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Plugged: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Eoin Colfer
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The long-awaited crime caper so outlandish, so maniacal, so wickedly funny, it could have only come from the mind that brought you Artemis Fowl.

Daniel McEvoy has a problem. Well, really, he has several, but for this Irish ex-pat bouncer at a seedy, small-time casino the fact that his girlfriend was just murdered in the parking lot is uppermost in his mind.

That is until lots of people around him start dying, and not of natural causes. Suddenly Daniel's got half the New Jersey mob, dirty cops and his man-crazy upstairs neighbor after him and he still doesn't know what's going on. Bullets are flying, everybody's on the take and it all may be more than Daniel's new hair plugs can handle.

And Daniel's got to find the guy who put in those hair plugs--or at least his body--and fast, or else he'll never get that voice out of his head. Head-spinning plot twists, breakneck pacing and some of the best banter this side of Elmore Leonard's Detroit, will keep you on the edge of your seat and itching for more.


Editorial Reviews

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'I loved the voice. I loved the dark streets. I love the story' -- Harlan Coben 'Eoin Colfer ... is hugely inventive and intelligent and an instinctive storyteller, who happens to write beautifully and elegantly as well' -- Michael Morpurgo 'Colfer is an engaging and inventive writer with a strong sense of the rhythm of a story ... always entertaining page by page' -- Guardian 'This is Sopranos territory - where terrible deeds are mixed with the painful banalities of life in a way that brings laughter among the tears and gnaws at your heart. It's a fine debut' -- Daily Mail 'This might lead you to think you're in Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen or even Damon Runyon country, but you're not. Although there are echoes of all three writers in Plugged, Colfer's novel is dominated, driven and fully animated by a refreshingly original voice' -- Washington Post

Review

'I loved the voice. I loved the dark streets. I love the story' -- Harlan Coben 'Eoin Colfer ... is hugely inventive and intelligent and an instinctive storyteller, who happens to write beautifully and elegantly as well' -- Michael Morpurgo 'Colfer is an engaging and inventive writer with a strong sense of the rhythm of a story ... always entertaining page by page' -- Guardian 'This is Sopranos territory - where terrible deeds are mixed with the painful banalities of life in a way that brings laughter among the tears and gnaws at your heart. It's a fine debut' -- Daily Mail 'This might lead you to think you're in Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen or even Damon Runyon country, but you're not. Although there are echoes of all three writers in Plugged, Colfer's novel is dominated, driven and fully animated by a refreshingly original voice' -- Washington Post

Product Details

  • File Size: 355 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0755379985
  • Publisher: Overlook (September 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DIAVE4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,115 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hair-raising noir April 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Plugged represents something of a departure for the acclaimed author of Artemis Fowl and other young adult novels, his latest novel heading for the more adult territory of crime fiction. But while the tone and content is definitely adult - it features a semi-delusional bouncer at a pretty sleazy "hostess" (ie. stripper) club who manages to get himself uncomfortably immersed in the crime and drug dealing world of suburban New Jersey - the reader will be happy to find out that there is still plenty of humour to be had with the subject along the way.

That's not to say that Colfer doesn't take Plugged seriously, or that he approaches the crime genre in any way half-hearted or tongue-in-cheek. Well, maybe just a little, since the hardboiled title could also refer to the hair-transplant treatment that Daniel McEvoy, the Irish-born bouncer at Slotz nightclub and former soldier in the Peace Keeping forces in Lebanon, has been receiving from an old friend and doctor of dubious qualifications, Zeb. Zeb however has gone missing, seemingly mixed up with the worst of Cloisters' organised crime gangs, but before Dan can look for him, another incident at the nightclub involving one of the hostesses presents him with potentially a lot more trouble.

Colfer's venture into the crime genre doesn't sound like it offers anything new, not even the fact that Dan is a little bit deranged, suffering flashbacks to his time in Lebanon and hearing voices in his head - an imaginary Zeb constantly berating him for getting distracted from the case - but Colfer's angle is managing to make these problems witty and amusing.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misses the mark October 9, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. My kids read the Artemis Fowl books when they were young and the author always struck me as creative and clever so I had high hopes for a wildly entertaining ride.

I found Plugged reasonably entertaining but on the whole, I think it misses the mark. The plot is highly contrived, as our protagonist is quickly faced with a series of mysterious events, murders and other crimes that may or may not be related. The mysteries are resolved one by one in a manner that isn't especially satisfying. The entire plot, which is pretty ridiculous, is unrealistic in a way that doesn't quite work. The lack of realism doesn't work for gritty noir fiction and the humor doesn't push the boundaries far enough to be truly inspired, over-the-top, sardonic genre satire. The end result is a novel that is too silly to be suspenseful but doesn't have the insight and originality to be great satire. It's amusing at times and has plenty of action but has no urgency and the novel generates little suspense.

