Review: Felonious Monk by William Kotzwinkle

☆☆➹⁀☆ 3 stars ➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Meet Tommy Martini, the monk with an anger management problem. Since killing somebody with a single punch is not a needed talent in a monastery, he spends his time praying, meditating, and taking his anger management medicine. But his meditations are interrupted by a legacy from his uncle, a crooked priest.

Arriving in a New Age Arizona town to claim his inheritance, Brother Tommy meets a charismatic, smoking-hot cult leader who claims that women are being impregnated by alien beings while they sleep. Tommy’s own sleep is disturbed–by cartel hitmen, Mafia bill collectors, and women intrigued by his vow of chastity. He loses his anger management medicine in time to deal with the hitmen, but the women present an uphill battle.William Kotzwinkle’s quicksilver touch has produced an effervescent piece of entertainment filled with suspense, turns you won’t see coming, and the humor for which he is famous.



Guest Reviewer Sara’s Thoughts:

I loved the premise of a bouncer with a heart, turned monk with a heart, turned romantic gangster with a heart. Drawn back into the family business, Tommy is surrounded by a cast of unique and intriguing characters.

Despite the unfortunate brutality associated with the family business, Tommy shows himself to be a man of conscience, passion and humor and very loyal to his family. Actually, I found everyone to be morally ambiguous. Mr. Kotzwinkle did a great job with the characters -even the deceased ones! I thought the story seemed somewhat anecdotal but enjoyed it nonetheless. 

About the Author: William Kotzwinkle is a two-time recipient of the National Magazine Award for Fiction, a winner of the World Fantasy Award, the Prix Litteraire des Bouquinistes des Quais de Paris, the PETA Award for Children’s Books, and a Book Critics Circle award nominee. His work has been translated into dozens of languages.

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