Throw This Motherfucker in the Trash! Killer Choice by Tom Hunt

Ok, I think I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. I hope someone didn’t send it, although it is wholeheartedly possible. This is already out in hardcover in your local bookstore. To say I didn’t like it? Understatement of the year!

Gary and Beth are excitedly awaiting the birth of their first child when tragedy strikes. Beth is out shopping when she goes into convulsions and is rushed to the hospital. After many tests, the couple are stunned to learn that the medical crisis was caused by Stage 4 brain cancer, complete with an inoperable tumor. Without a miracle, they give her 3-6 months. They tell Beth and Gary that she qualifies for a clinical trial with a high success rate in Germany. The only problem is it will cost $200,000. The couple doesn’t have that kind of money, so Beth and her friends set up a GoFundMe page. Within days of it going up, Gary gets a blocked phone call from someone who mentions the fund and tells him to not say anything and meet him in the park. Normal people would question this and not go, but Gary does. A thug named Otto appears and hands Gary a duffel bag full of $200,000 and tells him it’s his for his wife’s medical procedure if he kills a bad cop who lives in Detroit. Gary asks for a few days to decide and despite expressing doubt, buys the thug’s word that he will give Gary the entire sum upon execution of this cop. I did, dear reader, say “This guy is an idiot.” This comment was proven chapters later, after Gary kills the cop, lies to everyone including Beth and his brother (with whom he owns a business), and goes to the locker where the money is supposed to be, and finds the locker empty. So not only did he kill someone in cold blood, but he doesn’t have the money for the clinical trial. The detective in charge of the murder investigation is onto Gary, due to his ineffective answers and a hat that was retrieved from the scene of the crime and is sold only in his outdoor wear and gear store. The detective questions Gary’s younger brother, to whom Gary then spills the whole sordid story. His brother helps him figure out Otto’s real identity, and he spills the name to the detective as someone who was “hassling” his brother (thereby allowing Gary another excuse to prove his innocence). Otto contacts Gary and orders him to meet him somewhere. This culminates in his brother following him there and Otto deciding to shoot the innocent brother in cold blood, in front of him, to send Gary a message. Gary is destroyed, but still allows the cops to assume his brother was involved in shady business along with the murder of the cop. What follows is more lies, including to his very suspicious wife and grieving sister-in-law. I could not sit there and read the entire scene. I was sick to my stomach. Finally, Beth breaks through the bullshit and calls Gary out on his suspicious story and he confesses. However, shortly afterwards, Gary has yet one more run-in with Otto. This one ends in Otto and his thug dying on the spot. Gary grabs all of the money, goes home, and tells Beth that a miracle has happened and they have the money. Wait. What? Take a ride eith suspended disbelief if you choose to read this. The book ends with them toasting the clinical trial with champagne. The inference is that Beth is quite possibly going to survive. The baby boy has been born in the interim, and is healthy. Talk about a quick fix. I just cannot get past Gary’s lies costing his brother his life. The brother, along with Beth, was the truest character in this mess. Desperate times call for desperate measures, but wow. This is an all-time super duper shitty thing to do. I know the author needed a way to really blow the lid off the plot, but letting his innocent brother take the fall? After paying the ultimate price for trying to help his brother out? The first cut is the deepest, indeed. Gary is one of the most seemingly self-absorbed idiot characters I have run across in a long while. I have not thrown a motherfucker in the trash in a long, long while. Until now. You can’t cheer for someone who is such an unsympathetic character. And the chapter of mourning his brother’s passing is moot when he continues to let his dead brother take the fall for his crimes. Ugh. Avoid this one at all costs.

~ by generationgbooks on June 19, 2018.

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