I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.TIJUANA DONKEY SHOWDOWN by Adam Howe
Published by Comet Press on December 9, 2016
Genres: comedy, Crime, Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Noir, Suspense, Thriller
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Reggie Levine, ex-boxer turned bouncer, and hapless hero, has barely recovered from his ordeal in Damn Dirty Apes, when he is called back to action. Recruited to retrieve a Chinese crested terrier from a fleapit roadside zoo, where the ugly effing showdog has been mistaken for the chupacabra, Reggie soon finds himself embroiled in a deadly criminal conspiracy involving neo-Nazi drug smugglers, a seedy used-car salesman, a wannabe serial killer, an ornery Vietnam veteran, a badass veterinarian, a freakishly endowed adult entertainment donkey named Enrique, and in an explosive cameo, an Academy Award winning Hollywood icon.
From Adam Howe, writer of Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet, Black Cat Mojo, and the winner of Stephen King’s On Writing contest, comes another hard-hitting slice of pulp Southern crime, 80s action, pop Americana, and pitch-black comedy.
Damn Dirty Apes is available as part of the Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet Collection, available at Amazon and many other online retailers.
TIJUANA DONKEY SHOWDOWN, by Adam Howe, brings back his “unfortunate hero”, Reggie Levine, star of DAMN DIRTY APES. After a movie has been made of his past adventures (starring Nicholas Cage), Reggie came into some money.
And then followed his boss, Walt’s, advice.
Now back to his post as bouncer for The Henhouse, Reggie finds himself in the unlikely role of “town hero”, as residents seem to keep coming to him to help solve their problems. Since this is Reggie Levine, of course NOTHING is ever simple.
“. . . Sometimes I’ll drive past the place–not in a creepy way, I hope–and wonder what might’ve been . . .”
Adam Howe really gets back to his main character, adding some depth to his personality in terms of future aspirations and internal conflict. In the end though, nothing prevents the usual comedic mishaps and improbable scenarios from happening to him.
“We’ll file “aliens” under the maybe column . . . I told her.”
Here Reggie is involved in a multitude of offbeat cases, including a roadside zoo “Chupacabra”, an unexpected duo of former convicts, a helium-filled giant balloon of a dubious car salesman, and Enrique–an infamous donkey known for his endowments in the adult entertainment industry.
I can’t count the number of times I actually laughed aloud during my reading of this! With Reggie involved, the impossible becomes the norm. Even battle-scarred from each progressive escapade, the man can not resist getting involved with those in trouble.
Adam Howe has a very distinctive style of dark humor and adventure that make for not only a compelling novel, but also some very memorable characters and scenes. I can’t wait to find out where his writing will take us next.