The Book with No Name is best described as a Quintin Tarantino styled all-action horror onslaught, with vampires, hitmen, monks, cops, local gangs, and a serial killer called the Bourdon Kid. It should be chaos, it should be unmanageable, it shouldn’t work, but it does.
The novel is mostly set in the fictional town of Santa Mondega, and in particular, the Tapioca bar owned by Sanchez. Very like a Tarantino film, the characters are unnatural and outlandish, just like the Elvis impersonating hitman, the vampires and the surprising woman who just came out of a 5-year coma with amnesia. The stylisation is eccentric and the ridiculous non-stop pace through the book is breath-taking.
The Bourbon Kid while considered a serial killer with an arcade-game kill ratio, is somehow considered the good guy, and he is when you consider the other characters. Everyone who reads an ancient book titled “The Book with No Name” from an anonymous author, is murdered soon afterwards.
The dialogue is on point with the style, it’s witty, pacey and gritty. This feels like a guilty pleasure, a book that just stimulates the senses.
The Bourbon Kid is also the alias that the real-life anonymous author gave himself. He was an Indie author that remains anonymous but tells in an interview how he found it difficult to secure publisher contracts but battled through to becoming a best-selling author today. In total there are 4 books in the Bourbon Kid series.