Book Title: Three-Fingered Jack Davis
Book Author: DJ Swykert
Page Count: 239
Publishing Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Magic Masterminds LLC
Date Read: September 21st, 2017
Three-fingered Jack Davis and Jesse James Hofstetler operate a dope house in Detroit.
They sell some black tar heroin laced with carfentanyl, a drug used to tranquilize elephants, to a house full of addicts. Several of the addicts overdose and now Jack and Jesse are stuck with a number of dead bodies to deal with.
The two men aren’t evil, not in the sense of a serial killer, but under the law they have committed murder. But they also have a very human side, Jack takes in a young addict named Posie and offers her protection, and Jesse saves the life of an overdosed girl called Imogene, who goes by the name of Im.
Looking for refuge they hook up with Marielle, nicknamed Hell, a prostitute who owns a house of ill repute in the neighborhood. The lives of the five become intertwined as they are investigated by tough, but fair, Detroit homicide detective Bonnie Benham. The story proceeds through the perilous habitat of drug users, dealers and detectives to an unusual, but just, conclusion.
Three-Fingered Jack Davis is a fast paced, action packed ride through the seedy underbelly of the drug rings of Detroit. It is dark, deep, and gritty. This one will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end!
I have to admit that I was surprised and entertained by this one. It is definitely not something I would have picked up at first glance, but once I started reading it, I could not put it down! It was intense and gutsy and gripped me until the end. I honestly felt like it was well written, thoroughly action packed, and delivered a wild story! D.J. Swykert had a fantastic writing style and offered a bold look in to the lives of hard addicts. The plot was exciting and the characters were well developed.
Jack was an insane character. It took guts to write a character like him. He was immoral, eccentric, and had an intriguing personality. He was so focused on his business, and his next fix, but had a hidden layer of compassion, deep, deep down.
Jesse had me mind boggled. He was so different from Jack, and seemed to have more layers and more of a transformation throughout the story. He was able to admit that he was an addict and knew what that cost him, but still seemed to only care about partying. But, he played a major role in the story and the plot twists, and ended up being quite entertaining.
Im, or Imogene, was almost symbolic of innocence in the presence of corruption. She was, of course, a hard addict, worried about her next fix. But, she also had layers of compassion, curiosity, and intelligence. She definitely underwent a character transformation and added depth to the story.
Hell, or Marielle, was the crazy, unstable one of the group. She was such an unpredictable bitch, and yet, was so incredibly fascinating at the same time. She added a lot of character to the story and some ballsy plot twists!
This one was definitely intense. It was meant for mature audiences, with sexual content, drug use, and murder, but was certainly entertaining and well written. I would recommend it to those who enjoy crime thrillers, true-crime television, and books and television about drug cartels.
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