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Punchline [Kindle Edition]

P.A. Fenton
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

They say everyone has a novel in them. Luca had five, until they were stolen from him.

Luca Pope would normally be pleased to see his novels on bookstore shelves, especially if it were his name on the covers. Five novels bearing five different author names, and he has no idea how it happened.

Unemployed and with nothing better to do than to entertain thoughts of violent retribution, Luca sets out to track down and corner the plagiarists, to extract answers and confessions - if they'd just stay alive long enough to oblige. Urged on by a sense of righteous outrage and an inner voice named Hodges, Luca departs his career of salaried apathy to pursue the life which has been brazenly stolen from him: successful novelist … or failing that, serial killer.

Punchline is a black comedy about plagiarism, paranoia, and one man’s poorly-judged attempts to out the bastards who stole his books.

Two wrongs don’t make a right … but five should do it.

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  • File Size: 914 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JJTUC6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and exciting October 26, 2011
By Ignite
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a fast moving adventure story with a high body count. The premise is that an author has all his previously rejected manuscripts stolen and published under other people's names. Naturally he is apoplectically angry. He tries to track his works and those who stole them and find out how they managed to get hold of the books. There are lots of interesting characters in this story and the ending is a real surprise. I love the author's sense of humour. Paul Fenton is a talented and funny writer.
The book is a real page turner and I enjoyed it immensely.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weirdness in an entertaining kind of way October 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I've left it a few days after finishing the book before doing my review, but I am still having troubles getting my head round it.

Story was really odd. I don't think I ever really read the blurb, or if I did it was just the first line of it. I just didn't expect the way the plot turned. And funnily enough, instead of picking up my kindle and thinking along the lines of "oooh I wonder if there will be an end to the suspense and we will find the culprit" it was more like "I wonder what weird thing is going to happen to Luca today". I just thought it brought a different experience to the usual books. I thought it was great !

I absolutely loved the way the story was told as well. You're so inside Luca's head, and the story really is told like it is from his point of view. Found it really interesting knowing what goes on in a bloke's head, even though it was in obviously unusual situations!

A totally recommended read if you want to try something different. Bit of suspense, bit of humour and lots of weirdness make a wonderful mix !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A noir crime thriller.. November 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I thought it was a kind of noir crime thriller, a pessimistic downbeat air to it mixed with satirical humour. Quirky and fresh, definitely a book that readers who are looking for that edgy different type of story will like. The storyline is a struggling writers nightmare, someone has plagiarised his work and become an instant success. Luca starts hunting the thief down and on the way discovers things about himself he would rather not know. Some of the dialogue is brutally honest and that includes the colourful language the main character uses to voice his dissatisfaction.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary voice, great writing June 29, 2013
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The first few pages of this novel were interesting and well-written, easily carrying me along, but then I found myself pausing in awe. What genre was this? Where was the plot going? Why did it feel so awesome to read on?

The language, the dialogue, the freaky psychology, and the bizarre realism ... incredible. Most of the characters developed 'just right.'

I've observed (and complained) that film critics often rave excessively about movies that are about theater (stage, film), and I'm sure that my writing background made me an ideal reader for this novel about a writer.

What fascinated me was the way I felt myself drawn in one direction, then another, always enjoying the ride and forgiving the author whenever the shifts forced me to abandon and rebuild my expectations.

In the last part of the book, the plot steadied and became less satisfying, though the language and dialogue and asides continued to entertain me.

I want to read more by this author, even though I know that I'm certainly going to be disappointed because this book is pretty much unbeatable.

Comparing this author to Elmore Leonard is reasonable, yet unfair -- this is even more original (even when being intentionally derivative).

Like an Elmore Leonard novel, this book could be adapted into a great movie (or easily into a bad movie) but no film could capture the real flavor of the book.

Just read the book. It is great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will read more by this author September 13, 2014
By Stella
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I downloaded this via Kindle Deals & Steals, it was free. Usually, some of those free self published books on kindle are really not well written or edited. But the blurb for this one looked interesting so i downloaded it. I was in the middle of another book, but once i read the first page I just couldn't stop, the old book set aside, i had to finish this one.
The main character development, the way we see him change, in first person! - superb. Well written. Good plot. A bit unbelievable, bit hey, it is a work of fiction. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wish it was longer!! May 25, 2014
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I really enjoyed the story and wished it was longer. I felt involved in the story and was captured from the first paragraph
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really well-written, intriguing January 16, 2014
By tttiger
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I couldn't keep this one to myself, but found myself reading passages out of it to my husband while he drove the car. It's entertaining, witty, and preposterous all at the same time. I plan to read it again, just for the fun of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a punchline! April 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a weird, funny, page-turner of a story, reminiscent of such noir classics as "The Killer Inside Me" (Jim Thompson) or "Miami Blues" (Charles Willeford). How could you not sympathize with our writer hero when he loses his lousy job and then finds out someone has been stealing his manuscripts and making a fortune publishing them? But then things start to get a little more complicated. Our hero is maybe not what he seems at first.

I loved this book. Fenton is a very talented writer, and I hope he goes far.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars quirky
Loved the characters! If you like reading about unusual people who do outrageous things but you still like them - read this book. I was sorry to see it end.
Published 3 months ago by Dorothy Mcginley
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I'd give Punchline 4 stars based on its entertainment value. The book clipped along at a good pace, had several interesting characters and some good twists and turns. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TMD Writer
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprising twists
It starts out slow but it does get better. It was hard for me to feel much sympathy for the protagonist. About the time I was ready to abandon the book, the first twist arrived. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it until the reveal at the end
I havent been this disappointed in a book's conclusion in awhile. Until around 80 percent I'd thought I'd give it 4 stars. What a bummer.
Published 6 months ago by Stosik
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, okay I guess
I initially reviewed this on the basis of my Kindle download. The formatting was so badly messed up that I literally couldn't read the book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Bionic Stan
2.0 out of 5 stars laborious
Once I start a novel I always finish it hoping it will get better, this novel did not I was sorry I downloaded it, maybe I am not in the the age group to appreciate his style of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Frances
5.0 out of 5 stars Punchline
With a tag line of "They say everyone has a novel in them. Luca had five, until they were stolen from him." I was intrigued. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Joo
5.0 out of 5 stars A quirky tale
Nicely offbeat humour that promotes a little navel gazing on friendships and work. Some fresh alliterations made me chuckle regularly,
Published 23 months ago by The Devil says goodnight
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Paul Fenton is the author of the dark comedy novels Punchline, Cellar Door, Natural Deselection, and the novella The Spanner ... So far. He currently lives in Brisbane with his wife, two children, and a deep fear of melting in the incessant heat.

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