Friday, March 24, 2017

Review: SOMETHING FOR NOTHING by Andy Muir

Publisher Affirm Press
Length 299 pages
Format softcover
Published 2017
Series Lachie Munro #1
My Copy I bought it

My Review
Set in the beach-side town of Newcastle, Something for Nothing is a colorful and darkly humorous crime tale about an unassuming criminal, Lachie Munro who seems to be a beacon for trouble. He poaches abalone when he's not painting houses or throwing back a couple of beers with his mate, and co-poacher, Dave to earn a living. However, a chance encounter with a torso and a wad of heroin brings with it danger and the potential for a payoff too big to ignore. 

Loaded with Australian colloquialisms and encompassing a true Aussie feel, Something for Nothing is a must read for readers of Australian crime fiction. Offering a lighter side to the dark drug trade, author Andy Muir infuses some naivety and nice-guy characteristics into his protagonist making the whole turn of events become plausibly accidental and without menace.

This is the first book to feature painter turned amateur drug dealer Lachie Munro with the author alluding to a return. I'm not sure what is in store for Lachie next but if it's half as fun as Something for Nothing I'll be sure to jump straight on it.

4 / 5 stars. 

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