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Plaster City (A Jimmy Veeder Fiasco) [Kindle Edition]

Johnny Shaw
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (871 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jimmy Veeder and Bobby Maves are back at it, two years after the events of Dove Season—they’re not exactly the luckiest guys in the Imperial Valley, but, hey, they win more fights than they lose.

Settled on his own farmland and living like a true family man after years of irresponsible fun, Jimmy’s got a straight life cut out for him. But he’s knocking years off that life thanks to fun-yet-dangerous Bobby’s booze-addled antics—especially now that Bobby is single, volatile, profane as ever, and bored as hell.

When Bobby’s teenage daughter goes missing, he and Jimmy take off on a misadventure that starts out as merely unfortunate and escalates to downright calamitous. Bobby won’t hesitate to kick a hornets’ nest to get the girl to safety, but when the rescue mission goes riotously sideways, the duo’s grit—and loyalty to each other—is put to the test.



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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review: Violent, hilarious, and touching, Shaw’s sequel to Dove Season (2011) chronicles the efforts of semi-reformed brawler Jimmy Veeder to help Bobby Maves find his missing 16-year-old daughter, Julie. The setting, in the nothing-to-lose hardscrabble Southern California desert, encourages irresponsible antics, and the two buddies proceed by headlong, drunken chaos rather than careful planning. Meanwhile, the intimidating presence of a Mexican crime lord, once Jimmy’s friend, reminds readers that things could turn very serious, very fast. Moreover, the action lurches in surprising directions—when Bobby arrives to rescue Julie, she isn’t exactly glad to see him. Jimmy himself is torn by his urge to stay home and be a better father to his son, so concern with the theory and practice of “family” underlies the main plot’s bloody slapstick bromance. Joe R. Lansdale perfected this brand of compassionate mayhem in his Hap & Leonard stories, but Anthony Award–winner Shaw does it extremely well, too.

From Library Journal

Life in the California desert is excruciatingly dull for Jimmy Veeder. His only excitement is the occasional drunken escapade choreographed by his best friend, Bobby Maves. All of their reckless and irresponsible fun comes to a screeching halt when Bobby gets word that his estranged teenage daughter, Julie, has gone missing. Confidently setting out to find her, Jimmy and Bobby quickly realize that there is more to this disappearance than teenage angst and rebellion. With an arsenal of guns, beer, and cigarettes, the two formulate a dubious plan to rescue a young lady who might not want to be found. Anthony Award winner Shaw’s (Big Maria) second installment in the award-winning “Jimmy Veeder Fiasco” series (Dove Season) hits the right note. Violent and ribald without being salacious, the novel maintains a tongue-in-cheek attitude that keeps the reader wholly entertained. The setting of California’s Imperial Valley is paramount, with its long expanse of nothingness and like the book says, “…when you’re walking in the desert, you’re walking on a graveyard.” VERDICT Readers who enjoy mysteries and suspense novels with plenty of action and humor will delight in this series. —Amy Nolan, St. Joseph, MI


Product Details

  • File Size: 2729 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477817581
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (May 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F2OSFNI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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Updated April 4, 2014: It's on sale on Kindle! Wondered why all the activity on my review...I don't think you can go wrong for the price. And if you like it, pick up his "Big Maria" from the year before: It's even funnier....back to the original review:

I just love a good adventure. And if it makes me laugh, I love it even more. This book, well, you may not actually roll off the couch laughing, but if you are in the right frame of mind, you can belly-laugh yourself into tearing eyes, coughing fits and gulping for air. At least, that's what Johnny Shaw's books do for me. If you don't mind crude and crass--in an amusing, dog-lick-slobbering-in-your-face kind of way, and if you like to laugh out loud every few pages of a decent adventure story, then you really need to pick up one of Shaw's books. This one is a good place to start. And I bet money, after you finish "Plaster City", you'll be ordering his previous two books.

Shaw's sense of humor is down-to-earth at the same time it is way, way out there. It is definitely not "dark" humor. (Closer to Stefanie Plum's humor, actually, but in a manly way, if that makes any sense. Sorry, I'm groping for words and descriptions, and this is the best I can do at the moment. But if Stefanie's hunk of a cop boyfriend put this story into words, I think it would turn out something like this.) I don't know how Shaw does it: It's outlandish, it's real, it's identifiable--and it's not slap-stick. Plus he throws in some intriguing slang terms every once in a while that are interesting enough to make you stop reading and do a search for a definition.

He's defined his characters well enough so they appear very flamboyant, very human, very vulnerable and very funny.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If profanity is a turn-off for you, skip this one. February 2, 2014
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This is definitely a laugh provoker, but yes, the language gets rough. And humor aside, there is seriousness here. Jimmy Veeder's buddy, Bobby, is searching for his missing teen age daughter and Jimmy tags along. A big trouble is that the family relationship is dysfunctional and unfit parents need to be prepared to get what they deserve.

