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Plaster City (Jimmy Veeder Fiasco Book 2) by [Johnny Shaw]
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From the Editor

When I asked Johnny Shaw to describe his novel, he responded without missing a beat: two dumb guys with a very bad plan. Classic Johnny: down-to-earth, funny, and straight to the point. Thankfully, as his editor, I’m not expected to be so brief—so let me tell you why I love Johnny’s book.

Set against the rough landscape of the Mexican border and California desert, Plaster City overflows with beer, shotguns, and dusty outlaws. What elevates the story are the authenticity and black humor that remind me of Elmore Leonard. Sure, Johnny’s a guy’s guy. But the interesting thing is that some of his biggest fans are women, like me. Perhaps that’s because at the core of Plaster City, you’ll find a smart and tough but honest story about friendship and loyalty. His characters can be crude and violent, but in the end they value and seek what we all want: understanding and acceptance from the people we love. Don’t get me wrong, though. You’ll still see more than your fair share of fights, foul language, and Mexican biker gangs.

When we asked best-selling author Craig Johnson to describe his buddy’s book, he used a few more words than Johnny but still nailed it:

“You wanna know what reading a Johnny Shaw book is like? It’s like blistering the surface of the coastal road around the Salton Sea in a lipstick-red ’59 Cadillac Biarritz convertible with unregistered weapons under the seat, illegal substances in the glove box, a shoeless, unconscious city councilman in the cavernous trunk, with Bruce Springsteen blaring out of all six speakers—and just when you think the crazy can’t get any more out of control, Plaster City takes the cigar from its lips and hands you the fifth of Maker’s Mark, saying, ‘Hold this, I wanna try something I saw on a cartoon once.’”

Consider yourself warned.

- Anh Schluep, Editor

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Starred Review: Violent, hilarious, and touching, Shaw’s sequel to Dove Season (2011) chronicles the efforts of semi-reformed brawler Jimmy Veeder to help Bobby Maves find his missing 16-year-old daughter, Julie. The setting, in the nothing-to-lose hardscrabble Southern California desert, encourages irresponsible antics, and the two buddies proceed by headlong, drunken chaos rather than careful planning. Meanwhile, the intimidating presence of a Mexican crime lord, once Jimmy’s friend, reminds readers that things could turn very serious, very fast. Moreover, the action lurches in surprising directions—when Bobby arrives to rescue Julie, she isn’t exactly glad to see him. Jimmy himself is torn by his urge to stay home and be a better father to his son, so concern with the theory and practice of “family” underlies the main plot’s bloody slapstick bromance. Joe R. Lansdale perfected this brand of compassionate mayhem in his Hap & Leonard stories, but Anthony Award–winner Shaw does it extremely well, too.

From Library Journal

Life in the California desert is excruciatingly dull for Jimmy Veeder. His only excitement is the occasional drunken escapade choreographed by his best friend, Bobby Maves. All of their reckless and irresponsible fun comes to a screeching halt when Bobby gets word that his estranged teenage daughter, Julie, has gone missing. Confidently setting out to find her, Jimmy and Bobby quickly realize that there is more to this disappearance than teenage angst and rebellion. With an arsenal of guns, beer, and cigarettes, the two formulate a dubious plan to rescue a young lady who might not want to be found. Anthony Award winner Shaw’s (Big Maria) second installment in the award-winning “Jimmy Veeder Fiasco” series (Dove Season) hits the right note. Violent and ribald without being salacious, the novel maintains a tongue-in-cheek attitude that keeps the reader wholly entertained. The setting of California’s Imperial Valley is paramount, with its long expanse of nothingness and like the book says, “…when you’re walking in the desert, you’re walking on a graveyard.” VERDICT Readers who enjoy mysteries and suspense novels with plenty of action and humor will delight in this series. —Amy Nolan, St. Joseph, MI

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  • File Size : 2616 KB
  • Publication Date : May 1, 2014
  • Print Length : 353 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (May 1, 2014)
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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