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Floodgate Hardcover – February 16, 2016
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“Shaw (Plaster City) deftly mixes the odd and the humorous with cinematic action.” —Publishers Weekly
“Floodgate is at once hilarious, relentless, wicked, gritty, sardonic, and earnest. In other words, it’s a Johnny Shaw novel, which means it’s guaranteed to make your day vanish in a headlong rush of joy.” —Marcus Sakey, author of the bestselling Brilliance trilogy
“Darkly comic, marvelously inventive, and thrumming with the promise of cataclysmic violence no more than a page turn away, Floodgate is a runaway freight train. Auction City is a fantastic creation, equal to Frank Miller’s Sin City in the scope of its mythology—and in the godless depravity that lives within its borders.” —Owen Laukkanen, author of The Stolen Ones
“It’s well established that Johnny Shaw’s got a knack for character and a facility with language, but in Floodgate, Shaw tackles his most sweeping, epic tale to date—without sacrificing an iota of his trademark humor. It reads like The Warriors broke out in Dashiell Hammett’s Poisonville and The Untouchables were too hungover to take the call. Bottom line: I loved this book—and I think anybody with working eyeballs and a pulse is gonna, too.” —Chris Holm, author of The Killing Kind
“Johnny Shaw has crafted a uniquely devilish world with its delightfully memorable inhabitants and their odd histories, married with a page-turning plot full of surprises and twists down the scary back alleys of the mythical city of Auction, USA.” —Gregory Widen, author of Blood Makes Noise and screenwriter of Highlander
“Floodgate is dark and violent, twisted and funny in the way that makes you wonder if you should be laughing. Writing with equal parts gallows humor, history, and mayhem, Johnny Shaw recasts the police procedural as an exploration of corruption that gets weirder—yet makes more sense—at every turn.” —Dana Cameron, author of the Fangborn series
“Every new Johnny Shaw novel is a cause for celebration, and Floodgate may be his best yet. A tilt-a-whirl ride of crime and conspiracy that turns on a dime from madcap comedy, to high-octane thriller, to touching family drama. I absolutely loved it. Johnny Shaw is a mad genius.” —Sean Chercover, author of The Devil’s Game
“I hate Johnny Shaw. He's funny, and smart, and he makes me jealous. Floodgate is a noir novel by way of Big Trouble In Little China, and I wish I'd thought of it first. But don't take my word for it. Go read the book, and hate him your own self.” —Jay Stringer, author of Ways to Die in Glasgow
About the Author
Johnny Shaw is the author of the Spotted Owl Award–winning Jimmy Veeder Fiasco series of novels—including Plaster City and Dove Season—as well as the Anthony Award–winning adventure novel Big Maria. His short fiction has appeared in Thuglit, Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey, Plots with Guns, and various anthologies. He was the creator and editor of the hard-boiled fiction magazine Blood and Tacos. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Perhaps I'll pick it up again if the mood suits.
Readers will have a tough time choosing sides. Well, not really, but it's hard to differentiate between the good side and the bad side. It's just a matter of degree of badness. So, we hope our baddies beat the other baddies. Mysteries come and are solved quickly because other mysteries will arise in a few pages. So, it's not really a mystery. That's okay since there is little time for such to develop.
If you aren't into tough guys and tougher gals; violence; more violence; some sex to break up the violence with the tough and tougher then you should give this one a pass. If you are into such, then grab the chips, dip and bandages and dig in. This is well written and is non-stop all of the above.
I had read Shaw's “Big Maria” a few years ago and enjoyed it, so I kind of knew what I was getting into with “Floodgate”. I've now bought his two Jimmy Veeder Fiasco books and will start them soon.
I started reading this book on a cross country flight and never put it down. Which is rare for me, usually I'm lured by WIFI and spend much of the flight on Facebook. Not that day. Coast-to-coast entertainment.
I love the fact that Johnny Shaw manages to take every expected trope in adventure literature and turn it on its head. Any book where a character keeps trying to explain, "I have the gun, you need to answer my questions." and yet is unable to gain respect or get answers is a fantastic exercise in thwarted expectations. What a read!
In the final analysis, I'm glad that I didn't have to pay for it.
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Not quite up to his other efforts, but Johnny Shaw continues to be highly entertaining.