Burp Gun Bandit

The Dudley Files Book 2

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
240 Pages
Reviewed on 03/03/2014
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Author Biography

Cary Robinson insists that Dudley, the golden-colored hound dog, writes the mystery novels, including Sold Out Without The Holdout and Burp Gun Bandit, while he merely types them up as the two of them sit out by the river and contemplate ways to not get any work done. Dudley started off with very little in life with a brief stint at The SPCA. He has no formal training, and he likes it that way. Now he has become an awarding author. A real wags to riches tail, if you will.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

In Burp Gun Bandit by Cary Robinson, Carlos, or Careless as he was known to everyone, was a man on a mission. He left home in Houston, Texas, and flew to Mexico to chase after a girl, Maria, that he had only met once and whose address he did not have. He did find Maria but the two months it took him to find her were enough for her to fall in love and get married to someone else. He returns home and now hopes that he has a chance with E.D. but, as always, it does not pan out. Careless goes back to his life of working at the family steel business and taking on odd investigations. He then lands what would turn out to be the best job of his career as an investigator - helping a family solve the mystery surrounding the estate of their recently deceased grandfather, Colonel Albert Swift of the 90th Infantry Division, World War II.

Burp Gun Bandit by Cary Robinson is a captivating story recounting the life of a man who, by any account, lives a rather peculiar lifestyle; the type of man who jumps onto a plane to chase after a girl he does not really know and has a dog for a best friend. He always takes on weird investigation cases and he uses his equally odd friends, including his best friend, the dog, to help him solve the best mystery of his career. Cary Robinson filled the novel with surprises, intrigue, drama, and humor to create a fast-paced page-turner. I enjoyed reading every page and did not want to put it down until the last one.

Brenda Ballard

Burp Gun Bandit by Cary Robinson is the second in The Dudley Files series. Dudley is the best friend of Careless, a free spirited single man who works by day in the family's pipe business and by night solves mysteries. With the help of his gorgeous upstairs neighbor, E.D., his other neighbor, Sarge, and his redneck friend, Birk, Careless will look into anything baffling or interesting. Dudley is the real hero of the group, though. He has tracking senses bar none (even if he lacks secretarial or driving skills). This edition takes them to a friend's farm in search of a missing miniature donkey and brings them right into the middle of a wild animal den. The death of a patriarch brings another case across Careless' desk as he tries to find out what is going on with the estate. Especially of interest is an old World War II burp gun that could just be the very key to the entire mystery!

Cary Robinson has a distinct writing style. Probably because Dudley cannot type but one can only wonder. Burp Gun Bandit is one book that whether you like it or not, you will certainly never forget it. Or at least a few of the catchy lines. Or Paul Simon lyrics. I would highly recommend starting at book one because I didn't and honestly, I think the whole thing would have made a lot more sense. If you like books with animals that play a big role in solving mysteries, characters that are as quirky as your own neighbors (probably), then you will love this one!

Lee Ashford

Burp Gun Bandit by Cary Robinson begins with a serious historical summary of the United States Texas Oklahoma 90th Infantry Division storming of Normandy, on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The prologue is detailed and impressive as it recounts the skirmishes faced by the 90th Infantry over the course of many months. I was somewhat taken aback, because the title and the description led me to believe this was a humorous book. In fact, it is a VERY humorous book, but the seriousness of the prologue was vital to setting up the rest of the story. Once I started reading Chapter One, I honestly can’t remember the last time I laughed so much. From start to finish, Burp Gun Bandit is precisely my idea of good humor. I laughed long, loud, and often as I read of the exploits of “Careless” and his dog, Dudley. Much to my surprise and delight, Burp Gun Bandit also turned out to be a pretty good mystery, too. Careless, whose real name is Carlos (which nobody ever calls him), works in his family’s steel yard, but has also enjoyed some success as a part-time private detective. Dudley, his golden-colored black-mouth cur, is his partner in life, as well as his partner in investigation. With help from a few friends, Careless and Dudley were able to solve a mystery involving the death of a beloved grandfather, a missing will, and a very wicked, greedy aunt.

Burp Gun Bandit is a brilliantly told story. Cary Robinson has captured the essence of a laid-back Texas redneck with a fondness for iced coffee and Jack Daniels. But he’s not hooked; he can quit coffee any time he wants! To truly appreciate the talent of Robinson, one has only to return to the prologue. It is almost unbelievable that the same person who wrote that laudable homage to the 90th Infantry Division also wrote such a funny story, in which he mastered the local color and idiom so well. Burp Gun Bandit gives ample evidence that things are not always as they seem, as in the case of Careless. Robinson has an extraordinarily broad-ranging imagination, which is on display throughout this story. If you have an appreciation for good, mostly wholesome humor, I heartily recommend Burp Gun Bandit as a must-read for your bookshelf.