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DUKE CITY SPLIT: A Crime Novel ~Max Austin

“They’d [FBI agents] taken time to drive through a Starbucks on their way to the scene, and they carried their paper cups of coffee into the bank with them” “We know the drill. Not that it’ll do you any good.  The manager says the robbers wore gloves.  She says they were in and out in under three minutes.”

DUKE CITY SPLIT was a well written story and I could imagine this Crime Novel being a hit for those  who enjoy this genre.   I had my 7th grade tutoring student get permission to read this book from his parents, and although it is a struggle for him, he loves the story – so he is motivated to read.  I received an un-proofed e-copy of the book so I am loaning my kindle to my neighbor, a doctor who loves this type of story and he is primed and ready.   It took me about 4 hours to get from cover to cover; story was just the right size.

Bud and Mick are professional bank robbers.  Bud started out as a car thief and then when Mick got out of prison they joined forces and became quite a successful team.  The team had rules and skill which enabled them to never hurt anyone and to make a comfortable living.  Bud was a day trader also; he knew how to handle the money and keep them solvent.  Bud was computer smart, but the story did not focus on computers it focused on the skill and rules of the duo.

Bud in the last few years has gotten married to Linda and they have 2 young daughters.  Linda knew about Bud’s career before they were wed, and she is now becoming nervous and worried that the teams luck might run out.  Linda works in real estate to keep the family funds stable.

Mick is approached by a young fellow who has figured out a big payoff robbery which might be possible; he does not know how to pull it off.  Mick decides to break the rules and rob a small branch bank in the city where they live.  This means he has also decided to make it a three way split.   Another rule broken.  Bud decides to go along and make this his last big heist then get out of the business.

Two unsavory criminals receive just enough information from the FBI to start figuring out who the suspects are and they begin tracking down Mick and Bud in a very ruthless manor, a Chicago mobster gets involved and havoc breaks loose.  Mick and Bud have to figure everything out, still keep the money and not get caught.  DUKE CITY SPLIT puts the focus more on how the team recovers from their broken rules and how they will stay alive.

There is quite a bit of discussion about cars and rental cars which I have decided is an aspect to this brand of story as important as the stiletto heel is to chick lit.    I would also suggest that part of the story’s theme is that if you have a tattoo, bank robbery may not be the best business for you.

“Max Austin is a pseudonym for Steve Brewer, who has written 2 dozen books about crooks. LONELY STREET was made into a comedy movie in 2009.  A former journalist and humor columnist, Brewer teaches in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico.  He’s a frequent speaker at mystery conventions and was toastmaster at Left Coast Crime in 2011.  He is married and the father of 2 adult sons, Brewer lives in Albuquerque.”

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tlc logo I very much enjoyed reading this great escape book and I thank TLC Online Tours  for sending it on to me for review.  It was such a fun read – DUKE CITY SPLIT

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7 Responses to “DUKE CITY SPLIT: A Crime Novel ~Max Austin”

  1. Steve Brewer Says:

    Thanks for the nice words about DUKE CITY SPLIT! So glad you enjoyed it!


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    patricia Reply:

    Steve Brewer –
    I did enjoy the book and it was a fun read. Several of the fellows in my life purchased it right away

    Thank you for commenting on the review, my readers so like to see the author dropping on by!

  2. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    Four hours of reading time is an excellent length for a book of this sort – just long enough for me to get fully involved!

    Thanks for being on the tour. I’m so glad you’re sharing this book with so many people.

    patricia Reply:

    Heather J,
    It is a good read and I like how the “smarts” and thinking were played up and not just computer wizardry. I am sure you know someone who would enjoy this read

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  4. Sam Juliano Says:

    Everyone should read a novel like this every once in a while, as it offers some release and entertainment. Again you write with eloquence and authority in assessing it. Great to hear the one slow reader was still motivated to continue on with it.

    patricia Reply:

    Yes I think you would like this book and it was relaxing.

    My 7th grader is loving the story and so he perseveres – bank robbers he can connect to not so much computer spies.

    Thank you for your kind words.