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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 75 pages
  • Publisher: Books In Motion; Bubba Mabry edition (November 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605485837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605485836
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,266,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

This work introduces Bubba Mabry into the legion of fictional hard-boiled detectives, and Bubba's client is no less than the King himself. It seems that a hard-working but seriously overweight tabloid journalist spots a convincing Elvis look-alike in New Mexico. On closer examination, it turns out to be the genuine article, and Elvis becomes worried that he could be exposed, so he hires Bubba for some surveillance work at the astonishing rate of $30 an hour. A couple of corpses later, Bubba is a murder suspect, Elvis has left the building, and journalists are circling overhead like vultures. Narrator Gene Engene does an absolutely terrific job of conveying the humor and frantic pace of this comic crime novel. He does a wonderful imitation of Elvis, but he is even better with the more outrageous characters. To the folks at Books in Motion, I can only say...thank you, thank you very much. A priority purchase.ARay Vignovich, West Des Moines P.L., IA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Review

"A murder mystery filled with Albuquerque color . . . and offbeat characters anyone will enjoy." -- Albuquerque Journal

"Steve Brewer gives a fast-paced and witty look at how it might be if America's No. 1 celebrity really was alive. A wonderful new entry in the Private Eye field." --Tony Hillerman

More About the Author

STEVE BREWER is the author of two dozen books about crooks, including the Bubba Mabry mysteries and the recent crime novels A BOX OF PANDORAS, CALABAMA and LOST VEGAS.

His first Bubba novel, LONELY STREET, was made into a 2009 Hollywood comedy starring Robert Patrick, Jay Mohr and Joe Mantegna.

Under his new pen name Max Austin, Brewer is writing a series of hard-boiled crime stories set in Albuquerque, NM. The first, DUKE CITY SPLIT, was published by Alibi/Random House in April 2014. The second, DUKE CITY HIT, will come out in December 2014.

A former journalist and humor columnist, Brewer teaches part-time in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico. He's a frequent speaker at mystery conventions and was toastmaster at Left Coast Crime in 2011.

Married and the father of two adult sons, Brewer lives in Albuquerque.

More at www.stevebrewer.blogspot.com. Write him at abqbrewer@gmail.com.

Customer Reviews

I read this book years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters, especially Bubba Mabry.
Fair Reviews
I am very critical of the readers and many times I will take a book back to the library based on the fact that I do not like listening to a certain reader.
Dainy Masic
I really like Steve Brewer's writing style and the way he develops the characters that are introduced along the way.
robert

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Egger, author of Grave Accusations on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure anyone would want to emulate private eye Bubba Mabry's investigative style, but journalist Steve Brewer takes a delightful look at Albuquerque, New Mexico's beauty and dark side in this thriller. Brewer throws in a bit of the unrealistic by bringing Elvis Presley back to life -- although he shows readers a pretty good depiction of what the King would be like were he still alive. Several murders add enough blood for the morbid-at-heart, and the language makes up for a somewhat shaky plot. The characters, other than Elvis, are pretty ordinary -- the tired private eye looking for some dough, tabloid reporters out for the story of the century, a curvaceous Marilyn Monroe-type blonde who will either sleep with a man -- or threaten to shoot him -- in order to get information, and a couple of hulky thugs. But the combination of all the elements makes for a fast-read full of laughs, even in the face of horrible death.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dainy Masic on December 12, 2006
Format: Audio Cassette
I enjoy listening to audio books when I am in my car or when I am doing chores at home. I especially enjoy them when I am sewing. I am very critical of the readers and many times I will take a book back to the library based on the fact that I do not like listening to a certain reader. Gene Eugene, who is Bubba Mabry in this story, has a very cool Southern drawl and exceptional timing that makes him come alive as Bubba Mabry. Mr. Brewer gives him a wealth of hilarious one liners to make it very humorous. I really think this book would make a great movie, based on the easy going layed back character of Bubba. Finding an actor to play Bubba as well as Mr Eugene plays him would be the catch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Happy Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 22, 2011
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I really got a kick out of this mystery. It's like a hard-boiled detective story, but the toughness is just a shell. Underneath, there's humor, raunchy at times, but always a hoot. And the premise, that Elvis is alive and well and living incognito, is very well handled I thought, without unnecessary romanticism.

I got the movie based on the book (it's older and dropped in price) and Patrick Dennis is a GREAT aged Elvis.

Happy Reader
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By robert on November 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I've read all nine of the Bubba Mabry stories and thoroughly enjoyed them all. The order of the books in the series was confusing on some sites so here are the nine stories; 1) Lonely Street 2)Baby Face 3)Witchy Woman 4)Shaky Ground 5)Dirty Pool 6)Crazy Love 7)Monkey Man 8)Sanity Clause (which can be found on Kindle. It can also be found in the book titled The Last Noel which includes Sanity Clause plus stories by three other authors)and 9)Party Doll (on Kindle). Bubba is not your P.I. stereotype. He's not some quick witted, brave detective who will fight his way out of a tough spot. Bubba is somewhat inept and will run from a fight where possible. But in the end he does solve crimes. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say he stumbles into the solution. He barely scrapes by making a living from being a P.I. but it's what he enjoys doing, at least most of the time. What sets this series apart from many others is the humor that runs through out the books. These books will bring out everything from a grin to a good belly laugh. Of course there's also the mysteries which often border on the bizarre. I really like Steve Brewer's writing style and the way he develops the characters that are introduced along the way.
Give them try and you might find them addictive like I did. I'm hoping for many more books in the Bubba series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Johnson VINE VOICE on December 4, 2009
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I've never been a big fan of the crime mystery genre. Heck, I've never been a big fan of the mystery genre as a whole. But, Steve Brewer moved into our northern California community several years ago, and I discovered him through his weekly newspaper column. (His columns are the meat of his book "Trophy Husband: A Survival Guide to Working at Home.") I became a fan of his funny observations about family life and his career as writer and stay-at-home dad. After meeting him a couple of times, and learning that his first Bubba Mabry book had been made into a movie, I read this book, the first in the Bubba Mabry series.

Bubba is a fun protagonist. He's gullible, seldom the sharpest tool in the shed, and he gets beat up regularly. He's sort of an antithesis of the remarkably perceptive, borderline-superhero private eye to which we're accustomed. Still, despite his lapses of self-discipline, he's doggedly determined. I identify with Bubba a lot. Maybe I should be concerned.

I soon devoured the entire Bubba Mabry series. Steve Brewer was a journalist for twenty years before becoming a novelist, and that's telling in the way he writes. Journalists turned novelists seem to divide into two groups: There are those who maintain a spare, cut-to-the-chase style, and those who take too many liberties with their creative freedom and produce writing best described as bloated. Steve Brewer belongs to the former group. His writing is tight, and his character development economical without being skimpy. Steve Brewer strikes me as a fine writer, but really, I lack the background to judge the craft of writing. But I sure recognize great storytelling when I see it, and Mr. Brewer, in my estimation, is a damn fine storyteller.
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