WTF Friday: It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis M. Lawson

Every once in a while, as the mood strikes me, I like to indulge in those titles that are a bit odd . . . a bit different . . . a bit bizarre . . . and a bit freaky. These are books that don't always get a lot of press, and which rarely benefit from any prominent retail shelf space.

They're often an underground of sort of literature, best shared through guilty whispers, and often with embarrassed grins. These are our WTF Friday reads!

It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World is a bad-ass tale about bad people doing bad things to bad people. It's a story where bad things happen to good people, and where even those good people do bad things. You expect the drug dealer, mercenary assassin, serial killer duo, occult weirdo, and others to be bad - and they don't disappoint. What you don't expect is for Detective Eva to be so casually cruel, or for Sister Michelle to be the baddest bitch of the lot.

He pulled it up just enough to catch the base of the guy's pecker in its teeth. His victim howled in pain and squirmed in his urinal seat.

Dabbling in a wide range of influences - including cop thriller, spy thriller, splatterpunk horror, detective noir, and urban fantasy - Curtis M. Lawson weaves a surprisingly well-told story that careens along at a breakneck pace. Even as I was marveling at the increasing darkness of each new twist, I was struck by just how well the story was told. Usually the narrative gets lost in the mayhem of a story like this, but here it's strong enough to shine through.

"The one witness, a little girl, said the killer was dressed like a nun and looking for some magic knives that her mom's boyfriend had stolen from a fat guy."

This is a dark story, but also one that's a lot of fun. Everyone is so bad that you find yourself gleefully rooting for them, championing one bad guy over another. It's the ultimate guilty pleasure, and the supernatural element driving it all just helps put it over-the-top. The big final confrontation pays off in every way, and the few little twists that follow, tying up all the loose ends, are just perfect. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World is a good, good, good, good read.

Paperback, 155 pages
Published June 13th 2016 by Black Pyramid Books

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my review.