Publisher: Flame Tree Press
Publication date: November 2020
Page Count: 304
When Melanie, a car thief, is sent to find a certain vehicle only to discover it’s owned by dangerous hit-woman, Brenda, the two begin to wonder if their fateful encounter wasn’t just pure coincidence. It turns out they both work for a man named Felix Eberhart, who may or may not have had the hopes that Melanie and Brenda opened fire the second they laid eyes on each other. Melanie learns that Felix’s network of car thieves, fixers, and drug runners have all been set against one another. But why? Business was going so well..
As with his previous novel Chop Shop, Post doesn’t hold back when it comes to violence. Ideal for those that like to hear the bones crack in their horror movies, he paints a stunningly accurate picture of blood and gore inflicted by humans, on humans.
No fanciful terms or metaphors to soften the blow, just a second by second account of a man sifting his wife’s brains through his fingers.
If you have a sensitive stomach you won’t make it far in Mondo Crimson.
I for one LOVED it.
Its easy to believe the characters Post creates. Dragged into the most dangerous parts of the criminal world through pure desperation. His horrors are human and though we may not see anything quite like this in our real lives, you don’t have to look far to see people like this exist all over the world.
What I really enjoy is the way he can make you almost empathise if not sympathise with the predicament his characters are in. You understand how and why they came to this life and the futility of it all.
For Mel a few poor financial choices and she’s trapped by debt.
Brenda was more complicated, her enjoyment of killing versus the pure love for her husband and children made it a fascinating read.
Merritt is the ever present insidious creep, the mentally disturbed man child with the overbearing mother we expect to find in such tales.
I was also thrilled to discover Amber resurfaces from Post’s previous novel Chop Shop, I love when authors tie their work together in this way.
Each character was drawn into Felix’ criminal network for differing reasons but all will end up in the same predicament once his deadly game of dominos begins… just wait til you find out what ‘Mondo Crimson’ really means!
The synopsis doesn’t do justice to Mondo Crimson, prepare yourself for an insane and gloriously barbaric ride!
Massive thanks to Flame Tree Press once again.