(Austin Carr Mystery)
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Down & Out Books (September 17, 2014)
Wall Street’s miasmal garbage washes up on the Jersey Shore when a small time broker falls in love: Is he attracted to the beautiful lady — or her brother’s inside information? Held spellbound by a steamy, auburn-haired woman with a questionable past and a get-rich-quick, insider trading scheme, Austin Carr knocks down a beehive of bad-acting Bonacellis, including the ill-tempered Mr. Vic Bonacelli, who wants his redhead back, and local mob lieutenant Mama Bones Bonacelli, architect of a strange and excruciating death trap for the fast-talking stockbroker she calls smarty pants. To survive, Austin must unravel threads of jealousy, revenge and new affections, discovering the fate of a pseudo ruby called the Big Mojo, and close the lid on a pending United States of America vs. Austin Carr insider trading case. Can Austin and his Jersey Shore mouthpiece possibly out maneuver the savvy U.S. District Attorney from Manhattan? Does anything matter for Austin again if Mama Bones flips that switch?
This book started out with numerous seemingly mismatched people and stories. A stock broker, an old Italian lady casting spells, a bartender about to be married, a red-headed woman, a thug from another country. At first I thought, where is this all going? But by the end of the book, the author wraps up all the story lines together in one big bow. I felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book because of the author’s descriptive writing style and wouldn’t be surprised to see this book turned into a movie one day.
I enjoyed that the book took place down the Jersey shore, as I am a native New Jersey girl. I loved the name the author gave the river, a combination of the Manasquan and Navesink. I also enjoyed following the characters through Red Bank and Sandy Hook–places I know well. The only thing that made me raise an eyebrow was when Austin saw a pelican. Pelicans aren’t really associated with the northern shores of Jersey. A seagull, yes. Pelican? In nearly 44 years having lived in NJ, I’ve never heard of one being there. I know that’s a silly observation, and certainly didn’t detract from the story, but I just felt it sounded strange enough to stick in my head.
All-in-all, I enjoyed this thriller and look forward to reading more from this author. The characters are likeable and I didn’t feel lost in the plot, despite the fact that I hadn’t read the other books in the series. 4 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review as part of a book tour.
About This Author
Former Los Angeles Times reporter Jack Getze is Fiction Editor for Anthony nominated Spinetingler Magazine, one of the internet’s oldest websites for noir, crime, and horror short stories. Through the Los Angeles Times/Washington Post News Syndicate, his news and feature stories were published in over five-hundred newspapers and periodicals worldwide. His two screwball mysteries, BIG NUMBERS and BIG MONEY, are being reissued by DOWN & OUT BOOKS, with the new BIG MOJO to follow. His short stories have appeared in A Twist of Noir and Beat to a Pulp. Getze is an Active Member of Mystery Writers of America’s New York Chapter.
“Gordon Gekko meets Janet Evanovich in this wry and winning caper–Jack Getze does it again!”
~Hank Phillippi Ryan
Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award winning author of TRUTH BE TOLD
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