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Lucky Supreme: A Novel of Many Crimes (Darby Holland Crime Novel) Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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Advance Praise for LUCKY SUPREME:
"What wonderful Northwest noir. Lucky Supreme cruises through Portland's underworld with a raunchy grace and an unfailing sense of black humor. I loved it." -New York Times bestselling & 3-time Edgar Award-winning author T. Jefferson Parker
“The bastard lovechild of Charles Bukowski and Raymond Chandler, Lucky Supreme is a novel so good you’ll want to ink it into your skin.” -Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, the basis of Netflix’s hit drama Longmire.
"Lucky Supreme is one hell of a book. I didn't know anyone could do noir like this. Now I know Jeff Johnson can." -Joe R. Lansdale, author of Paradise Sky.
"As hip and cool as the neon rain-slicked slicked streets of Portland. Darby Holland is a modern hero in the mold of Sam Spade and Marlowe only with more tattoos and in steel-toed boots. A funny and very gritty book with cool folks, cool music, and wonderful sense of place." -- Ace Atkins, New York Times Bestselling author of The Innocents and Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn.
"Jeff Johnson is the real deal. His work is fast and funny, down and dirty--one moment as smooth as 18-year-old bourbon and the next as rough as a country road. A great talent, a pleasure to read." -- -Brad Smith, author of Red Means Run
Mystery Scene magazine said about Lucky Supreme: A Novel of Many Crimes: "The author, a tattoo artist himself, gets props for not getting all soapy and fuzzy with his setting, and Darby makes for an intriguing narrator/storyteller, his black humor tinged with a rough poetry that initially seems forced but eventually really gets under your skin. More please."--Mystery Scene Magazine
Praise for Everything Under the Moon
There’s a whole world out there, that most of us never need to know about. A world of predators and prey, and predators who prey on predators. It’s a dog eat dog world, and things are getting a bit hairy. It’s Jeff Johnson’s world, where the volume is always cranked up to eleven, the violence is cranked up to the max, and it’s just one damned thing after another. The pace is fast, the plot is racing and restraint has been kicked into the gutter. And it’s got werewolves. What more do you want?” Simon R. Green, New York Times Bestselling author of Tales from the Nightside
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Tattoo parlors are showcases for the socially disreputable, the brazenly nonconformist and the indelibly creative, all on display in this colorful memoir.”Publishers Weekly
If you like skin art, welcome aboard.”Kirkus Reviews
Absolutely fascinating.”The Washington Post
Funny, outlandish, and sometimes disturbing ”New York Post
Astonishing candor and brilliant imagery.”?London Free Press
"Tattoo Machine is meticulously observed, savagely funny, and deeply compassionate. It's a tale of up-from-under redemption through the shadowed art of personal symbolism. Jeff Johnson is a sharp-eyed master tattoo artist and an extraordinary writer."Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love
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"For everyone out there who is as fascinated by skin art as much as I am, Jeff Johnson's memoir is a must read, a gritty, brutally honest account of his life and years in the tattoo business. Equally hilarious, alarming, heartbreaking, rebellious, and philosophical, Tattoo Machine gets inside your head and leaves an impression that goes deeper than any needle, one that will only be wiped away when you, dear customer, are dead and gone."Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff
"One of the best books I’ve read so far this year a reading experience that transcends the subject matter.”Jeff VanderMeer
About the Author
Jeff Johnson is a twenty-year veteran tattoo artist who has inked gang members, age-defying moms, and sociopaths; he’s defused brawls and tended delicate egos. He is also the author of the memoir, Tattoo Machine: Tall Tales, True Stories, and My Life in Ink, and the novels Everything Under the Moon, Knottspeed, Lucky Supreme (Arcade 2016), and the upcoming A Long Crazy Burn (Arcade, October 2017), the second in the series of the Darby Holland crime novels. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Lucky Supreme is a crime novel worth your three or four hours traffic.
Both stories take place in Portland, Oregon - a city I love. This tale takes us to Old Town, a part of town I've walked around many times before and this author has a huge talent in bringing his story locales and his characters alive.
Darby Holland is now 40 years old but grew up, at least part of his life, as a street kid. He owns a tattoo parlor in Old Town called Lucky Supreme and has quite a unique mix of people working for him.
One of his past employees stole some tattoo renderings (called flash) from him and Darby has been looking for him ever since. He gets a call from another past employee from Southern California who has spotted the thief. So Darby heads down to California and his troubles really begin.
I loved this story. I loved everything about it, from characters good and bad, to descriptions of just about everything. The story is dark, quirky, made me think, made me laugh. I was thrilled to read that this is the first book in a trilogy about Darby Holland. Author Johnson's skill with the written word is top-notch.
"The inside of my mouth tasted like I’d been chewing on old cigarette butts scavenged from the lobby of a casino full of white wine drinkers."
I received this book from Arcade Publishing through Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased review.
From Jeff Johnson, a man who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, comes this noir-ish tale of theft, ball bearings, tattoo shops and gentrification. I loved it!
Set in Portland, Oregon, (with some forays down to the California coast), the city itself became a character. Old Town, one of the holdouts from the gentrification going on all around, was vividly drawn. A neighborhood with lots of rain and dilapidated buildings, but also with residents who, (with the proper motivation), will help protect their own.
Darby owns a tattoo shop, Lucky Supreme, and a few years back some of his old flash was stolen. (This is the name for the designs that hang on the wall in tattoo shops, some of which is valuable now.) Darby has had the word out about it, and he finally gets a lead as to where the stolen flash is located. As Darby heads to the California coast to get his flash back, he meets up with characters I won't soon forget-some enemies and some friends, but all compelling. Darby himself is somewhat of an enigma.
Quote: " I found myself smiling at the quantity of the madness I carried around inside me. "
That's all I'll say about the plot, except for 2 more things: food and humor. All of Jeff's books feature at least one character who cooks, and man, the food always sounds delicious. Lastly, his books feature a black sense of humor that always works for me and this book was no different.
Quote: "Hurl crazy hookers at the enemy at every opportunity. Sun Tzu said that, didn't he?"
I swore to myself that I wouldn't start any more books that were part of a series, but with Jeff Johnson, I could not resist. This is an engaging tale full of captivating characters, a protagonist you can root for, (even though he's not the typical hero type), and a city where it is nearly always raining, but whose residents have a spirit that rises above. Lucky Supreme is a fun book with often sharp insights into human behavior and I give it my highest recommendation!
*Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the free E-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*