Image of Happy Hour in Hell (Bobby Dollar)


Image of Happy Hour in Hell (Bobby Dollar)

Despite Williams’ reputation as a creative and prolific writer, the second installment of his Bobby Dollar series would have benefited from several more rounds of editing. The narration style is repetitive and the language is mundane, making potentially interesting situations, characters and locales completely uninteresting. At the heart of the story is a well thought-out plot with mystery and supernatural thrills, but it is a challenge to enjoy when it is buried beneath the author’s inability to create suspense. Happy Hour in Hell lacks the polished feel that could have made it a great book.

Bobby Dollar is head over heels in love, but he and Caz have many trials ahead if they want to stay together. Not the least of their problems is that Bobby is an angel and Caz is really Casimira, the Countess of Cold Hands — a demoness owned by a grand duke of hell. On top of that, the war between heaven and hell continues to rage while a group of rebels have created a “Third Way” for departed souls. Bobby may be in over his head when he decides to rescue Caz from hell. To get there, he inadvertently becomes entangled in the political secrets of heaven, and once there, will he be able to get back? (DAW, Sep., 400 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Abigail Ortlieb