Those who absolutely need to read a book like this are parents who don't take their responsibility seriously so that they can see what kind of seeds they're sowing. Otherwise, this is a good book for readers who enjoy fast moving tongue in cheek thrillers and who aren't easily offended by language.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Veeder is back! January 10, 2014
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Readers who got hooked on Johnny Shaw's work with "Dove Season", his first Jimmy Veeder fiasco, and jumped on "Dove Mountain", his second novel (but not a Jimmy Veeder book) will be happy to hear that Johnny Shaw is returning to the SoCal desert and the world of Jimmy Veeder with his latest book, "Plaster City".

Shaw's latest finds Jimmy balancing the conflicting worlds of duty to family and loyalty to friends when his loose-cannon buddy Bobby Maves asks him to help track down his missing 16-year-old daughter, Julie. Nothing is ever simple or straight-forward in Shaw's fictional worldscape, though - Bobby is estranged from his daughter and her mother, and although he has only seen the girl (whom he fathered as a teen) a few random times over the years, he jumps into the search for her with typical reckless abandon. Jimmy goes along, doing what he can to curb the mayhem that ensues when Bobby goes on a tear. With plenty of reasons to leave Bobby to work out his own problems and return to his farm and his own family, Jimmy does what he can to make the best of a bad situation without letting either side down.

The search for Julie involves a feckless "daddy-died-and-made-me-rich" millionaire with time and too much money on his hands, a Chicano biker gang, Bobby's own estranged father, too much beer and too many cigarettes -- and most worrisome of all -- a run-in with Jimmy's childhood friend (and ruthless Mexican crime lord), Tomás (Tommy) Morales.

Typical of Shaw's work, the characters in "Plaster City" are well-drawn, the dialog is snappy, and the story well-plotted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read. April 26, 2014
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When I first started this book I didn't know if I would like it. Turns out I liked it a lot. It's mostly about guys who grew up pretty rough and stayed that way. But now they are finding they have adult responsibilities and they need to calm down. Funny thing is that they don't calm down at all in this book. Our 'hero' title character manages to get beat up repeatedly by his friends and the enemies he runs into. And the writing style makes a lot of it funny. If you've had to do some fighting in your younger years just to keep the bullies off of you then you can relate to a lot of the things that happen here. There is quite a bit of gun play but almost no one really gets shot. Lot's of people get beat up though. Good book worth the read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Johnny Shaw Fan April 4, 2014
By Greg
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Shaw's writing scratches an itch in my brain that isn't accomplished by most other writers. His humor is slick, but never "too cute by half". And just when you are getting into the flow of the indigenous dialogue, Shaw uses a word like "stolid", proving that he doesn't have to write in Rednexican Perfect, he chooses to do so.

I could add how well his characters are developed. Or how the scenes create technicolor visuals as I read. Or how well the plot is developed. But, don't you expect all that with a 5-star rating?

If you haven't read Dove Season, go buy it. It might help to read it before Plaster City, but it certainly isn't mandatory. Both novels stand on their own.

As I said in the title, I'm a fan. Buy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story but too much bad unnecessary language
Good story but too much bad unnecessary language. Story tells us how some teeneagers go down the wrong path and it's no fault of the parents. They are born with a bad streak.
Published 11 hours ago by Pace
5.0 out of 5 stars mixed emotions
I found myself reliving my past. Nothing as crazy as the story but it took me to a place that I needed to visit. My outbursts of laughter kept things in check for me. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Juan J. Saucedo
5.0 out of 5 stars but something that's great for reading while on vacation or while...
This was a real surprise! It takes place along the southern California border in the desert and is a riveting tale. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not as well written as the first book in the series. The end dragged on a little.
Published 9 days ago by jesi mcghee
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Good read with offbeat humor and irreverence. Be prepared for an obscenityfest, which sometimes seems forced rather than true to the characters. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kevin Marcus
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the story and wanted to keep reading but it ...
I liked the story and wanted to keep reading but it was just SO LONG. I got to the point where I just wanted the story to end. But it was a good book overall.
Published 16 days ago by Tara Canlett
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The book is not very good. I got it free from kindle first. It was worth every penny I paid, on second thought perhaps I paid too much. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Almost a Carl Hiassen set in the desert -- fanciful characters in fanciful situations, but entertaining & engaging.
Published 18 days ago by Arthur S.
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California’s Imperial Valley, a “stretch of desert between San |Diego and Yuma, as far south and as far east as you could go in California,” is the setting for this new novel from... Read more
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More About the Author

Johnny Shaw was born and raised on the Calexico/Mexicali border, the setting for his award-winning Jimmy Veeder Fiasco series, which includes the novels DOVE SEASON and PLASTER CITY. He is also the author of the Anthony Award-winning adventure novel, Big Maria.

His shorter work has appeared in Thuglit, Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey, Plots with Guns, and numerous anthologies. He is the creator and editor of the fiction magazine, BLOOD & TACOS, which recently added a phone app, a Podcast, and a book imprint to its empire.

Johnny received his MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA and over the course of his writing career has seen his screenplays optioned, sold, and produced. For the last dozen years, Johnny has taught writing. He has taught at Santa Barbara City College, UC Santa Barbara, LitReactor, and numerous writing conferences.

Johnny lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, artist Roxanne Patruznick.

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