- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Blue Hen Trade (August 5, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425190803
- ISBN-13: 978-0425190807
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,341,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Metal Shredders Paperback – August 5, 2003
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John Bonner is trying hard to cope with his new role as exploiter of a motley crew of low-paid workers at his prosperous family business. John Bonner & Son Metal Shredders is where cars go to die-mashed into scrap by a mouthful of high-speed 255-pound magnesium teeth. John works with his sister, and the two bond over their romantic histories-which resemble scrap heaps as well. Then, one fateful night, a hidden stash of drug money turns up in a Ford LTD trunk with an extremely unpleasant smell. Now John has to launder the cash-literally-and figure out what to do with it. And what to do about a lot of things. Because this is not where he wants to die...
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When two workers find five thousand dollars stashed in one of the cars, John claims a finders keepers fee, but soon the money vanishes. Searching for the cash, John embroils himself and Octavia in a series of missteps and ultimately calamity as an employee dies. This returns John to square one wondering whether to sell the business, but has this additional albatross of the missing loot to deal with too.
THE METAL SHREDDERS is a different kind of tale that is at its strongest when dealing with the business and the industry that has made the headlines in light of the World Trade Center. John is the focus of the tale and he is fully developed so that the reader grasps his concerns and worries. The secondary cast, especially his sister and the blue-collar workers, propels the plot for forward while enhancing the understanding of John. When the story line twists into a sexually aggressive secondary character it loses some of the sting of a deep insightful look at a unique profession. Nancy Zafris has easily taken the leap from short story writer to novelist.
Lots of dry wit, interesting characters - family and associates who all have their own issues or distinct color, a great "oh-oh" moment when I dreaded but couldn't help turning the pages fast enough, and even the process of mashing a car down for its various metal components is interesting in this author's hands.
I could have done with a little less Hayley - she was fun in the beginning, but her incessant hitting on Olivia began to get repetitious.
What seemed to keep me fully absorbed was the writing though. Effortless, flowing, funny, insightful - a very good story teller that has the ability to pull just about anything off.