Take-Out: And Other Tales Of Culinary Crime by Rob Hart

A review

Take-outWith 16 tales to offer, Take-Out has something for everyone. Each a little twisted and dark, they bring us to the places where food and people meet. Food can bring people together, it can cause pain when taken away, it can be how we show love, it can be used to feel better after a shitty day. Throughout his stories Hart explores the gritty, dark and sometimes funny aspects of human nature. He uses the world around him as his muse. From Butcher’s Block to Swipe Left, he takes current issues and puts his own spin on it. He shows how the ugliness of society has always been there, once before it was the mafia, now its corporate greed. He asks the hard question; What length would you go to, to be able to start again? And just when you think it’s all dark, you come across Creampuff. A feel good tale between the criminals and low lives.

I had 4 firm favourites in this collection.
Take-Out – This was just a good story from start to finish. It was clever, tricky and there were no good guys.
Last Request – The tale in which a woman is so miserable, so sad and treated so badly by the men in her life, that a death row inmate starts to look appealing.
Foodies – Short and sweet, I was pretty sure I knew where this was heading the whole time, but still a great play on people’s need to EXPERIENCE food.
Confessions of a taco truck driver – From the very first page it had me hooked.

“Assuming a forward thrust, the angle of the knife indicates the assailant was walking east to west. That narrows down the list of suspects considerably.
It couldn’t be those whale-hugging hippies from the vegan cupcake truck. They don’t eat enough protein. No way they’ve got the upper body strength to get a knife through the thick wall of a tire.
It couldn’t be the soft-serve ice cream guy. If he was intent on sending a message, that knife would be sticking out of my chest.”

Overall the writing was solid. Some stories flowed better than others, there was a bit of repetition between the stories, with wording and subjects. But Hart was able to build tension, when I knew exactly what was going to happen. Some of the lines made me stop and laugh.
I think with books like these, not every story is going to work for you, I had a few I loved and some I didn’t care for at all. I would have liked for a few more of the stories to have been my thing.

I received an e-arc from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Take-Out: And Other Tales of Culinary Crime
Author: Rob Hart
Released: 15th January 2019
Publisher: Polis Books

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