Lucky Bastard by S. G. Browne is a really funny book. A lifelong fan of “noir”, I marveled at this clever story about a young man with the ability to steal other people’s luck simply by shaking their hand. Along the lines of Philip Marlow, Sam Spade, and Firesign Theater, Nick Monday, the luck snatcher/main character’s hilarious tale kept me giggling, gasping, and guessing up and down the steep hills of San Francisco where the story takes place.
Filled with one liners and original analogies, Nick Monday is a cocky guy with quick retorts. Masquerading as a private eye to cover his true identity as a luck poacher, Monday finds himself embroiled with a number of buxom women, bureaucratic bullies, and bad guys who all want something from him. The question is, how will he satisfy them all without losing his good luck? You’ll need to read the book to find out. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!