Go Down Hard

Craig Faustus Buck. Brash (brash-books.com), $14.99 trade paper (322p) ISBN 978-1-941298-70-1
From Hollywood Hills mansions to porn factories in the Valley, freelance journalist Nob Brown uncovers deeply buried family secrets that lead to murder in Buck's first novel, a solid romp through territory that Raymond Chandler first put on the map. The 20th anniversary of the shooting of pop singer Lana Strain—Nob's teenage dream girl—starts the investigation. Soon Nob encounters Lana's daughter Ginger, posing as her mother for live cybersex sessions—and more murder and attempts at murder. He's up against a crooked lawyer, Russian mobsters, shrinks, former band members, and Lana's other, more attractive daughter. Behind Nob stand a cop girlfriend, a quirky assistant, and an ex-wife. Readers will find nothing profoundly original, but all the i's are dotted for fans of the form, including Marlow-esque banter. When a female porn exec who has a movie poster on her wall showing her practically nude asks Nob whether he has never seen a CEO portrait before, he quips, "They're usually wearing a watch." (May)
Reviewed on: 05/04/2015
Release date: 05/01/2015
Genre: Fiction
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