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Jack Wakes Up (Jack Palms Crime Mysteries) Paperback – January 17, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Breakneck Books (January 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979692954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979692956
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,274,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Readers who like their hard-boiled crime fiction violent and gritty will cheer Harwood's debut. An arrest for domestic battery derailed the acting career of Jack Palms, a one-hit wonder known for his role in the action film Shake 'Em Down, who's been leading a quiet, uneventful and alcohol-free existence in Sausalito, Calif. In need of money, Jack can't resist the offer of an old friend, Ralph Anderino, to help entertain some visiting Czechs looking for a large chunk of blow. Soon, the ex-actor stumbles on Anderino lying facedown in his Jacuzzi with a good chunk of his skull missing. To avoid being fingered for the murder, Jack shares what he knows with the cop who arrested him for domestic assault. Jack then decides to play with fire by stepping into Anderino's role to make the coke sale happen. While the plot line may be familiar, the taut prose and fast pacing bode well for future entries in the series. (May)
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Review

“Jack Wakes Up rocks! It's a fast, smooth ride on a highway not found on any map.” —Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Brass Verdict

“Exhilarating . . . reads like a long-lost Mickey Spillane tale as directed by Robert Rodriguez.”
—Megan Abbott, Edgar Award winning author of Queenpin

“A cold, refreshing slap of glorious mayhem that doesn’t allow you to blink until you turn the last page.”
—Jason Pinter, bestselling author of The Mark --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Seth Harwood is the author of the bestselling novels IN BROAD DAYLIGHT and JACK WAKES UP, as well as YOUNG JUNIUS and THIS IS LIFE. He is also the author of the short story collection A LONG WAY FROM DISNEY.

Harwood pioneered the concept of serializing crime fiction as podcast-only novels in 2006, and several of his books are still available in that format for FREE at his website, sethharwood.com.

He holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has taught creative writing at Iowa, UMass Boston, Stanford and the City College San Francisco. Originally from Boston and Cambridge, MA, Seth Harwood now makes his home in San Francisco. You can contact him through sethharwood.com, on Twitter (@sethharwood) or find his author page on Facebook.

Customer Reviews

Fast paced and easy to read, it kept me interested from the first page until the last.
J. H. Hastings
The action is fast paced and well told, the plot itself is great, and I really love these characters.
Jeremy S. Osborne
I listened to the free podcast, I read the free PDF download, and today I bought the book.
Simeon Weinraub

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Scott C. Sigler on January 30, 2008
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I was lucky enough to be an advance reader for this shoot-em-up, and the book's sheer testosterone-steeped power corrupted my once-pristine morals.

Welcome to the seedy underbelly of San Francisco, where drug lords, ambitious gangsters, partyin' terrorists and imported hitmen rock the bars, trash the stripclubs and tear through the city streets in a tire-squealing cherry Fastback, guns-a-blazin and bystanders be damned.

There's no wasted words in this book. JACK WAKES UP reads like watching a .44 slug in slow-motion: rope-tight storytelling that's going to punch a big hole in whatever it hits. Harwood excels at character creation, making a pantheon of playas you want to simultaneously see live forever and/or get shot in the face at point-blank range.

Jack Palms is a washed-up ex-action star on the good side of a twelve-month dance with Narcanon. Jack is the everyman that stumbles into a frantic drug war, a believable person in an unbelievable situation. Drawn into the plot by a need for cash, kept in by loyalty, then trapped by new enemies and a lack of options, Jack tries to stay alive ... and stay clean and sober.

JACK WAKES UP is like a Tarantino film pulled off the screen, rolled in a John Woo zig-zag wrapper and sparked up with a vintage Miami Vice lighter. Buy it now and thank me later.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Scullion on January 30, 2008
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Seth Harwood has created an action-packed, crime noir novel, that never lets up. Jack Palms, washed up action hero, stumbles into the crime world of San Francisco drug trade,while trying to find the murderer of his friend. If that wasn't bad enough, he has self doubts about life, his addictions, his divorce and failed career, staying sober, all the while while trying to stay alive. Harwood's writing style quickly gets you hooked, and maintains a frantic pace throughout the story, while maintaining multiple characters and storylines. I found Jack Wakes Up very easy to get completely absorbed in, and very hard to put down. Full of action, and not everything is as it seems! I hope the sequel comes out soon afterward!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Hutchins on January 30, 2008
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Seth Harwood's "Jack Wakes Up" doesn't just entertain ... it grabs you by the collar and drags you through a California crimescape so real, you'll wonder if you're actually reading fiction. Jack Palms, the story's unlikely hero, is brilliantly realized. You'll feel for the character -- and you'll feel the impact of Harwood's brass-knuckled plot twists, too. An excellent debut novel.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Jacob on February 4, 2008
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Seth Harwood brings the characters to life and makes the story grab you by the collar and drag you along on a roller-coaster ride of Jack Palms, the central character trying to keep his head above water in a situation where he's really out of his depth and learning as he goes along. It's hard-hitting crime noir, and it's really fantastic. Harwood's prose is easy to read, not too verbose, and yet is rich and conveys depth in settings, plots and character development. I have listened to the podcast audio book version of "Jack Wakes Up", and I will be getting the paperback as soon as it is released. Well worth reading. Well worth buying.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Hunt on February 2, 2008
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When you're a Big action hero like Jack Palms its easy to get off track, Very easy with endless parties, free drugs,booze and sundry bimbos. After getting pinched on Drug and domestic assault charges Jack finds himself out of work, out of love and out of luck. Several years pass, The drugs are a bad memory,the woman is is gone and all that is left is an endless cycle of workouts and introspection. A chance phone call from an old friend promises to get jack some much needed cash and even more needed excitement...But as Jack Wakes Up he finds that he may be over his head and out of his league, because no one seems to be able to separate him from his movie persona ...and it might just get him killed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Warrington on February 8, 2008
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This book is a Crime Thrilla and Action Adventure. Seth grabs you with real life characters like Jack Palms who is trying to recover after a dirty 'Hollywood Style' divorce and a bad drug addiction. Clean, sober and looking to make a new life for himself - Jack hooks up with an old friend to make a drug deal to get some much needed cash. It all turns bad and spirals out of control. This is a must read book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Bos on January 31, 2008
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This is an excellent book. Highly reccommended for anyone who enjoys an action packed, locked and loaded, high caliber story filled with memorable characters and a compelling plot.
Buying this book isn't even a question for me, highly reccomended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rob King on January 31, 2008
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I credit Jack Wakes Up (and pretty much everything else by Seth Harwood) for getting me addicted to podcasts. Jack Wakes Up delivers the goods non-stop. Guns, drugs, fights, crime, intrigue, girls, cars... it's all good.
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