Date: June 2020
Duration: 8 hours 6 minutes
Ex-con ruins racist gang! He pranks the hell out of them.
Comic, yet touching.
(This is subtle literary fiction.)
Members of an all-white prison gang threaten Patrick, a white ex-con who deals meth in San Diego and who likes all races.
Patrick quits crime and befriends the police. Then he and a con artist legally prank and harass the racists.
When a law-abiding Asian American woman informs Patrick that he got her pregnant, he immediately marries her. Asians now in his family, Patrick destroys the racist gang, pranking them with a vengeance, until they get hurt, go straight, or get arrested.
Watch out! Eric Hertz is a master of satire. Pranked Straight is a scathing lampoon, and Eric's wit is extra dry (so bitterly dry you might not notice it). But the story is rolling, fluid, and exciting.
This is an interracial adventure. It's like George Orwell meets Joseph Wambaugh (with a dash of Harper Lee). But this story is written in a modern style, set in San Diego.
I especially admire the endearing way Mr. Hertz portrays Mexican gangsters in this novel.
Juan Neptune - Mexico City Literary Club