Sunday 17 December 2017



In Disco Rumble Fish, author Ryan Sayles rewinds to the 1970s, when Buckner rolled with the city's SWAT team. Tasked with finding a criminal associated with a mobster's violent jailbreak, Buckner and company prove there's nowhere to hide when you kill one of their own.

In Chris Rhatigan's A Pack of Lies, newspaper reporter Lionel Kaspar is out to find the truth and advocate for social justice. Just kidding. He's a scam artist of the lowest order out to make a quick buck off of whoever crosses his path. But the comfortable niche he's created for himself is about to be crushed.

A two-fer here from All Due Respect, both from new-to-me authors.

Disco Rumble Fish from Ryan Sayles......a cop tale, camaraderie, banter, a tight team, macho brotherhood, disrespect for authority, looking after their own, 70s setting and a far from PC environment, cutting corners and beating up suspects in custody, while everyone else kind of looks the other way.

Fast-paced, humorous, plenty of action, a decent ending - what's not to like?

A Pack of Lies by Chris Rhatigan..... a reporter's tale. Lionel Kaspar and his final demise. From early doors, you feel like you're in Jim Thompson territory and a witness to the slow inexorable decline of a once decent reporter and (maybe decent) man. Kaspar in present day is shaking people down to bury stories and fund his gambling and drinking habits. The regional paper he reports for is in decline as is his career. Another shakedown fails and a hatchet job story follows. He's in the firing line with his newspaper after the intended victim with deep pockets sues the paper. More importantly a story he buried regarding the high school coach and a 13 year old pupil, in return for a monkey a month has just broken. Desperation time for Kaspar, better have another drink and some action on baseball, before covering his tracks.   

Doomed and desperate, with a certain inevitability about the outcome. Just my cup of tea.

Ryan Sayles
I'd be hard-pushed to choose a favourite between these two, so I'll call it a tie. Both were concise and to the point, while at the same time offering enough flesh on the bones of our main participants. I wasn't page counting or wishing I was reading something else while reading these. Attention holders for certain.

4.5 from 5

Chris Rhatigan

I have more from both these authors on the pile, so I'll hopefully enjoy more from these two in 2018


Ryan Sayles has his website here.
Chris Rhatigan has his website here.

Read in December, 2017
Published - 2014
Page count - 142
Source - Kindle Unlimited
Format - Kindle


  1. Glad you enjoyed these, Col. They both do sound engaging, and I like the idea of putting novellas together like that. It gives the reader a chance to try an author without an undue investment. Glad this one worked for you.

    1. ADR have done that with a few of their authors and its a great idea I think. Double the fun on this occasion!

  2. I saw your review for this one on Goodreads, Col, and it sounded very interesting. A chance to try out two authors. And fast-paced and humorous sounds good too.

    1. I do like these combo reads and I have a couple more to get to on the device - happy days! I enjoyed both novellas equally.

  3. Guess I missed this review when first posted, so a bit of catch up here. Both stories sound good to me. I’ve just begun Rhatigan’s SQUEEZE, a Kaspar story that is on my Kindle.

    1. I have SQUEEZE on the pile. I'm looking forward to reading more from both of them.