OUTLAW BIKER: THE RUSSIAN CONNECTION Jerry Langton Wiley, 239 pages, $24.95
There have been superior crime novels, in which the protagonist is a charismatic bad guy.
One thinks of the relentless Parker, memorable anti-hero of the series of thrillers written by the late Donald Westlake under his Richard Stark pseudonym. Or any number of wittily subversive novels by the indestructible Elmore Leonard. Or the stunning achievement of Patricia Highsmith in creating the sociopathic Tom Ripley, a murderer so alluring, we have trouble not rooting for him.
Unfortunately, we can't say the same for Ned Aiken, the central figure in Canadian crime journalist Jerry Langton's latest novel, Outlaw Biker. His most compelling trait seems to be his consummate stupidity -although one suspects this is not what his creator intended.
The book is a sequel to Langton's novel, Biker, which introduced us to Ned and the world of motorcycle gangs. Now, having betrayed his old criminal colleagues to the FBI, he's buried in a witness-protection program that gives him a new identity and a boring existence as a mailroom employee in Delaware. Being the kind of guy he is, and that's no compliment, he yearns for the heady days of drug-dealing and easy money, so should we be so surprised that a couple of shady work colleagues talk him into taking to the road and making an obviously illegal "delivery" to some tough people in Detroit?Read On: http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Book+hero+anything/4547569/story.html
Jesse James has unveiled his memoir cover and it’s anything but subtle.
The television star, motorcycle expert and ex-husband of Sandra Bullock tells People magazine that he did not want to appear in “some variation of a bad prom photo, serious Thinker pose like most book jackets” for his memoir, “American Outlaw.”
So instead, he opted for an old Western look and a play on him sharing the same name with the famed 19th-century criminal.