Much has been made of the plot by other reviewers here, so I won't re-hash it, and I have to admit that the title of the book gave me pause. I'm no prude, but do I really want to read a book about the pornography industry?
Needless to say the industry itself is just the back drop to the life that the hapless Johnny has stumbled into, and people interested in the social history of the 1970s, when pornography became almost "mainstream" will find the author's treatment of the times of interest.
Primarily this is a crime thriller - which again has been mentioned is very much reminiscent of the galloping tales of Elmore Leonard. It certainly is dark, violent, over the top, and littered with the cultural references that people of a certain age will delight in. It's a fun book, not really meant to be taken too seriously, and with well defined characters who get themselves into all sorts of difficulties. It's well worth a read, once you get past the title.
Frankly, I do not usually pay much attention to book blurbs because of how writers generally trade them among themselves, their special way of exchanging rather painless favors. But to Charlie Stella's credit, most of the blurbs on the cover of "Johnny Porno" come not from authors, but from newspaper and magazine critics. And then there's this one from Ken Bruen, a man who has written several of my favorite hardcore crime novels, "Stella is a winner, a true artist." Despite my misgivings about the … more