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Plugged: A Novel (Daniel McEvoy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Eoin Colfer
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the tradition of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, Plugged tells the story of Daniel McEvoy, an Irish bouncer at a seedy New Jersey club. Daniel has a problem. Well, he has several, but the worst is that the girl he loves was just murdered. Then more people around him start dying--and not of natural causes. Suddenly Daniel's got the mob, cops, and an unstable lovesick neighbor after him, and the only clue points towards the crooked doctor who gave him hair implants before vanishing into thin air. Luckily--or perhaps unluckily--he has the help of a volatile detective, a permanently hungover army psychologist, and a mischievous ghost.

In Plugged, Colfer, beloved by millions for his Artemis Fowl series, has written a hilarious tour de force thriller of head-spinning plot twists, compulsive in the tradition of Carl Hiaasen's best work--a "pitch-perfect comic noir" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Complete with the best banter this side of Elmore Leonard's Detroit, Plugged will leave you shocked, awed, and wanting more.

Editorial Reviews


'I loved the voice. I loved the dark streets. I love the story' Harlan Coben 'Artemis Fowl creator Eoin Colfer heads off into zanily comic adult noir territory with Plugged ... McEvoy finds himself sucked into a maelstrom of outlandish criminal shenanigans, a knockabout farce with Elmore Leonard-style wisecracking at every turn' Metro 'Violent, surreal and eccentric, this offering couldn't be further from his Artemis Fowl series' Sun '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 'A non-stop, fever-pitched crime thriller ... Genius at work' Ridley Pearson 'DON'T PICK UP THIS BOOK if you want to get anything else done for the next day or two. It's too sharp, too funny, and it won't let you go' Don Winslow '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 'Colfer ... has transplanted his style seamlessly into the adult genre' The Times 'A laugh-out-loud adventure that is as close as the genre gets to a hug' The Sunday Times (Ireland) 'Scabrously funny, furiously paced and distinctively idiosyncratic, PLUGGED ... suggests Colfer's first adult crime novel will not be his last' Irish Times 'His rapid-fire surreal wit is packed with off kilter ideas ... it's a highly entertaining ride' Financial Times


'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: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DIAVE4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 27 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
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
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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Colfer fans!
I really loved this book. It was suspenseful and had interesting with unique characters. I have read Artemis Fowl and other books by Eoin Colfer growing up and was pleasantly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martin Ellingsen
5.0 out of 5 stars great laughs
I can't remember laughing out loud while reading a book but this one kept me entertained all the way through
Published 2 months ago by Lucy (Jeri) Kanellos
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
In my teenage years I loved the Artemis Fowl series, and I continued to keep up with each release until the series' climax in 2012. Read more
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Published 4 months ago by JHGwynn
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read
Read this for book club and enjoyed it. Easy read, funny, and has a nice pace. I liked the main character a lot.
Published 4 months ago by E. Wyatt
3.0 out of 5 stars Some humour, some suspense. The characters didn't make ...
Some humour, some suspense. The characters didn't make me care about them one way or another. Not sure if I will read the follow-up "Screwed".
Published 5 months ago by Deborah A Pevlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read.
Published 6 months ago by Bill Donovan
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 9 months 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 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
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
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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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