Saturday 4 July 2020



Bill and Fiona, the lovable anti-heroes of the “Love & Bullets” trilogy, find themselves in the toughest of tough spots: badly wounded, hunted by assorted cops and goons, and desperately in need of a drink (or five).

After a round-the-world tour of spectacular criminality, Bill and Fiona find themselves back in New York. But it’s not exactly home-sweet-home: Locked in a panic room on the top floor of a skyscraper, surrounded by pretty much everyone in three zip codes who wants to kill them, they’ll need to figure out how to stay upright and breathing… and maybe deal out a little payback in the process.

Can they survive?

Even better, can they make a profit off all this?

Main Bad Guy caps a series described as “a Tarantino movie in prose” (Sons of Spade) and “deliciously deranged” (Raven Crime Reads).

Main Bad Guy is the third book in Kolakowski's Love & Bullets trilogy, after A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps and Slaughterhouse Blues.

It's another enjoyable Bill and Fiona caper, but in truth one which probably won't stay in the memory banks for too long. Almost a month on from reading, I can't actually recall too much about it. Our dynamic duo manage to annoy some folks, when do they ever not and end up calling on Fiona's father to bail them out of a tricky situation. Walker has a few problems of his own to deal with, but still comes to their assistance.

Far-fetched, slightly implausible, disbelief suspended, great action scenes, plenty of violence and mayhem, humorous dialogue and with a bit of eye-rolling - some fun was had. 

High art, with plenty of themes giving rise to deep thought and much pondering over troubling philosophical questions such as the meaning of life..... err no. Just some good solid pulp-ish entertainment.

4 from 5

As well as this and the two previous Love & Bullets episodes, I've also enjoyed Kolakowski's Boise Longpig Hunting Club. More sits from him on the pile.

Read - June, 2020
Published - 2019
Page count - 156
Source - purchased copy
Format - paperback


  1. It does sound like there's some wit and fun here, Col, as well as the violence and action. I think books like these are best enjoyed if you send your disbelief out for snacks, and that can work well. Glad you enjoyed this one.

    1. Agreed Margot, some of the action and turns were a bit of a stretch but one I was happy to go along with.