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Product Details

  • Series: A Johnny Denovo Mystery
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598588648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598588644
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,051,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wow! `Spam & Eggs' is a fast-paced, intelligent thriller fueled by the author's razor-sharp observational skills, understanding of metaphor and psychology, and inspired intuition. It challenges you with an impossible puzzle, then resolves with delightful surprises and a satisfying soufflé of a finish. I can't wait to meet Johnny Denovo on his next adventure. --Sharon Livingston, PhD, President, The Livingston Group

Cryptic e-mail messages set in motion Johnny Denovo's newest case, "Spam & Eggs."

Andrew Kent has created a cast of colorful characters including: John A. Novarro, the genius behind the newly created Denovo persona, mystique, and his detective motif; Tucker the Techno-geek; Wei Chou, the Chinese Cook; FBI Agent Ross, with his standard issue countenance; Mona Landau, the sultry serpent queen, his agent; and defense contractor Jim Winthrop.

Kent develops background material to introduce his intriguing and sinister plot. He is as comfortable and credibly knowledgeable when describing background on a horse ranch in Virginia, as when detailing technical and communications infra-structure, or affirming the amenities of Montpellier, France.

Andrew Kent has a brilliant command of language and is a clever word-weaver. He incorporates sophisticated vocabulary, clever word play, tongue-in-cheek realism, and soliloquies with brisk dialog to create a masterpiece of deductive challenge, engrossing reading, and engaging entertainment in "Spam & Eggs: A Johnny Denovo Mystery." --ReaderViews.com, March 2, 2009

Andrew Kent has a brilliant command of language and is a clever word-weaver. He incorporates sophisticated vocabulary, clever word play, tongue-in-cheek realism, and soliloquies with brisk dialog to create a masterpiece of deductive challenge, engrossing reading, and engaging entertainment in "Spam & Eggs: A Johnny Denovo Mystery." --Reader Views, March 5, 2009


More About the Author

Andrew Kent is an author living in central Massachusetts with his wife, children, and dogs. He writes the critically acclaimed Johnny Denovo mystery series, fast-paced novels about a detective who uses metaphors to solve crimes. The first, "Spam & Eggs: A Johnny Denovo Mystery," was published in February 2009. The second, "The Green Monster: A Johnny Denovo Mystery," was published in September 2009. The third in the series, "Entanglement: A Johnny Denovo Mystery," was published in late 2010.

Customer Reviews

A delightful and fun read.
Lisa Baker
I'm trying hard but don't think I'm going to make it to the last chapter.
bicar
Denovo doesn't have a client but he can't help but be intrigued.
Amy Edelman

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Phillips on March 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
When one starts to read a book by an author and from a publisher that he has never heard of there are certain expectations and none of them are good. In cases like this there are almost always typos galore, holes in the story, a meandering plot, loose ends and often an ending that really leaves a lot to be desired. I am very happy to report that this book didn't meet any of those expectations. This is a book that in fact puts the writing of a lot of very seasoned and famous mystery writers to shame.

The main character in the book is private detective Johnny Denovo, a very enjoyable and fully believable character whose knack for his profession has brought him wealth and great fame. Denovo brings to the table qualities belonging to some of the greatest fictional detectives of all time and reminds me of what you would get if you were to cross Sherlock Holmes with Mike Hammer and Lieutenant Colombo. Like Holmes he has a brilliant mind and great deductive powers along with the ability to read people's personalities and therefore deduce what their reaction might be to certain scenarios. The Hammer reference comes from the touch of the noir genre that Denovo exhibits on occasion, especially with his womanizing. Colombo figures into the mix because early on in the story the reader along with the detective figures out who the guilty party is and the rest of the book revolves around Denovo's efforts to prove what he already knows. This detective however doesn't wear a ratty raincoat like Colombo but instead dresses to impress and to keep up his image.

Surrounding Denovo is a cast of very intriguing and well-developed characters, especially his business manager and sidekick Mona.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M Tauber on March 2, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved this fast-paced mystery; I could not put it down. Johnny Denovo is a quick-witted detective who confounds his adversaries at every turn. Johnny and his agent, Mona, an auburn-haired she-devil with the brains and killer instinct of a panther, must untangle a web of deceit that has penetrated the security of the U.S. Government. The caper in which they find themselves entangled takes them from Boston to the Virginia suburbs to the South of France.

The appeal of Johnny & Mona is undeniable and the sparks that fly between them only add to the mystery and adventure laid out before them.

Spam & Eggs is a good old fashioned mystery set in today's high-tech, high stakes world of the Internet which I'm sure every reader will enjoy and find hard to put down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
A fresh and entertaining take on the detective novel, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read. It introduces the very model of the hero for a new age. Cerebral and daring in equal measure, Johnny Denovo, solves the mystery (and gets the girl) with plenty of old-fashioned action, but mostly by following leads others would have missed, and by understanding language and our networked world in a way that others cannot.

If you are looking for an intelligent, yet humorous and fast-paced, read, Johnny Denovo's Span & Eggs is the perfect fit. You will be left awaiting his next adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Harington on April 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
It is always with fear of disappointment that I launch myself into a new mystery writer's world.

You may have no such fear here. Andrew Kent has created a likeable, approachable hero fit for all the family. To me Johnny Denovo is interesting because he is clearly not a muscle-bound superhero. He is without doubt self-assured, smart, sexy, yet vulnerable in a geeky way, which leads me to want to see his personality evolve over books to come.

The plot is imaginative and well threaded. We are all hounded by email spam. Johnny Denovo sees patterns and plot emerge in front of him on the computer screen - a premise both believable and engaging. The story once launched rattles along, with cheeky characterizations, and page turning action scenes. You will encounter a sizzling gallery of characters, my favorite being Tucker whose high tech world is believably intricate. The writing is first rate; spare, yet roomy enough for humor. Action scenes are the highlight. Kent's ability to stitch a reader to the page is enviable and leaves you wanting more.

When is the sequel coming out?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Davidson on March 4, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved the book. The characters were well developed, the writing kept you on your toes and I could not wait to get to the end! Cannot wait for the next Johnny Denovo mystery adventure!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William C. Mead on October 16, 2010
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I found Spam & Eggs: A Johnny Denovo Mystery (The Johnny Denovo Mysteries) a lightweight and entertaining read. The leading good guys are likable. The master detective is a psychological diviner who interprets the crime's "metaphors" to detect, harass, then foil the perpetrators. Suspense level was good. The author does play fast and loose with technical and psychological details, so don't take them too seriously. The story is told with a little tongue-in-cheek humor. If you can adequately suspend reality checks, you will probably enjoy the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Baker VINE VOICE on August 6, 2010
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A delightful and fun read. I couldnt put it down and I am looking forward to the next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darcia Helle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
A mystery for intellectuals! Johnny Denovo, the main character in this novel, is a neuroscientist turned super-detective. He uses brain science to track down the bad guys. Denovo carefully cultivates his image and has rock star status in the world.

I enjoyed the plot and the dialogue was great. Kent uses a lot of pretty words but I found his style was a lot more "telling" than "showing" and consequently I couldn't get lost in the story as easily as I would have liked.
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