Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday's Forgotten Books: "Tequila Sunrise" by Michael Bracken

I mentioned yesterday my severe annoyance with plagiarists, among other people, stealing my review work. A case in point is the book review book review that author Michael Bracken alerted me earlier this week had been stolen by a website named “Private Investigator Chicago” located online at:

Not only did the thief do a lousy job of stealing my review off of Amazon that was posted in October, 2004, the thief did not credit me as the author of the review. Kind of ironic considering the type of service the site purports to represent.

So, the posting this week for Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott online at: serves two purposes.

One, I am taking back my intellectual property from the thief at the above website. I don’t like plagiarists and am sure Dante reserved a special circle in hell for them.

Two, I am shedding light again on a very good short story collection written by Michael Bracken. If you have not read his books, you should. He is also a very prolific short story wise having been published in a variety of markets.

Besides all that, Michael is an all-around good guy.


Having read and enjoyed very much the novel, "Deadly Campaign" by this author, I have been looking forward to reading this book for quite some time. But, getting my hands on a copy wasn't easy for a number of reasons. Finally, I got one and I wasn't disappointed in this hard hitting collection featuring private Investigator Nathaniel Rose.

The 103-page book is made up of seven complex stories involving Nathaniel Rose and a recurring cast of characters over a significant period of time. In almost every case, the women are sexy, the violence is hard hitting, and Rose gets the crook by any means necessary.

The book opens with the story "Partners" where Rose is nearly killed when his Mustang explodes. He survives and with little idea who wanted him dead, starts looking.

"Fair Warning" follows and is a case involving a missing husband, fast food, and a tantalizing wife.

"Heartbreak Hotel" comes next in the book as well as in the book arc in terms of character development and time, and involves a missing fiancée. Simply making photocopies can get one killed it seems.

"Lucky Seven" is another aptly named story. In this case, seven witnesses can all detail for court how they saw a man kill his wife and her lover. The client just needs to know how good the case is, which on the surface, seems simple enough.

"Even Roses Bleed" revolves around a beautiful woman and her need to have her husband dead. Word on the street is Nathaniel Rose would fit the bill nicely, in more ways than one.

Strippers have always been a hallmark in detective fiction but rarely used to such good effect in "Tequila Sunrise and the Horse."

But after all, for any P.I. the cases are "Only Business." Something to remember in the sometimes stormy waters of love.

With an overall story arc linking the stories in this anthology and providing character development, this book is a very good read and more complex than many novels. The writing style is terse and hard hitting and usually in dialogue form. At the same time, scene descriptions come alive for the reader who will quickly become lost in the murky world of "Bullets, Booze and Broads."

Tequila Sunrise: Hardboiled P.I Nathaniel Rose: Bullets, Booze and Broads

Michael Bracken

Wildside Press


ISBN # 1-58715-252-5

Large Trade Paperback


Material received from the author in exchange for my objective review.

Kevin R. Tipple © 2004, 2010


Evan Lewis said...

Nice job. Don't know why anyone would want to steal a review, but if they were so motivated, this would be a good choice.

Smoothmoves said...

Would stealing your review be considered a form of flattery? I wonder? I will read Tequila Sunrise based on your high recommendation though. Nice picture Kevin....ginger phillips

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Hi, Ginger.....If it is, I get flattered a lot. Good to hear from you.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Just found your comment tonight, Evan. Thank you.