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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: One Red Beetle Press, LLC (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615325270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615325279
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,653,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And you gotta like a female protagonist with the name of Jake LaMotta.
Julia Craig Herdt
I considered him a good journalist, but his first novel far surpassed any expectations I may have had.
Jennifer Gibson
Very entertaining read - I look forward to reading the next from TJ - he has a new fan.
Jesse A. Crowe

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julia Craig Herdt on May 24, 2010
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OK, so TJ Sullivan is not as outrageous as Carl Hiassen and his characters are not quite as outrageous (no hideously deformed villains or heroes who live in swamps and eat roadkill). Still, Hiassen fans will recognize the themes of the evil that can happen when greed and the lust for development overwhelm paradise and create obsessions that make sane people crazy. And you gotta like a female protagonist with the name of Jake LaMotta.
If you live in Southern California on land that used to be a citrus orchard or broccoli field, in a tract home on Orchard Lane in a development called something like "Bountiful Acres," you definitely should read this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kay Cordtz (Roybal) on December 1, 2009
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I read Boon this weekend and loved it. As a homeowner who bought at a bad time and place (Long Island 2005) and a former reporter who went over to the dark side of PR, the themes resonated with me. But I also loved the protagonist, all those glimpses of Espanola and the surprise ending! I admire anyone who writes a book, but you have my respect for this one. Thanks TJ!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jesse A. Crowe on December 11, 2009
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Living in Los Angeles you can't help but relate to the challenges faced by the hero of the story. I got really hooked about 30 pages in and ripped through the rest. Very entertaining read - I look forward to reading the next from TJ - he has a new fan.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Gallagher on February 1, 2010
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I acknowledge being a friend and former boss of T.J. Sullivan so I had high expectations for this book. I was not disappointed. The tale rings true. Anyone who has ever worked in a newspaper office knows the difference between a writer who has spent a few days there or a few years there. Sullivan's newsroom is authentic. His characters are newsroom types and not caricatures.

His narrative style moves you through the tale effortlessly. I never had the sense that the story was slowing down or needed a trim. Sullivan understands that a novel must be just as Woody Allen described as a shark: "Constantly moving forward." (Of course, Woody went on to describe his love relationship with Annie Hall as a "dead shark," but no need to go there now.)

Sometimes when you read a book written by a friend, you have to try to find a nice thing to say about it or risk losing the friendship. Not the case with "Boon" and Sullivan. It is a great read and I look forward to his next endeavor.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Schilling on November 23, 2009
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I just finished reading Boon and had to write a review.

Though I haven't read any other novels by TJ Sullivan, his name sounds so familiar and I hope there are more to come from this new (?) author.

He could be the next John Irving!

I really enjoyed the stuggle that Jake is faced with in the novel. And how could she be anything but a fighter with that name?

Her personal dilemma is set against the larger issue of real estate values and the ability of normal everyday people being able to buy a home. In today's world of falling home values, when so many of us have possibly purchased more than we can afford, the story really hits home.

I really enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it.

When does the next once come out??
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More About the Author

Like many authors, TJ Sullivan spent the start of his writing career as a newspaper reporter.

Born and raised in the City of Detroit, TJ is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He has written for newspapers from Kentucky to California, for which he covered everything from high school athletics to high-stakes casino gambling. A recipient of the distinguished Sigma Delta Chi Award, TJ's writing has appeared in hundreds of publications and has been recognized by many state and national organizations including the Associated Press, The Society of Professional Journalists and Best of the West. TJ has also been commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Commonwealth of Kentucky (Kentucky Colonel is the highest title of honor bestowed by that state).

Nowadays, TJ mostly writes books. His novel, "Boon," is a five-star read at Amazon.com and he's currently at work on a third novel (working title: "Howard Is Home From The Loop"). He and his wife live in Chicago.

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