Vixen by Ken Bruen – review

I know I’m preaching to the choir to most, but in case you’ve been living under a rock lately, Ken Bruen is one of the best authors in all of crime fiction. He currently has two ongoing series, one being his Jack Taylor, starting with “he Guards and the other being The Inspector Brant series starting with The White Trilogy (A White Arrest, Taming the Alien, & The McDead).

Vixen is number five in the Inspector Brant series proceeding Blitz, and is as good and gritty as it gets. If you’re thinking this is going to be your run of the mill Police Procedural, think again. Brant, and his Chief Inspector Roberts, have been known to skew the rules of “policing” to get the intended results, most especially Brant.

Vixen, is about a female criminal named Angie (the Vixen). While serving a stint in prison, she learns from her bull dike cell mate, that the easiest way to get money is by extortion. Fast forward to Angie getting released, she hooks her self up with two brothers, Jimmy the dumb muscle, and Ray the handsome brains. They go around doing petty crimes, until they come upon a box of dynamite. Angie’s mind goes to work, and they make plans to start planting bombs around South East London. They call the police shortly before their first explosion is set to go off, and demand money for them to stop.

This novel is classic Bruen. His sparse prose, and cutthroat pacing make the pages fly by. The deeper you read, the hairier the plot becomes, the more you want to continue to reading. The only bad thing about this book, like most of Bruen’s is the length, they’re too short! I’m always left wanting to read more. Highly recommended.

–Reviewed by Poker Ben

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