G.O.P D.O.A.: By Jay Brida, 181 pgs. By Sean Carswell

          I read this book cover-to-cover during a particularly grueling flight. Something was wrong with the plane. It had to be serviced. It was a few hours late leaving. I missed a connection and had to wait for a new flight. I spent basically twenty-four hours in transit that day. Luckily, for a few of those hours, I had this book to read. G.O.P D.O.A. is a crime novel for Bush-hating punk rockers. Being a Bush-hating punk rocker myself, I enjoyed this book. It’s not terribly deep or literary, but it’s not intended to be. It’s pulp, but it’s good to see a little bit of pulp wrestled away from the right-wing nut jobs like Tom Clancy and from the dumbass lawyers like John Grisham and put back into the hands of the type of people who Dashiell Hammett wrote for. G.O.P D.O.A centers around Flanagan, a hard drinking employee of a Brooklyn political boss. Flanagan gets wrapped up in a plot surrounding the Republican National Convention in New York in 2004. Flanagan wakes up from an alcoholic blackout to find that bigger fish have been dropped into his little pond and a feeding frenzy surrounds him. His boss gets killed. His girlfriend gets another girlfriend. His organization is in tatters. His car is destroyed (with his favorite Ramones album in it [which, he loses points for whining over It’s Alive instead of, say, Leave Home or Rocket to Russia, but still, it’s the Ramones]). Everything is falling apart. In the midst of all this, Flanagan stays drunk, acts like a bit of an asshole and a bit of a hero, and barely stays alive. Author Jay Brida has obviously spent a good deal of time watching movies like Miller’s Crossing and The Big Lebowski, and at times G.O.P D.O.A reads like an updated version of The Glass Key. So it’s not totally original, but I like the movies and books that he’s ripping off. And if you’re looking for a fun read, G.O.P D.O.A is exactly that. –Sean (Contemporary Press, <www.contemporarypress.com>)