To Hell with Johnny Manic Kindle Edition
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"Very evocative of the multilayered Fight Club and Gone Girl. The protagonist is well developed and constantly evolving. The plot sucked me in and didn't let me go." - George Bounacos / Goodreads
"A well crafted totally amazing murder mystery. Edgy and fast-paced it's a hell of a wild ride!" - Kelly / Goodreads
"This had more twists and turns than a switchback-filled mountain road. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!" - Christi Massey / Goodreads
"The cinematic plot is thoroughly engrossing, with tortuous turns and all the wrong characters showing up at all the wrong times... [An] unnerving, rapidly escalating scenario of deception piled on deception." - Feathered Quill Book Reviews
"Diamond nails an evocative, nihilistic, hard-boiled style that fans of Jim Thompson and the like will admire... A feverishly readable psychological noir." - Kirkus Reviews
"A truly riveting tale of deception, murder and psychological suspense... One of the year's best thrillers." - BestThrillers.com
"An engrossingly dark vision of a protagonist whose alter ego takes over in many different ways. The build-up of psychological suspense and the evolution of evil is truly compelling... highly recommended..." - D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"Intuitive detective Lou Eisenfall has a bad feeling about these two volatile spirits coming together, particularly since Johnny's wild lifestyle implies there's a lot of darkness going on under the surface... A powerful and engaging mystery that will keep you in your seat from cover to cover." - Readers' Favorite (5 stars)
"Really enjoyed this one from page one until the end. I never knew what was going to happen next. Characters were very vivid and this book has more depth than others in the same genre!" - Charlie Matthau / NetGalley
"One of the craziest thrillers I've read in a long time... Let's just say hang on to your hat and jump into the twists, turns, and unexpected plunges that will leave you breathless." - James Newell / NetGalley
"If you enjoy a book that has your heart racing along with the character then grab this book!" - Lynn Hallbrooks / Goodreads
"Part thriller, part ill-fated romance and a whole lot of throwback to vintage crime Raymond Chandler-style, I must say I enjoyed every minute of reading it." - Monnie / Goodreads
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Kirkus Reviews calls it "a feverishly readable psychological noir," while BestThrillers.com, in naming it to their Best of 2019 list, called it "a truly riveting tale of deception, murder and psychological suspense."
- Publication Date : August 1, 2019
- File Size : 1088 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Stolen Time Press (August 1, 2019)
- Print Length : 268 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07RGGNL8Y
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- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #592,925 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As the story begins, we find a guy named Tom Gantry blowing money to the wind in a Las Vegas casino. He's not there as Tom, though; he's really a fugitive from Illinois who's taken over the identity of a man named John Manis (who's also known as Johnny Manic). It seems Tom embezzled a ton of money, got caught and went to jail, got out and violated parole, so a new identity was a must to avoid capture.
When he's down to his last $10,000, give or take a few shekels, Johnny cuts his losses and heads to Napa, California, in hopes of buying a tech repair company from a computer whiz who wants to do something else with his life. There, he meets a femme fatale named Marilyn Dupree, who's married to a filthy rich but philandering dude named Bastion. Sparks fly the very first time they eyeball each other, so it's inevitable that they'd hook up even though it's clearly a match made in hell.
Throw into the mix at least one other unsavory character, a couple of untimely deaths and Lou Eisenfall, a detective who's suspicious of everybody but hones in on Johnny and Marilyn like a fly on a honeypot. Stir up that pot, add a twist or two of spice and you've got a very entertaining and well-written story. Thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for providing me with a pre-publication copy to read and review.
Down to the last ten thousand he buys a home tech service business from The Kid and tries to lose & calm himself in a small town in California wine country. Too bad Marilyn lives there too.
The minute Johnny sees Marilyn it's evident he's fighting a losing battle. Kipling was so right. From that point on Johnny's life goes from bad to worse; a slow motion train wreck.
TO HELL WITH JOHNNY MANIC is so noir my mental movie was in black & white.
Deeply flawed characters possessing few, if any, redeeming qualities. Every face is a mask. Put 'em in a bag, shake 'em up & see who comes out alive.
If noir is your thing you don't want to miss TO HELL WITH JOHNNY MANIC. You aren't likely to be disappointed.
I was provided an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
A new start, a simpler life, a job that will keep him busy and money in his pockets. That's all he's asking. What he finds instead, just might be the death of him.
This psychological suspense novel put me in mind of stories shared by Alfred Hitchcock. I suspect if he read this he would've wanted to make it into a movie. Yes, the more I consider it, I think it would have a huge impact on the cinematic world.
Disclaimer: I was provided an advance reader's copy of this book by NetGalley courtesy of Stolen Time Press. I voluntarily read this book and am providing my honest opinions with you.
Many thanks to Stolen Time Press and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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From there on in, there’s nothing to enjoy. Johnny is dull. Marilyn is an alcoholic and not someone you would willingly spend any time with. I get that two bad characters can attract but that was not the case here. If Marilyn had an end game in mind; that could have been achieved without Johnny.
Johnny is a two bit fraudster. Having somehow got ahold of a considerable sum of cash from a man whose identity he stole, he then blows the lot at casinos.
So, a drunk, conniving woman and a flaky dull failed conman somehow end up together. Really; who cares what happens? You could say they deserve each other.