- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; First Edition / First Printing edition (February 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060742801
- ISBN-13: 978-0060742805
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,100,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More Than They Could Chew: A Novel Paperback – February 1, 2005
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Nick Ray, the divorced, alcoholic narrator of screenwriter/rocker Roberge's zany, intermittently amusing suspense novel, works the night-shift at the historic Lincoln Hotel, a sewage-challenged Long Beach, California, commercial property that survived the 1933 earthquake. "No one with anyone they could count on ended up here," Nick explains, "there were no mom or dads knocking on the doors of the Lincoln." Aching to get out of the place, Nick is thrilled when he buys a fossilized computer and discovers that it's loaded with the current locations of whistle-blowers who were hidden by the government's witness-protection program-priceless information to thugs looking for revenge and a payoff for Nick to start a new life with his kinky, bisexual lover Tara. With the help of a flashy, gold-toothed Russian criminal and a lawyer-turned-recovering junkie, Nick test-blackmails relocated Frank Carr with surprising success. But greed soon intervenes and the troika gets in over their heads with dangerous felon and Titanic fanatic Harry Fudge, an aging crook Cole's firm once rescued from a hefty jail sentence. Though the narrative eventually downshifts into an easy, uninspired resolution, this drug-hazed Christmastime romp will please many readers with its dark humor and quick plot twists.
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Ever wonder what dark schemes and dreams occupy the dead time of overnight desk jockeys at fleabag hotels? Alcoholic sad sack Nick Ray can provide some insights. He's sleepwalking through life at a flop in Long Beach, drinking rocket fuel with his junkie friends, and pretending to be a few moves away from finding love and happiness. Fat chance. As he says at the outset of this atmospheric shaggy-dog story, "Nick Ray will let you down." But he'll do it in an entertaining fashion. When he's not fulfilling his lesbian girlfriend's freaky sexual fantasies, Nick is buying up government-surplus computers full of names from the federal-witness relocation program. He figures selling the info back to the witnesses will be plenty lucrative. But a Russian gangster acquaintance and Nick's addict-attorney friend (who, naturally, is undergoing maggot therapy for an arm infection) want to sell to the bad guys instead. Much chaos could ensue, but it mostly doesn't. Like a Kevin Smith film, this novel's seedy charms come simply from spying on colorful losers figuring out new ways to lose. Frank Sennett
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Top customer reviews
I purchased the book as something to read on a flight back home-something to keep my mind off of flying the friendly skies. I didn't expect to become consumed with this exciting, funny, dark and suspenseful thriller.
I literally knew nothing about the author and very little about the book itself. It was a great journey that allowed me to escape and see the world through the eyes of some very, very interesting characters. I'm not going to ruin any of your enjoyment by telling you more about the book. You'll have a great time with this exciting read!
Happy Reading to All!
Peter Cannice - "The Spooked Flyer" from Scottsdale, Arizona
I admit the main reason I read this was because it's set in my hometown, Long Beach, CA. Should've known better. We have more than our share of low-lifes here, and this book reflects that. The three main characters reside in a low-rent downtown hotel and are involved in all sorts of bad behavior. Which is fine. When you read a book you want to see the characters evolve and hopefully improve. Plus a denouement is standard. You don't get that here. The fallen lawyer, the psycho, and the stupid narrator just keep making the DUMBEST choices. It's weird to read a book and hope that they all kill each other or just drop dead. But we don't even get that! Plus the gross-out factor is very high. One of the characters is called Maggot-Arm Joe. Nuf said. And if you enjoy eating gummy bears at all, definitely steer clear. The novel ends in the most boring, exasperating fashion: it just fizzles out. There is no climax, no resolution. COWARDS. The characters AND the author. Save your time and money and pass on this.