Itís completely possible to read a book, enjoy a book, and then have almost no idea what itís about. Copping Free by Matthew Carnahan is such a book. Iíd be hard pressed to explain exactly what itís about, although Iím fairly sure that the plot mainly focuses on a thief named Bailey Quinn fleeing for his life after being double-crossed by his partners in crime.
But Copping Free contains so many twisty details, itís easy to get lost. That doesnít really matter, though. Enjoying Copping Free doesnít depend on insignificant things like following the plot. Itís all about the bizarre characters and dark comedy with which Carnahan populates his tale.
Thereís the circus sideshow that Bailey and his buddies (I think) hold up for a big score. Thereís the legless woman who briefly becomes Baileyís lover. There are crazed elephants, a beautiful waitress with an overprotective dog, and characters with names like Nik Slave and Xana Calipatria. Itís all such a fun, wild ride, all you can do is go with it and not worry about the details.
Copping Free isnít a book for those who like their fiction straight ahead and easy to follow. But for those who enjoy the colorful and the strange, itís a treat.