BE BAD NOW!
From the case files of Texas Detective Sgt. Jumpin’ Jack Kellog
In the 80s, a lone Texas detective takes on the bastardized brotherhood of the Northeastern Mafia and Cowboy Mafia.
In the 80’s a recession stampedes Texas. The oil industry dries up, laying high rollers low and sending the entire state of Texas into a tornado-like down spin. Northern mobsters invade these cracks in the Lone Star State. Their schemes: corruption, loan sharking, gambling, extortion, drug and human trafficking, and murder for hire — all backed with strong arms swinging bats, psychos pointing guns, torture, violence and death.
The city of West Forge, a stone’s throw from Houston, is Sgt. Jumpin’ Jack Kellog’s town. And when organized crime seeps in, Kellog’s brand of justice knows no bounds. He tracks, fights, kicks and shoots his way through conspiracies, threats, ambushes and showdowns. Pushed to near-madness by angst with informants inside his agency and lurking everywhere, Jack tackles the thugs, bosses, lawyers, politicians and businessmen on the mob payroll, in a battle that takes him from the swamps of Louisiana, to the ghettos of Houston, to casinos in Vegas and even through the Halls of Congress in Washington D.C.
Can Kellog beat the Yankee Mafia? Beat the Cowboy Mafia? Their Crime Confederation? How bad is bad enough when you must Be Bad Now? (292 pages. Over-sized paperback.)
“If you want to read about men with nothing but miles of nothing between them and backup, you are going to want to read BE BAD NOW. Clint Eastwood would produce this one in that style best known for Dirty Harry’s hard-nosed attitude about punks, and Kellog would be able to do it justice. When you finish reading BE BAD NOW, you won’t be able to wait, you’ll be looking for more ink coming from the pen of Hock Hochheim.” – Alpine Mountaineer
“Be Bad Now is a selection of incidents taken from the police files of fictional detective Jack Kellog, a lonely, frustrated, dedicated and hard-working police detective in a satellite suburb of Houston, Texas. It is a fun read, and the pace moves quickly as Kellog struggles to battle street thugs and the tendrils of La Cosa Nostra as they try to make inroads to set up a “Texas Mafia” in the Lone Star State in the 1980s. Some of the plot is loosely based upon Texas millionaire Rex Cauble of Denton, a high stakes rancher who ran the “Cutter Bill” outlets in the 1970s and who had a working drug empire in Texas known as “The Cowboy Mafia” but only loosely. The involvement of the LCN and the ultimate dispensing of justice is uniquely the author’s and satisfying to read.
The feel of the book is hard to describe. It has the tight pace and rapid action of one of Don Pendleton’s Executioner novels, but Jack Kellog isn’t Mack Bolan; he is a dedicated cop who has rules to follow to stay inside the law. He often stretches those rules to the point of breaking, and occasionally he does snap a few strands, but always in the interest of justice so the bad guys don’t win. He is a man in an eternal fight against the predators of Mankind and he knows it. The predators overwhelm the law and his own abilities, but he stays in the fight because that’s who he is. He knows Good and Evil and he knows which side he’s on. It also has a Texas flavor of the “Walker Texas Ranger” TV series, especially in the form of a black Texas Ranger named Wisdom who is one of Kellog’s best friends. In many ways, the Kellog character reminds me of Burt Reynold’s character Tom Sharkey in the 1981 movie, “Sharkey’s Machine,” but with a decidedly Texas flavor.
You can definitely feel the author’s familiarity with the attitudes and working conditions of Texas police officers obtained through his personal experience. You can’t help but feel that some of the characters were based on people he really knew. The action and the language is real and direct and the pace moves quickly. You want to find out what happens next. Kellog isn’t a perfect human being, but he is the kind of cop you want on your side to stand against the wolves at the door. If you like hard-core fast-moving police stories with a sense of justice, Be Bad Now is a definite read. You’ll enjoy it.” – Ed Stowers, Western Writer
“This was a very fun book to read! Be Bad Now is an entertaining, quick read perfect for a reader who is fond of crime and military fiction (and nonfiction). Written in a clean, yet descriptive manner of someone who’s spent a career in law enforcement, this vivid tale is nuanced enough for the discerning reader, yet accessible to anyone who hasn’t read anything more pressing than a fast food menu. Worth the purchase price. Plot: I’d give it 5/5 stars. The plot intro and setting were not something I was expecting, and it really helped me get into what I thought might be one long diary entry detailing police work and gunfights (which it’s not). There are plenty of ins and outs in here, despite it being a quick read. There’s plenty of action and a sprinkling of non-gratuitous, realistic, adult language. The reader looking for some excitement will not be left disappointed! If you liked the movies “Taken” and “Boondock Saints”, you’ll probably like this book.” – Thomas Pentzer, Editor
“Hock knows how to tell a story, and he’s had some wild experiences during his years as a cop. You won’t want to miss this.” – Leanna Ellis, Author
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