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The Man in the Blizzard: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Bart Schneider
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Book Description

If Marlowe lived in Minnesota . . .
If Spade spouted poetry . . .
If the Big Lebowski were a small-time private eye . . .
Meet Augie Boyer, private detective

“Once upon a time, Sam Spade, Miles Roby, and Bill Maher all went to Bart ­Schneider’s laboratory. There was an accident—a spill, a flash of lightning—and only one character came out. Schneider named him Augie Boyer. You’ll love the big lug.”
—Sean Doolittle, author of The Cleanup

Private eye Augie Boyer is out of sorts. He’s been smoking too much Pontchartrain Pootie, his favorite varietal herb, and scarfing down an excess of fried food. He can’t stop thinking of his ­therapist wife, who left him for another therapist, and despite his new girlfriend’s best efforts, Augie’s testosterone levels have sunk lower than the winter temperatures of Minneapolis.

On the eve of the Republican National Convention, a beautiful, blond violinist with multiple personalities walks into Augie’s office. She draws him into a complex case that involves neo-Nazi violin collectors, mind-control specialists, and thousands of antiabortion activists who’ve come to the Twin Cities for a rally that will bring new meaning to Labor Day. But when Augie uncovers an assassination plot, he must scramble to prevent a deranged act of political violence that strikes dangerously close to home.

With wit, compassion, and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, Bart Schneider creates a lovable yet flawed character and delivers a thrilling contemporary tale.


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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

At the start of this offbeat crime thriller from Schneider (Secret Love), concert violinist Elizabeth Odegard hires eccentric Twin Cities PI Augie Boyer, who enjoys poetry and smoking pot, to investigate her husband, Perry, a dealer in rare musical instruments. Elizabeth has become suspicious of Perry's unusual business practices, especially after discovering a gun inside a violin case. When Boyer visits the Odegards' apartment, he finds a cache of German Lugers and a slim book cataloguing valuable violins seized by the Nazis. The trail leads Boyer to a possible link with a major antiabortion rally at the 2008 Republican National Convention, where a fictional Minnesota governor is angling to become John McCain's running mate. While some readers will enjoy the name-dropping (from Garrison Keillor and Al Franken to Geraldo and Anderson Cooper), others may feel the predictable story line undercuts the suspense. (Aug.)
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"Once upon a time, Sam Spade, Miles Roby, and Bill Maher all went to Bart Schneider's laboratory. There was an accident--a spill, a flash of lightning--and only one character came out. Schneider named him Augie Boyer. You'll love the big lug."
—Sean Doolittle, author of The Cleanup


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 293 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 030723813X
  • Publisher: Crown (August 5, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001CXXANS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,500,965 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Things Considered - A Great Book September 29, 2008
By Scotto
Format:Paperback
All things considered, I found this to be a great book. It was entertaining, evocative and brought to life a quirky character much like Block's Rhodenbarr or Monk. If you like slightly flawed anti-hero "defective detectives", this book will delight you.

If you prefer shallow unrealistic caricatures such as the lead schmuck on "24" and can't get past political views unlike your own, then you might want to take a pass.

As resident of the area in described in the book, I found the author's descriptions very accurate (except for a possible typo confusing Hwy 10 with Hwy 100) and found his assessments dead-on.

It's always a treat to find a good new author to read and Mr. Schneider is definitely one of those rare finds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Good Read April 17, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was this book's hook -- a pot smoking private detective -- that caught my attention. I'd assumed, though, that The Man in the Blizzard was going to be something of a novelty and that, beyond a lead character with an endearing peccadillo, there wasn't going to be much there. Boy, was I wrong.

Actually, Bart Schneider has considerable writing chops. His work is both thoughtful and readable. In Augie Boyer, he has created an engaging protagonist who straddles the indistinct border between hero and anti-hero, much as Parker's Spenser does. (Perhaps it's a reflection of my own sensibilities but Augie's musings on weed are lots more entertaining that Spenser's alcoholic dysfunction.)

There were times when the book's plot struck me as a bit contrived but I seldom come across anything in this genre where that's not the case so it's hard to hold Schneider's feet to the fire in that regard. And the poetry motif, to tell you the truth, was somewhat overdone. Overall, though, my complaints are minor. I'd be delighted if The Man in the Blizzard turned out to be the first in a series of Augie Boyer novels.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Content and theme is not for everyone August 7, 2008
Format:Paperback
The Man In the Blizzard is an indictment of the G.W. Bush Administration, disguised as a crime novel. However, its overall effect is that of theater of the absurd and creates a good foundation for a graphic novel or Monty Python film.

The author portrays Intelligent Design supporters as Nazi child-molesting brainwashers, thieves, and assassins intending to eliminate all Jews. By "believers," the author means "Republicans."

The protagonist, PI Augie Boyer, has allowed himself to become a pathetic middle-ager dependent upon marijuana and testosterone gel, experiencing erections at all inconvenient times. His daughter is a rock star anti-antiabortionist and his wife is pregnant by another man. Meanwhile, his police detective mentor forces all those around him to memorize progressive poetry.

At the Republican National Convention, pro-lifers gather pregnant women outside to deliver infants on Labor Day to support the "Born Free" coalition. The first infant, an illegal alien's child, doesn't count and this is commentary on the supposed Republican enabling of Mexicans sneaking across the U.S. border to work and vote Republican with fake IDs. Meanwhile, rocker Rose Boyer leads a pro-choice rally and is nearly assassinated.

Augie ends the story as many older folks do, with a hip replacement. The only difference is that he was shot rather than injured in a bathtub fall and was made Hero For a Day.

The novel's language is often offensive in obscenity and accusations, but is likely to draw male readers aged 18 to 35. Older gents and some women will chuckle as well. The extreme far-left political force will embrace the book as a symbol of justice and carry it everywhere.
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