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Just as fun as the first time I read it. This guy does great characters, dialog, and story lines. If you like 1980's and 1990's action movies by guys like Walter Hill you'll love this guy's books.
This book is in my top five of cop versus bad dude. Pure pulp. Super violence. Warning: NOT FOR THE SENSITIVE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
First, a bit of background about this series of novels. Stephen Hunter has two main characters: Earl Swagger, a veteran of WWII, a state trooper, tough, quiet, capable, tormented. Earl has a son, Bob Lee, who follows in his father's footsteps in most things. In Vietnam, Bob Lee (trained as a sniper) is known as Bob the Nailer. The first novel in the Bob Lee series starts twenty years later, when he is reluctantly drawn out of retirement.Here's the challenge: Hunter jumps around in time, and back...
Lessons Learned: How to get the readers FULL attention in the first sentence!
I would have to agree with other posters. Dirty White Boys, is a pulp fiction crime novel. A throwback to the tough, two fisted "mens" action novels of the 50's and 60's. Well almost. It's better written then many of those old novels and not so formulaic. It has several nicely staged gunfights in it and the dialogue is right out of a short story in Argosy magazine circa 1955. The criminals are bad and the cop is flawed, but heroic. Despite his flaws he pushes on and does his job. I suspect that
However you define this book or Stephen Hunter's writing, all anyone needs to know is Dirty White Boys is storytelling at its' best. Stephen Hunter has been in the game for a number of years, but I hadn't heard of the author until he was recently recommended to me by a friend. And I fell in love.I adore face-paced thrillers where every loose end is nicely tied by the end, and that's exactly what I got. On the surface, Dirty White Boys sounds like a macho read, full of testerone. And it is, but a...
Dirty White Boys by Stephen Hunter is a dark, gritty, and at times very intense piece of modern day pulp. It’s not for the easily offended or squeamish! It contains violence, crude and rude dialogue, racial slurs, an abundance of cursing, and a lot of devious and abhorrent behavior that will not endear it to polite society. You’ll know from the very first sentence whether this is something you will want to read or not...and from that very first sentence the story is off and running. For what it
Dirty White Boys (1994) is a stand-alone novel by Stephen Hunter, who has fifteen novels about the lives, tribulations, and triumphs of Arkansas’ Swagger family: the first in the excellent (though variable) Swagger series was Point of Impact (1993). Even including the Swagger books, this is one of Hunter’s strongest novels. It is powerful and well-paced, its characters are despicable but very interesting, and each page grabs your attention.This is a very gritty tale about prison life, escape and...
May be the best crime book I ever read from certainly the best writer of this genre. My palms were literally sweating and my heart racing at certain points.I haven't found anyone better, nor as good and am willing to settle for someone almost as good as Stephen Hunter. I wouldn't read this one first if you decide to delve into the master, Hunter. Probably best to go back to the earlier Earl Swagger books, not necessarily published in chronilogical order. You won't believe what a pleasure you wil...
Pure pulp. Ultra-violent. One hell of a crime novel. Hunter is that rare breed of writer that is both highly literate and a fan of the genre.
Tough, nasty tale of some very bad-ass rednecks escaping from prison and causing tons of havoc. I passed this around the cell-block and it was quite a hit with the convicts.
If you read much in this genre at all, then this novel deserves a place on your reading stack.
My friend Katie asked me to review this book to explain why I'm always raving about it. The problem is, the appeal of this book is very hard to define. On the one hand, it's a repulsive stew of all the worst features of redneck culture and toxic masculinity. This is an author who revels in hatred of blacks, fear of women, worship of guns and all forms of violence. When Stephen Hunter writes about guns you can actually picture him fondling them while he writes, like Hugh Hefner pawing Playmates a...
