When it comes to walking cadavers, they are not always zombies in the traditional sense. How do I know this? Because I read DOWN SOLO, an inventive and fun book from author Earl Javorsky. Chocked full of colorfully crazy characters, mystery, and scads of entertainment, this book is hard to put down. If you’re in the mood for entertaining suspense with a twist, give this one a look for sure.
If you are not familiar with DOWN SOLO, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of
Things haven’t been going well for Charlie Miner. His work as a private investigator involves him with an endless roster of shady characters. His ex-wife is borderline crazy. And he hasn’t been getting to spend anywhere near enough time with his teenage daughter Mindy, the one person in his life who truly matters to him.When he wakes up on a slab in the morgue with a hole in his head, though, things get even worse.Just before the shooting, Charlie was investigating a case involving fraud, gold, religious zealots, and a gorgeous woman who seemed to be at the center of everything. Even with a fatal bullet wound, Charlie can connect the dots from the case to his attack. And when his daughter is abducted by someone involved, the stakes get exponentially higher. Charlie needs to find Mindy before the criminals do the same thing to her that they did to him.After that, maybe he’ll try to figure out how he’s walking around dead.Irreverent, circuitous, and surprisingly touching, Down Solo introduces a crisp new voice to suspense fiction.
I am impressed with how quickly this book reads. It logs in at 200 pages, but it’s a story you can finish in almost a single sitting. And you’ll probably want to; this engaging tale will keep you captivated.
DOWN SOLO is written well and flows at a smooth pace. The book starts off with a bang, and it never lets up. I love the opening sentences; they yank the reader right into the protagonist’s head and beg for the rest of the book to be read:
“They say once a junkie, always a junkie, but this is ridiculous. I haven’t been dead more than a few hours, and I already need a fix.”
Once I started reading, I tore through the story in just a couple of days. This is a testament to the talents of the author; to create such an engaging story in so few amount of pages is not an easy feat.
The characters are diverse and well fleshed-out. I particularly like the “hero”, Charlie Miner. He’s irreverent and crass, but he gets the job done…despite being dead. He sometimes made me laugh, but consistently impressed me as well.
DOWN SOLO is a great book, and I highly recommend it. This is not traditional suspense fiction, but more of a crime/thriller/surrealistic hybrid. But regardless of how it’s classified, the results are fun and entertaining. Check it out for sure.