Jack Getze is back with a new Austin Carr Mystery and
he is touring all month with Great Escapes.
(An Austin Carr Mystery) (Volume 2)
Published by Down & Out Books (December 31, 2013)
Paperback: 218 pages
E-Book File Size: 884 KB
THREE WOMEN ARE MAD ENOUGH TO KILL HIM …
Left in charge of a third-rate Jersey Shore investment firm, suspended stockbroker Austin Carr becomes the prize in a war between two crime crews, a powerful state investigator and Mama Bones Bonacelli, his boss’s wacky mother. Barely staying alive with mobsters, beautiful cops, and a hitman he calls The Creeper chasing him, Carr stumbles into the secret world of a beautiful but desperate woman — a murderer who chooses Austin as her next victim.
Austin starts out in a better place. He is working at Shore Securities as a Special Management Adviser waiting for his stockbroker suspension to be lifted. Then the owner decides to leave town for awhile and leaves Austin in charge. Things go downhill quickly and spin out of control. There are just so many things that famous Austin Carr grin can get him out of and The Creeper isn’t falling for it.
Jack Getze tells a hell of a story. There is a naked woman with a shotgun, kidnappings, mob bosses, bullets flying, “Mama Bones”, a crazy hit man, and so much more.These things shouldn’t be funny but the way Austin tells his story he had me laughing out loud again just like in the first story. Austin Carr is quite the character, he truly has the “Gift of Gab” and I swear he can find trouble anywhere and everywhere. Sometimes he doesn’t think with the head at the top of his body and that always means chaos.
All the characters are rich and colorful from Bluefish, the Jersey Mobster, to the hit man, The Creeper, to cop Fran Dahler, and many more. Mama Bones” Bonacelli was unbelievable. She is one Mama you don’t want to mess with.
The author calls his work “screwball mysteries” and that is what they are. They definitely are not cozy and I never laugh like this when reading a Harlan Coben story. The plot is well written and flows perfectly. Once I started reading I just couldn’t stop. When it ended I still wasn’t ready to stop, Getze leaves us with a fantastic cliffhanger.
It is a great way to escape for an afternoon or evening. Please be aware this story is full of adult content and adult language. To get to know Austin you have to start with Big Numbers, then you won’t be able to wait to read Big Money. Then you will be like me, impatiently waiting for BIG … (Book #3).
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.
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