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    Unlikely premise builds into entertaining story

    A shady organisation is targeting the dregs of society in an unofficial judge, jury and executioner system. As two killers circle each other, the motives for the organisation are called into question. Nicely paced and darkly humorous, the plot twists with bursts of exciting action in a look at could happen if serial killers allowed themselves to become organised as a business. Well worth a read. An unlikely premise quickly builds into an entertaining story.
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    My favorite serial killer action-comedy so far

    Leon Garber. Full-time office drone, part-time serial killer. But a serial killer with a heart of gold, ridding the world of those we're better off without. This is the hero of Stuart West's Secret Society. The society in question is Like Minded Individuals, Inc., a group dedicated to helping people like Leon. The book starts with Leon essentially getting released from the group, meeting with his replacement, the Denver Decapitator. Take a guess how he got that name. It turns out that Leon isn't ready for retirement and wants to keep his job. Serial killer hijinx ensue. I guess you might say I'm a fan of Stuart West's books. I've read most of what he's written so far and generally consider them top notch. He has a way of coming up with likable, funny characters. In this case, though, I could actually relate to the main character. West's Tex series is all about angst-ridden teenagers, a state I outgrew long, long ago. Yes, I saw bits of myself in the middle-aged Leon, only with much less blood and explosions. One thing that stood out for me was the evolution of Cody (aka the Denver Decapitator). At first, I really wanted Leon to finish him off in the most painful way possible. By the end, I was cheering for him. I can't wait to see what happens between Leon and Cody in the second book. There is going to be a second book, isn't there?
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    Great crime noir fiction

    I really didn’t know what to expect from this book. Was it a black comedy? A suspense novel? A mystery? I’m glad I was curious enough to give it a try. The Secret Society of Like-Minded Individuals is a well-written novel, which contains an exceptionally unique story. I was dying to find out what it was all about. So many hints and clues that things were not as they seemed. LMI is definitely up to something (beyond the helping of their clients with their ‘projects’), but what? I flipped through the pages increasingly fast, only to discover that the book is the first of a trilogy. Oh bummer. The characters of the story are extremely well-developed. Each personage has his or her own back story to explain the sometimes bizarre actions (s)he undertakes. Although some of the back stories may be predictable, they are nevertheless believable. I found myself rooting for Leon. I wanted him to have love and escape his dangerous situation unscathed. Was that too much to ask? I especially enjoyed the dry humor that peppered the novel. I expected more of it, but I think West has managed the precarious balance between humor, mystery and suspense well. The last few chapters are especially suspenseful. I was sitting on the edge of my seat gnawing my fingernails wondering how the entire story was going to be wrapped up in the remaining pages. I recommend this novel to lovers of noir crime fiction.

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