In Moses McGuire, Josh Stallings has given us a new hero. Battle-scarred, cynical and suicidal, frequently drunk and a regular dry-humper of strippers, he might not sound like the sort of person you'd see coming to the rescue, but don't be fooled: Moses is one of the most loyal, decent and moral people you'll meet (certainly between the pages of this novel).
In Beautiful, Naked and Dead, Moses is an avenging angel, albeit one with a pocket full of drugs and bullets. It's a long, hard journey he takes us on, and it's one hell of a ride. Buckle up and brace yourself - you won't want to miss a thing.
It's hard to believe this is Josh Stallings' debut novel. Not only is he a terrific story-teller, he's one hell of a writer. I cannot recommend this book highly enough: it gets five hard-earned, brutal, bloody stars.