Book Reviews

No Beast So Fierce by Edward Bunker

No Beast So Fierce by Edward Bunker begins with Max Dembo sitting in his cell in San Quentin on his last night inside.

After an eight year sentence, Max wants to go straight but almost immediately Max’s expectations are stymied after he wrote over 200 letters for job applications and got zero response in return.

Although Max starts out with the best of intentions the odds are stacked against him. It’s hard to know precisely when things go wrong, but slowly his chances of going straight diminish. His old friends are still involved in crime eight years later and encourage Max to join them. Initially Max resists, but no one wants to hire an ex-con.

Bunker spent 18 years in high security prison and later played the role of Mr Blue in the movie Reservoir Dogs, No Beast so Fierce is his first novel, and draws on his actual experience for much of the story, which is not so much a plot more a series of events.

This is a thrilling book from start to finish. If you enjoy crime novels and thrillers, with strong characters, than this book is highly recommended.

No Beast So Fierce by Edward Bunker is available now at the SMSA library in:


Grahame Marks
Secretary of the SMSA


No Beast So Fierce by Edward Bunker

When you join SMSA as member, you get a wide range of benefits.

Access to the SMSA Library

We are home to a unique collection of books, a highlight being our Mystery and Crime section.

Able to borrow from the Tom Keneally Centre

We are honoured to be the home of Tom Keneally’s personal collection of books, many of which have been used as research for his own works.

Access to member only events

Join a members group, share your passions, learn new skills, make new friends and get involved.

Access to member only activities such as members groups

We provide a variety of member only events, these are relaxed social occasions to have fun and make new friends.

Join as a Member

Subscribe to stay up-to-date