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  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Original edition (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416562915
  • ASIN: B005K67CEG
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,017,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bernard Cockburn, a beat reporter in his early 30s for the Omaha Weekly News-Telegraph, pounds the fearsome streets of Omaha, Neb., in Segura's crisp, raunchily amusing debut...With an emphasis on the protagonist's angst, Cockburn is the sort of dysfunctional dude-immature, posturing, hapless-that will keep readers intrigued and should appeal especially to fans of Chuck Palahniuk and Arthur Nersesian." --Publishers Weekly


"Twenty-something Bernard Cockburn is a dead-end guy in a dead-end job: a drug-fuddled, rather lazy burnout who works as a crime reporter for a weekly newspaper. Yet in the way of noir heroes, he has a doggedness that could be either a sneaky integrity or just another kind of self-destructiveness. [Segura] handles the hard-boiled conventions with unusual resourcefulness....Best of all, this hero stays stubbornly anti; there's no magical late-book reformation....smart, fast-paced, cleverly plotted and with a gritty and persuasive city setting -- an auspicious debut." --Kirkus Reviews


"[A] savagely funny first novel...The beauty of [Occupational Hazards] is Segura's ability to walk a line between the comedy and the horror of Burn's story. He's a true louse and a world-class cynic, but he's a better man than the corrupt officials and vice lords he's out to nail. Plus he's one hell of a funny narrator. For long stretches, the plot fades into the background and we simply enjoy (if we are so inclined) Burn's portrayal of his deplorable life and the toxic world he inhabits." --Washington Post

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Jonathan Segura is the deputy reviews editor for Publishers Weekly and holds a master's degree in fiction writing from Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Reporter Bernard Cockburn works the crime beat for the Omaha Weekly News-Telegraph; though in his late twenties, Bernard is already burned out with only alcohol and some questionable drugs enabling him to walk the mean streets of Omaha. His lover pregnant Allison demands he grow up by giving up the booze and drugs for the sake of their unborn, but so far that haze is the only thing that keeps him obstinately working; he detests her nagging and prefers she rid them of the fetus especially in light of all the sh*t they have used.

His current interest beyond the latest foolishness of Police Detective Dick, an apropos name if their ever was one, is a strange downtown land deal that smells of city kickbacks. His efforts to learn why LLC is buying decaying property meet roadblocks and official bureaucratic stalling; he struggles to even identify the group members. However everything turns dark when LLC board members die after he interrogates them; soon Bernard links their homicides to a vigilante neighborhood watch cleansing the streets brutally and lethally of drug and sex traffickers.

Bernard is not likeable; in fact he is reprehensible with his irresponsible and uncaring nature. However, in spite of his only desire being the next hazy high, readers will appreciate this antihero whose asides are poignant from a negative outlook. His dissertation on motive is on target as befitting a depraved cynic who feels there is nothing a person will not do. The inquiry is fun to follow as Bernard stays in character with his dirty purple haze outlooks throughout while walking the streets of Omaha and while fighting with Alison over the rug rat growing inside her. Not for everyone, purebred urban noir fans will welcome this unwelcome protagonist.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr Mitchell Earleywine VINE VOICE on May 2, 2011
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Obvious master of the style. Clear fan of the genre. Winks at the tropes of books like these, but respectfully. Laugh aloud funny at times. Genuinely moving at other times. Truly delightful use of language while propelling the plot. Think Jim Thompson on Adderall. If you want the comfortable formula and the one-flaw protagonist, look elsewhere. This ain't Alex Delaware. The people are real. Yeah, warts. Omaha depicted with flair. Yeah, I've been there. Plenty of mystery to unravel without stretching beyond the credible. Might dawn that there's more to books than imbroglio. A true delight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Loves Books on August 27, 2008
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Killer of time that is. Occupational Hazard will steal your time away if you don't pay attention to the clock; but that's okay, it's time well spent.
Author Segura paints characters that are vivid and likeable yet human (a reminder we aren't perfect). Segura writes with ease (or so it seems).
Worth the money and then some.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wegm on August 24, 2008
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Unremittingly dark, but leavened with humor. Every time you think the (anti-)hero is about to show a little warmth and fuzziness he veers back into his world of booze and pill fueled misanthropy.

Though the plot at times is a bit convoluted, the sharpness of the writing and deftly handled dialogue carry the reader's attention through. Segura's a talented new voice. I look forward to reading his next novel.
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