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Muscle for Hire (The Twin Cities Series) [Kindle Edition]

Sean O'Neill
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Shamefully entertaining… Sean O’Neill pulls it off masterfully!” – The Dirty Lowdown

In a rollercoaster ride of plot and counter-plot in the grimy and violent side of the Midwest, Tooley, a Scottish student on sabbatical becomes entangled in the gangland underbelly of the Twin Cities. Murder, illegal dog-fighting, robbery, gang warfare and a suicide bomber conspire to sink him deeper into the mire of the criminal world. Can he find a way of escaping without incurring the wrath of the rival mob bosses, the FBI and the police, and still manage to stay alive?

If there is a hilarious side to noir, this is it. This “oh-so-damned cynically funny” novel will keep you alternately on the edge of your seat and rolling on the floor laughing.


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  • File Size: 460 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W0BNOG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book August 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Ralph Tooley; a college student sent on a "sabbatical" by his father to work for his Uncle Alex in St. Paul, Minnesota. Little did poor Ralph know when he got there that his job with Uncle Alex was to collect money from clients who were slow to pay the installments on their loans. Uncle Alex is a loan shark! Then Ralph gets picked up by muscle from Uncle Alex's rival, Big Ted, and told he's dead meat if he doesn't quit collecting from Big Ted's clients. Ralph is now between a rock and a hard place. Does he continue to collect for Uncle Alex and get killed by Big Ted's muscle, or does he quit collecting and have Uncle Alex's muscle kill him? To add to his problems, the FBI picks him up and wants him to help them put his Uncle Alex and his cohorts in prison or they will put him in prison. What more could go wrong with his life? Oh, yes! He happens to run across a terrorist who is planning to kill the President of the United States when he makes an appearance at Target Field in St. Paul and no one believes him when he reports it! I found myself laughing out loud at some of Ralph's exploits and his attempts to get out of Uncle Alex's clutches so he can return to Scotland and get back to a normal life. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it, but enjoyed it completely!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
"Muscle for Hire" which is one of the greatest books I didn't know I was going to read last month....okay, let me put it this way. What a great book! Like finding a signed first edition of The Maltese Falcon for a dollar at a yard sale.

Ralph Tooley is a "gap year" student, in English...okay in American English, that means he is taking a sabbatical, a few months off of college. Tooley has already completed his first year at Glasgow University in English Literature when his dad gave him an ultimatum. Quit hanging out with his rough friends or leave the country for a few months. At least that is his dads excuse. After all, Tooley is getting good grades, but as we learn, no ones motive is exactly on the up and up in this dark, dangerous, violent and oh so damn cynically funny novel.

The story is shamefully entertaining as Sean O'Neill's use of metaphor and original hardboiled simile is channeled through Tooley's muse, Raymond Chandler. Chandler is often imitated, but Sean is spot on. Clearly influenced but totally and joyfully original. The story has more twists and turns, so many side capers and mini plots, whacky characters and twists per inch, that you wonder how any author could bring them all around and as Chandler said, "the solution, once revealed must seem inevitable." And Sean O'Neill not only pulls this off, but pulls it off masterfully. I think I have found that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in Mr. O'Neill.,he is sure to be a hit!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Wannabe October 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As you read the reviews of this book you see a very big swing between the opinions. You either love it or you don't. I was one of the latter. I finally got thru the book. One feels that the author wants to be an old fashion mystery/detective writer but doesn't quite succeed. It also looks like he goes to the dictionary and finds big words and then attempts to work them in. Sometimes they do not fit. The plot is a little unbelievable but the characters do fit the plot. I believe you should pass on reading this book. This is not even "the chewing gum of American Literature" of which Mickey Spillane spoke. I received a copy of this book for my review.
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More About the Author

Originally from Scotland, Sean O'Neill has traveled a bit, including living in Ireland, England (twice), Italy and the USA - which is where he currently resides. He worked as a freelance journalist for about seven years in the UK, and had a regular weekly column in national Sunday newspapers. Sean has had poetry, short stories and articles published in a variety of publications. In April 2011, he began publishing his novels as Kindle ebooks on Amazon. The books range from thigh-slapping funny, to nail-biting tense, and every possible nuance in between. Sean is also a proficient artist and has taken on commissions ranging from book-cover design and illustration to wedding invitations. His paintings are sold internationally and are in several collections in the UK and the USA. When he is not publishing books, Sean works as a translator and has translated several books from Italian and French into English.

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