- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Mysterious Press (August 7, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802128009
- ISBN-13: 978-0802128003
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Advance praise for The Bouncer:
"If you like a liberal dose of humor in your suspense fiction, then look no further than David Gordon’s clever new caper...The Bouncer has 'film adaptation' written all over it."―BookPage
"[An] impressive crime novel...Gordon’s sharply drawn supporting cast adds a nice balance to all the action. Cinematic writing makes this an obvious candidate for graphic novel or film adaptation."―Publishers Weekly, (starred review)
"A madcap thriller...Gordon is an Elmore Leonard acolyte, but his latest novel is also working in the tradition of New York City crime: the gritty, cynical, and riotous novels that defined the city in the late 60s and 70s, especially the many wild stories of Donald E. Westlake."―CrimeReads,"Summer's Most Anticipated Crime, Mystery, and Thrillers
“The Bouncer is a tour-de-force, ranging from underworld crime to a unique caper and a terrorist plot. David Gordon brings an outstanding new voice to the contemporary crime novel.”―Robert Crais, bestselling author of The Wanted and other Elvis Cole novels
“Fast, funny and tough, David Gordon's The Bouncer will toss you over his shoulder like King Kong and carry you away.”―Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition
“David Gordon’s The Bouncer is a treat―a hard-edged thriller that makes you feel good while you’re reading it. Give it to someone. They’ll thank you.”―Thomas Perry, New York Times bestselling author of The Bomb Maker
Praise for David Gordon:
“Funny, with a satirical edge, and unlike some literary authors who play with genre, Gordon knows how to write a potboiler . . . An impressive debut.”―Los Angeles Times, on The Serialist
“An irreverent and funny twist on the classic whodunit―the kind of pulp-fiction mystery that made the careers of such writers as Jim Thompson, Raymond Chandler, and Dashiell Hammett.”―GQ.com, on The Serialist
“Gordon’s sentences are crisp and often jarring. His plots unspool in strange, sometimes disturbing ways . . . enjoy the disorientation and to trust that you’re in the hands of an earnest storyteller.”―Paris Review Daily, on White Tiger on Snow Mountain
“I have rarely come across a writer in such command of the English language. His sentences, characterizations and set pieces are things of beauty.”―Washington Independent Review of Books, on Mystery Girl
“David Gordon has gathered up our cultural trash and made of it something magnificent. In the tradition of Bolano, Chandler, and lots of dime novels that most of us pretend to know nothing about, The Serialist makes high art out of serial murders, pornography, soup dumplings and pulp fiction. I adore this book!”―Rivka Galchen, on The Serialist
“David Gordon has written a passionate love story disguised as a mystery, a brainy tragicomedy, a bildungsroman wherein ‘the gumshoe learns the shocking secret of himself.’ His prose is by turns salacious, uproarious, and happily unhinged. A total delight.”―Karen Russell, on Mystery Girl
“Part mystery, part love story, wholly delightful.”―Bustle, on Mystery Girl
About the Author
David Gordon holds an MA in English and Comparative Literature and an MFA in Writing, both from Columbia University, and has worked in film, fashion, publishing and pornography. He is the author of The Serialist, which won the VCU/Cabell First Novel Award and was a finalist for an Edgar Award, and Mystery Girl, as well as a short story collection, White Tiger on Snow Mountain. His work has appeared in the Paris Review, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. He was born and lives in New York City.
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Joe, the strip-club bouncer in the title, is a Harvard-expelled secretive war veteran suffering from PTSD who enjoys Russian novels, subdues his demons with booze and drugs, and has ties with a top Mafioso. He gets caught up in a Fed sweep on terrorists and the threat of a dangerous vial of virus that can kill hundreds of thousands of people with one whiff.
The myriad of characters are swirled about much like the glass particles in a kaleidoscope and just as difficult to separate into individual entities. Fight scenes are jumbled and chaotic as are the relationships between the characters. The saving factor in the entire conglomeration is the story that’s somewhat intriguing and the author’s mind that was able to conjure up the overall theme. He acknowledges his weirdness and is defensive about it.
My patience and lack of time to focus made this a skimming read for me. Someone with more ability to sit down and zero in on Gordon’s well-intentioned writing will probably find it more enjoyable.
Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES