[By Nic Lindh on Sunday, 15 January 2006]
Funny Money is James Swain’s second Tony Valentine novel after Grift Sense (my review here), and unfortunately it hits a pretty serious sophomore slump.
While not a terrible novel per se, Funny Money feels like Swain tries to bite off too much, going from the more breezy Grift Sense to a darker and more violent feel. Pieces of the plot also feel grafted on, like Valentine’s romance with—of all things—a professional wrestler, which comes off really strained.
Funny Money is a bit of a let-down, but still worth reading to follow the adventures of Tony Valentine.