All in all, a bit of disappointment. 3 stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More twists than a box of rotini pasta September 27, 2011
Format:Hardcover
If Carl Hiassen married Raymond Chandler and engaged Dave Barry to be a surrogate mother, Plugged would be the progeny. Oh, grow up! This is a zany crime caper where such things are possible. With an unlikely title---redolent of Chandler's characters being "plugged" with lead bullets---the bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series makes his hilarious crime fiction debut, á la Elmore Leonard.

Eoin ("It's pronounced Owen!") Colfer is the New York Times bestselling author of 25 titles published in 44 languages---more than 20 million books sold. With Plugged, that number will increase exponentially.

Protagonist Daniel McEvoy is an Irish ex-pat and now a bouncer at seedy Slotz, a New Jersey casino. McEvoy's friend, Zeb Kronski, has medical aspirations but no degree. That doesn't stop him from injecting fake Botox or performing liposuction. It's where Zeb injects the unwanted fat that magnifies the sassy, irreverent tone of this novel. Always a step ahead of the law, Zeb now transplants hair plugs for McEvoy and others. Perhaps that's the titular plug?

Connie DeLyne is a hostess "in a dump like Slotz," and McEvoy comes to her aid too late, finding her dead with a dime-sized hole in her head. Detective Ronnie Deacon, "wearing anger on her face like latex," investigates the homicide. Since McEvoy has "an aura that looked like shark-infested water [and could] piss people off just by walking by," Deacon quickly focuses on him as the prime suspect.

Now, Zeb has gone missing, and McEvoy questions if indeed he killed them both, fixating on conversations he had with a military shrink, Simon Moriarty. Metaphors are mixed with a blender as McEvoy observes that "curiosity has always been the cat that skinned me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved, loved, loved this book! November 8, 2012
Format:Hardcover
If you're an Artemis Fowl fan, that's great, but this is not an Artemis Fowl book. It's not a kid's book. It seems like the bad reviews stem from people expecting this book to be Artemis Fowl grows up. Instead, it's a HI-larious romp of a story with great characters, great energy, and a whole lot of fun.
I never tried to guess what could possibly come next, because what Eoin Colfer came up with outdid any piddly escapades I could have ever imagined. One reviewer called it predictable. Predictable? Really? Who could have predicted Bongo?!!
A lot of reviews for stories like this frequently use Elmore Leonard as a comparison. This isn't like Elmore Leonard, it's like Eoin Colfer, and I think he can stand alone in the praise of this story. I am a voracious reader, and absolutely lucked up when I came across this book totally unexpectedly.
I found it to be the best, most originally refreshing book I've read in a long, long time. I feel like I've found a new best friend, and can't wait to see what Colfer comes up with next. I'm telling everybody I know about this book, and now I'm recommending it to a gazillion people I don't know, too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
It was a pretty good novel. It started slow but ended up being worth my time. A nice jaunt into an ex soldier's head.
Published 21 days ago by Robert
2.0 out of 5 stars Scruffy little book
Not the best mystery I read. Kind of strange. No way near the humour of Carl Hiassen, who he was compared to. Big guy hero, but no Jack Reacher.
Published 28 days ago by CRB
4.0 out of 5 stars Plugged
Entertaining fast paced read staring Daniel McEvoy, an ex-Irish Army sergeant, who mistakenly thought his days of combated and reconnaissance were behind him. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Soft for Noir
This book tries to be noir, but fails. The witty asides aren't very witty, and the plot gets more sentimental as it chugs along. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Milos Obilic
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably good
I picked this up from the library because my kids and I had enjoyed the Artemis Fowl series. (I've got my own copy now, and bought two for friends who have the same sense of humor... Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Munoz
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun, irreverent who done it
Fast paced & fun with a likable protagonist. I had a blast reading this one. Laughed out loud several times.
Published 6 months ago by ND runner
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift is waiting to be received
This is a gift for Christmas and I can't wait to give it away. The quality is spot on and the seller is truly reliable. Thanks for all the love.
Published 8 months ago by Tammy Boone
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a children's author...
Hilarious.
Part mystery, part comedy, I finished this books in two days...and I just read at night. Immediately started the sequel.
Published 9 months ago by Jill M. Fenn
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed in execution, but extremely fun
I've been a fan of Eoin Colfer's books for years. Artemis Fowl was the bomb, and I've read most of his other books too along the way. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Binkerd
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great, very different from half moon but sort of like an adult version well worth the money another good book by eoin colfer
Published 11 months ago by Ben
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More About the Author

Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) is the New York Times best-selling author
of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series as well as Airman; Half Moon
Investigations; The Supernaturalist; Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books;
The Wish List; Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He was born in
Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four
brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher,
historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first
developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with
gripping Viking stories inspired by history that he was learning in
school at the time.

Eoin got his degree from Dublin University and qualified as a primary
school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he
and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi
Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published
in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been
translated into many languages; a sequel followed in 1999. In 2001, the
first Artemis Fowl book was published worldwide to much success -
shortly thereafter he left teaching to concentrate fully on his writing.
To this day, Eoin has written 6 Artemis Fowl books which have sold over
12 million copies worldwide.

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