Paper Targets, Art Can Be Murder by Steve S. Saroff

I’m always curious, so when I got a contact notification and it’s from an author who says, “hey you just read and reviewed a book with the same title as mine” – I’m intrigued. Trust me they are not the same book!

Enzi is a self taught man in an industry that still likes to see those degrees. The book follows his life and entanglements from childhood to homelessness to flying private and fancy hotels. Enzi must protect a lot of who he is and finds himself in a situation that might be beyond his skills and knowledge. 

Enzi has positioned himself between a quasi-girl friend who is mostly unhinged and a very dangerous yet suave criminal demanding a high level of cybercrime.

I enjoyed most of this book. At times there was a decrease in the speed of events and I had to remind myself what was probably going to be right around the corner for these characters.

Right now this is available on KU – it’s worth a read.

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“A wonderfully written thriller with Big Sky country as a setting.” – Kirkus Reviews

“An astonishing novel. Highly recommended to everyone, especially those interested in noir, art, a blazing narration, and all of our deeply unsettling subconsciouses. Saroff also seems capable of laying down the perfect sentence on command.” – Michael Fitzgerald, author of Radiant Days and founder of Submittable.

Montana Voice podcast host Saroff debuts with a novel about an enigmatic loner who attracts strange characters as he tries to do good—or repair the bad he has done.

“Enzi is … a runaway and a dyslexic who started with nothing. But he discovers a talent for — and a fascination with — math and winds up a successful computer coder with his own company. But he has come under the sway of Tommy Tsai, a very smooth and very, very bad guy, and gets drawn into cybercrime. At the same time, he posts bail for, and falls half in love with, a young woman named Kaori, an unbalanced Japanese artist prone to not just violent mood swings, but violence itself.

“Halfway through the novel, the Kaori story takes a back seat to Enzi’s desperate fight to break Tsai’s hold over him. It’s unwise to try to walk away from Tommy Tsai, who has murderous contacts, and true to thriller conventions, the plot involves a race against time.

“The story is set in Montana (mostly Missoula), and Enzi can wax eloquent about the surrounding mountains and streams. That’s one way his tale has something of the spirit of Hemingway stories like ‘Up in Michigan.’ Another is that his spare — for the most part — prose seems designed to step out of the way but is arresting in itself. But Saroff is also capable of lyric flights and striking metaphors.” – Kirkus Reviews

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