guy Reading Noir
Received a BS degree in Marketing from Indiana University 1982. Have worked in the retail business for the last 19yrs. Raised 4 children, 3 have graduated college. I love animals and reading. Reading has become as much a part of my life as eating! If it’s not done a couple times a day, I feel starved!
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