The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Sunday, 15 January 2006]

Review: Funny Money

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.

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