Talk about a high-speed train ride through the minds of madness. I've never really gotten into crime novels or cop dramas, but I've been a big fan of Stephen Hunter for many years and finally got around to reading this one. Wow. Aside from some of the dialogue now and then, it was a strangely realistic view from every side; whether it was the hardass cop with his own personal drama spiraling out of control, Lamar's criminally intelligent rampaging, or Richard's pseudo-psychotic constant fear, th...
I usually like reading a longer book than this one, but I really liked the story. I'm an author as well as an artist and this story really struck a chord in me. I listened to it on audio book and will definitely be listening to it again...
A crime thriller that is not too thrilling, really. The book begins with the prison shower room killing of an inmate by the antagonist, Lamar Pye. Lamar has to escape from prison because of the murder. According to Stephen Hunter, it's pretty easy to get out of a maximum security prison. Lamar, his retarded cousin, Odell (who Hunter has talking all 'retarded' throughout the novel--very irritating) and their wimpy cellmate Richard (Odell calls him "Wi--Chud") hop the joint. The prison scenes and
Ok, Dirty White Boys is a great title - not like, "whoa man, amazing way cool." But it is provocative. Got a catchy beat. I'd rate it a 75 cause I can dance to it - and if you weren't around to watch American Bandstand way back in the day that comment won't mean a damn thing. Lately I've been finding when I reference things from my past in front of my younger straight-outta-high-school students they just look at me with these blank expressions. Some shit just doesn't translate any longer. Stuff
Good solid fun read. I'd say Hunter is becoming a favorite of mine for crime fiction. He may not have the ear for dialog that Elmore Leonard has, but who does? He creates a solid cast of characters, and unlike too many stories, his villain is a person, not some stereotype of "evil." A few too many coincidences in it, too many "close calls," for my tastes. But again his solid research holds the novel on steady ground and makes for a good time.
This is solid, "manly" fiction. It's cops and robbers with lots of vulgarity, violence, and sex. The story might drag a bit in the middle, and get a bit melodramatic, but the characters are fresh, dynamic, and interesting.There is plenty of action in this tale of a prison escapee and the aging cop out to catch him. The last third moves at a fast pace and pays off well.Be warned, however: this book is not for anyone easily offended by bad words, cruel thoughts, and bloodshed.
Just finished a second reading of this book. Dirty White Boys was the book that turned me onto Stephen Hunter and after reading just about everything else he's read, this is probably the best. I'd love to see a movie based on this, but you'd have to get someone who really loves it to direct it.
Impressive, well-written story. I had a tough time at the beginning, with the prison sex and violence, and almost abandoned the book because of it. I'm glad I persevered. Once the author got into the conflict between Deputy Bud Pewtie and escaped criminals Lamar and Odell Pye, it became a terrific story of violent obsession. I highly recommend it.
This book is a great example of crime thriller-gun porn, but better written than most.Vulgar, at times obscene and emotional, all the main characters are flawed. However as the not-so good cop pursues the oh-so bad criminal I found I didn't have much skin in the game. If you like guns, violence and damaged people, you'll probably like this book.
of all stephen hunter's books, this is my favourite. the subject matter is as his others -guns, criminals, & a heroic sense of duty. not my normal fare; but simply put -the book is just so well-penned that it held my interest from start to finish.
A guilty pleasure. Lots of violence, profanity, and grittiness. But it's a great story that will keep you wanting to know what happens next. Hunter wrote more books featuring the same main character, but none of them measure up to this one.
This is a truly graphic and frightening story by an author who seems to know his stuff. You'd better hope a Lamarr never comes through your front door unless you have a 12-ga locked and loaded with double-ought already pointed at it!
Completely over-the-top and ridiculous, yet relatively self-aware. One of the more entertaining and memorable thrillers I've read.
Another good Hunter book. I lent it out and never got it back.
A humdinger of a modern-day hard-boiled thriller: brutal, fast moving, and drives home the point that in real life the good guys aren't always so good, and the bad guys aren't completely bad.
Got me hooked from the first page.
I read this many years ago! It is a compelling read although it is somewhat graphic and brutal to read.