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Hard-Boiled at B&N

By Kimberley Jones, December 29, 2009, 5:42pm, Under the Covers

All most Hollywood scribes had to show for the 2007 writers’ strike was a strike beard, but Lou Berney went and wrote himself a novel – and a well-reviewed one at that.

Publishers Weekly calls Gutshot Straight a “fast-moving caper novel, which smoothly blends humor, action and romantic frisson,” and Booklist piped in that “[t]he estimable Elmore Leonard might be very pleased to call Gutshot Straight his own.” Talent, apparently, is built into the DNA: Berney’s cousins include local writer Stephen Harrigan (The Gates of the Alamo) and indie film mover and shaker Bob Berney (Picturehouse, Apparition).

Lou Berney will give a reading at the Barnes & Noble (Arboretum) on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 7pm, the day after Gutshot Straight hits shelves. For more info about the book, go here.

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