She also makes one friend, a laid-back bartender whose easy charm threatens to distract her from what she means to do. Mai is tough and she’s smart, but is that enough to get back on the road and survive the Untamed State?
This book was described on Amazon as “a hard-hitting neo noir and modern western, best enjoyed in the corner booth of a dim dive bar with whiskey.” I have to admit, I’m not a fan of whiskey (I’m all about tequila, thank you very much) and I’m not sure what a “neo noir” novel is. I figured this would be one of those literary, high-concept affairs that usually goes right over my head (I’m not much for symbolism...just spit it out and tell me what’s going on, for God’s sake). But I was pleasantly surprised by Coyote.
Gritty is the best word I can think of to describe this one. The story, the setting, the characters...they’re gritty. The book had a definite Quentin Tarantino feel to me. In fact, Mai was very much a badass who reminded me of The Bride in Kill Bill (Volumes 1 and 2). I loved that she could kick ass, fix a car and hustle darts. She’s a unique heroine, and I can’t wait to find out what’s in store for her in the next book.
The dialogue was also snappy, the action sequences sufficiently...action-y. So why not 5 out of 5 stars? The romance. I totally didn’t buy that a world-weary gal like Mai would give Slim, the small town, mustachioed bartender, a second glance. And while I really liked Mai, I fail to see why Slim would fall for her so fast and hard. They didn’t know each other at all, and their romance, to me, was totally unbelieveable. I would probably complain about the general lack of character development, but honestly, I figure that will sort itself out in future books.
So, all in all, this one’s definitely worth a read for anyone interested in a gritty, action-packed, Tarantino-esque story with a super interesting heroine.
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