This review is from: The Package – Book Two: Revenge (The Pacakge 2) (Kindle Edition)
Package II by Cleve Sylcox is the second installment of the series following Dave Winters, the hard-boiled two-fisted detective receiving death threats after wrapping up The Package I. ‘Die Scum’ is the opening line of the anonymous note, and it’s pure Sylcox to the final chapter. The author parodizes, patronizes and plasters the genre throughout the short story, and without getting inside the author’s mind you’ll never know what happened. We’re back at his cluttered desk at his shabby office, closing it down and heading out to Moe’s where Angel’s waiting with the usual. Al and Louie are still stumbling around outside looking for something good to pick up off the sidewalk. Only someone’s lurking in the shadows to take Dave’s head off, and it’s never a question of why (we’ll get there eventually), but who’s at the head of the line this time. This is Mike Hammer in Hell, a genetic splicing of Mickey Spillane and Quentin Tarantino. It’s not about Dave catching the bad guy and living happily ever after – not happening. This is Dave leaving Moe’s every night with someone waiting to knock his head off, forever and ever and ever.
For literary students, this is Poe, Baudelaire and Sartre finding their way to Moe’s after Mickey Spillane took off. Package II by Cleve Sylcox is detective noir you can’t fantasize without.
I am just beginning my writing career. I have always had 2 passions in my life. One was teaching. I was an elementary teacher for 23 years. I retired early. Writing is my 2nd passion. In January I decided to take an online writing course. That sparked my desire to learn as much as I can about writing. I am working on several children’s books, my genre. I have been married for 24 years. I have 2 boys. One is in college, the other in high school.
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