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Lucky Bastard Hardcover – April 17, 2012

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PRAISE FOR LUCKY BASTARD:

"Wickedly sharp and wildly entertaining. S.G. Browne is one of today's very best writers." —New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry

"Springboarding off a traditional noir framework, Browne delivers an insightful, intriguing tale....With twists aplenty, this fast-paced adventure succeeds as both a hard-boiled homage and a paranormal romp." —Publishers Weekly (starred review & Pick of the Week)

"Browne hits the funny bone hard....Smartly constructed fiction...that sets it apart from the crowd." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Full of witty writing and hilarious adventures...I laughed out loud many times. Read the book: it will be your good fortune." —New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson

"Lucky Bastard is wonderful San Francisco noir, full of humor, irony, hot women, and cranial trauma. What more could you ask for in a book? The titular bastard may be in for a very bad day, but Browne's readers are the lucky ones." —New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden

"A very clever novel....Nick [Monday] is a likable narrator...and the story’s lightly noirish feel gives the proceedings an evocatively gritty texture. This one will appeal equally to readers of mysteries and fantasies." —Booklist

About the Author

S.G. Browne is the author of Big Egos, Lucky Bastard, Breathers, Fated, and the Breathers novella I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus, as well as the ebook collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel. He lives in San Francisco. Follow the author on Twitter and Facebook, or visit SGBrowne.com.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition first Printing edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451657196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451657197
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

S.G. Browne is the author of the novels LESS THAN HERO, BIG EGOS, LUCKY BASTARD, FATED, and BREATHERS, as well as the novella I SAW ZOMBIES EATING SANTA CLAUS. His short story collection SHOOTING MONKEYS IN A BARREL contains ten twisted tales and is available as an eBook.

His writing has been influenced by Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, Christopher Moore, Kurt Vonnegut, and the films of Charlie Kaufman and Wes Anderson, among others. He loves dark comedies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and is a sucker for It's a Wonderful Life.

You can learn more about S.G. Browne and his writing at www.sgbrowne.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AMNB on April 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Lucky Bastard rocks. I can't say enough good things about this book. Mostly, S.G. Browne has a made a fan for life.He's one of the most clever and insightful authors out there. His writing is brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Unabridged Chick on September 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books I fell in love with at the first line, and my breathless passion for it lasted through to the very final line. Ours is a timeless affair.

Seriously, though, this book is hilarious. A little rude, wicked funny, and surprisingly meaty.

Nick Monday is a private investigator in San Francisco, but not all of his business comes from investigating. He's one of a rare handful of people who can feel, and steal, another person's luck. Someone survive a horrifying accident? They're lucky. Politician have a life ruining scandal? Someone stole their luck. Luck poachers, like Nick, make money trading in various grades of luck (and the way they distill luck gleaned from others is horrifying!).

But things get a bit skunky for Nick when he's tapped by the government to deliver bad luck to a local gangster. That same day, said gangster hires him to steal luck, and worse, the foxy daughter of a politician he poached from hires him to find out who poached her father's luck. If it sounds confusing, it's only because I'm explaining it wrong -- Browne makes this crazy plot work.

There's a bouncy, banter-y sense to the novel which made effortless to read -- I raced through it -- and I loved Nick. He's got a line for everything.

Quote from book: "But I don't poach bad luck," I whisper. "At least, not anymore. And I only did it once."

She shrugs and takes another bite of her tortellini. "It's like herpes. Once is all it takes."

It's bad enough to get turned down for sex by a cute little luck poacher who screwed you over once already. But when you've been compared to herpes, that's when you know you should have stayed in bed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carl Alves on April 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Meet Nick Monday. He's a private investigator and a luck poacher. Luck poacher? Nick Monday can steal a person's luck from them, good or bad, just by shaking their hand. He then processes it in a rather disgusting manner and sells it to people. I never fully understood why he wouldn't just take the luck and go to Vegas or buy a bunch of lottery tickets, but it apparently doesn't work well doing it that way.

Lucky Bastard is 355 pages of sheer brilliance. It's the type of novel that just flies by as your reading it. It's light, it's fun, the pacing is great and the characters are both memorable and likeable. Nick Monday is a well crafted character who wears sarcasm like a badge of honor and is loaded with flaws, yet still remains likeable. There is Tommy Wong, the Hugh Hefner like Asian gangster who is forcing our brave hero to poach luck for him or face a gruesome death. There is Nick's assistant Doug, a.k.a Bow Wow who is a wannabe gangsta rapper. You have scooter girl, a maybe luck poacher who Nick has the hots for, and a woman pretending to be the daughter of San Francisco's mayor, whose luck got poached by Nick. But my favorite is Alex, the irritating vegan driver working for Tommy Wong. His back and forth insults with Nick are absolutely priceless. Undoubtedly these characters will be staying with me for a while.

The book takes place in one day. As the day progresses, things just keep getting worse for our brave hero, and the by the end of it, all hell has broken loose, and Nick's life has spiraled out of control. Nick has to keep himself alive as well as his sister and a little boy who has pure, the highest grade of good luck there is. Mixed in with all of the humor is a good deal of poignancy .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Buda on September 5, 2012
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After flying through Browne's first two novels (Breathers, Fated) I could not wait to get my hands on his third. I enjoy his style of writing, featuring modern references with sprinkled in humor. The problem with Lucky Bastard isn't the idea or the subject matter of the book, it's just the delivery. I didn't enjoy ANY of the characters in the book, Monday himself is far too sarcastic and comical to be remotely realistic, and the antagonists are a plenty throughout the novel. Basically I was just waiting to see what went wrong next. There is too much philosophy about the idea of luck, and not enough of a plot to the novel. The best parts of the novel in my opinion were the couple of references to Fated, they made me smile the widest. At the end of the day, this novel had promise but came up just short.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on September 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a huge fan of mysteries featuring private investigators, I was eager to read this story. I dived into it thinking that it would be a traditional read but was pleasantly surprised when it took a different turn.

Yes, it is about a private eye going about his work, but it's got a quirky paranormal element thrown in and I think that's what makes it an appealing read. Mr. Browne did a wonderful job taking the everyday and giving it a unique twist. Not just a different feel, but he threw in something strange like stealing someone else's luck. It has some very funny scenes and I loved the narrator's voice which is the main character telling the story in the first person, present tense. The background information on his life, his family, and how he came to steal luck from others was cleverly weaved into the tale.

It's peppered with some interesting characters, while a few of them were slightly clichéd, others were pure delight. The dialogue is snappy, even zingy with one-liners and come-backs that had me laughing out loud at times. At 358 pages I expected this to feel like a longer read but was surprised when I'd reached the end and hadn't noticed how fast I'd gotten through it.

Lucky Bastard won't be for every die hard PI mystery fan, but if you're looking for something a little different, this is one to put on your to read list.

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