No One Runs Faster Than a Bullet by Andrew Davie is a quick read that uses every page for action and character development.
Title: No One Runs Faster Than a Bullet
Author: Andrew Davie
Release: December 2020
Genre: Crime Fiction
Goodreads Link: Here
A crew – including a former bootlegger, a preacher, a World War 1 veteran, a Pinkerton Agent, and a barnstorming prize fighter – conspire to steal gold deposits during the height of the Great Depression. How did these unlikely bed fellows get together??
The plot of this story is straight to the point. It’s about a heist! What makes it interesting is the characters and how the heck are they connected. Davie does a good job weaving the men together in the plot and making their life experiences really important to moving the story along. This book was like taking a chunk out of your favorite heist movie (think Ocean’s… any number will do) and you get the point. Being only around 100 pages didn’t hurt the story at all. Davie used the fast pace of heisting to his advantage for sure.
Speaking of characters, they were the definition of developed. You could tell who a main character and who a secondary character was, for sure! There were a few secondary characters that I wanted more details on, such as the chauffeur, and there were some characters that I wanted less of, like the DA’s wife, but all and all, the main characters were well fleshed out. My favorite character was Owen. I loved his cool nature and the snipping scene was my favorite with him and Anderson.
The world building in this book was dependent on knowledge of prohibition in some ways. Davie does a fantastic job teaching us about prohibition if we didn’t know about it already. As someone who does know a lot about it, I found there was a little too much info on the subject. Another reader may find it to be just enough for them. I do think that the settings could have been a little more detailed. In this book, we definitely live vicariously through the characters but sometimes I felt myself lost because I didn’t remember where I was, setting wise.
I enjoyed the themes of bootlegging, loyalty and love in this book. Yes, love! The major incidents in this crime book are motivated by one persons love for another and I thought that was an interesting way to inspire a crime. Additionally, the idea of loyalty to oneself and others is really embedded in the story. There are multiple times where we learn about a characters loyalty through their interactions and motivations.
As I said before, Davie did an excellent job using the small page count to tell a good story. His writing style is easy to read. He doesn’t use a lot of filler or try to jam the pages. He tells the story that needs to be told and that’s it! Overall, I enjoyed this very fast paced, well developed story with a touch of crime history.