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Reviewed by Darryl Greer for Readers' Favorite
In Darren Dash’s Molls Like It Hot, former British soldier Eyrie Brown is now a London cabbie, living a very ordinary life, eking out an existence driving one of London’s 21,000 iconic black cabs. He has a small, but close circle of friends; there is nothing extraordinary about his life. Until one, slow, wet, miserable night when fares are scarce and he stumbles into a gun-fight involving some East End gangsters. Bored, and desperate for a fare, he takes in a customer, Lewis Brue, who had been involved in the melee and drives him to safety. As a quid pro quo for getting him away from the scene, Brue makes him an offer that Eyrie at first considers too good to be true. All he has to do is babysit a beautiful young lady, Toni Curtis, for one weekend and return her on Sunday night. For that, he will pay him twenty-five thousand pounds, to Eyrie, a fortune that could set him up for a project he would like to undertake. He agrees. But looking after this feisty femme fatale proves a little more difficult than Eyrie could have imagined. By the end of Sunday night, his life will have changed forever.
Molls Like It Hot is written in the first person and there is a nostalgic air about it, reminiscent of Mickey Spillane books from another age. But there is nothing negative to be assumed from that. The scenes are highly visual, the dialogue crisp and realistic and Darren Dash’s characterization is so good you feel you personally know the people involved. The opening scene is like the first ten minutes of a thrilling action movie and as the story gets under way you just have to know where it is heading. The author’s choice of names for his characters is imaginative, making it impossible for you to confuse one for another. As the story nears its dramatic conclusion, it is anyone’s guess what is going to happen next. Molls Like It Hot really is a page-turner. At 194 pages it is not a lengthy novel but that is a plus. If you read it in bed, you’ll want to stay up all night until you finish. Just be careful if you have a bad heart.