Plugged: A Novel (Daniel McEvoy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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That's not to say that Colfer doesn't take Plugged seriously, or that he approaches the crime genre in any way half-hearted or tongue-in-cheek. Well, maybe just a little, since the hardboiled title could also refer to the hair-transplant treatment that Daniel McEvoy, the Irish-born bouncer at Slotz nightclub and former soldier in the Peace Keeping forces in Lebanon, has been receiving from an old friend and doctor of dubious qualifications, Zeb. Zeb however has gone missing, seemingly mixed up with the worst of Cloisters' organised crime gangs, but before Dan can look for him, another incident at the nightclub involving one of the hostesses presents him with potentially a lot more trouble.
Colfer's venture into the crime genre doesn't sound like it offers anything new, not even the fact that Dan is a little bit deranged, suffering flashbacks to his time in Lebanon and hearing voices in his head - an imaginary Zeb constantly berating him for getting distracted from the case - but Colfer's angle is managing to make these problems witty and amusing.Read more ›
I found Plugged reasonably entertaining but on the whole, I think it misses the mark. The plot is highly contrived, as our protagonist is quickly faced with a series of mysterious events, murders and other crimes that may or may not be related. The mysteries are resolved one by one in a manner that isn't especially satisfying. The entire plot, which is pretty ridiculous, is unrealistic in a way that doesn't quite work. The lack of realism doesn't work for gritty noir fiction and the humor doesn't push the boundaries far enough to be truly inspired, over-the-top, sardonic genre satire. The end result is a novel that is too silly to be suspenseful but doesn't have the insight and originality to be great satire. It's amusing at times and has plenty of action but has no urgency and the novel generates little suspense.
All in all, a bit of disappointment. 3 stars.
Eoin ("It's pronounced Owen!") Colfer is the New York Times bestselling author of 25 titles published in 44 languages---more than 20 million books sold. With Plugged, that number will increase exponentially.
Protagonist Daniel McEvoy is an Irish ex-pat and now a bouncer at seedy Slotz, a New Jersey casino. McEvoy's friend, Zeb Kronski, has medical aspirations but no degree. That doesn't stop him from injecting fake Botox or performing liposuction. It's where Zeb injects the unwanted fat that magnifies the sassy, irreverent tone of this novel. Always a step ahead of the law, Zeb now transplants hair plugs for McEvoy and others. Perhaps that's the titular plug?
Connie DeLyne is a hostess "in a dump like Slotz," and McEvoy comes to her aid too late, finding her dead with a dime-sized hole in her head. Detective Ronnie Deacon, "wearing anger on her face like latex," investigates the homicide. Since McEvoy has "an aura that looked like shark-infested water [and could] piss people off just by walking by," Deacon quickly focuses on him as the prime suspect.
Now, Zeb has gone missing, and McEvoy questions if indeed he killed them both, fixating on conversations he had with a military shrink, Simon Moriarty. Metaphors are mixed with a blender as McEvoy observes that "curiosity has always been the cat that skinned me.Read more ›
I never tried to guess what could possibly come next, because what Eoin Colfer came up with outdid any piddly escapades I could have ever imagined. One reviewer called it predictable. Predictable? Really? Who could have predicted Bongo?!!
A lot of reviews for stories like this frequently use Elmore Leonard as a comparison. This isn't like Elmore Leonard, it's like Eoin Colfer, and I think he can stand alone in the praise of this story. I am a voracious reader, and absolutely lucked up when I came across this book totally unexpectedly.
I found it to be the best, most originally refreshing book I've read in a long, long time. I feel like I've found a new best friend, and can't wait to see what Colfer comes up with next. I'm telling everybody I know about this book, and now I'm recommending it to a gazillion people I don't know, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There were sprites everywhere. Wasn't sure what to expect though must say I was not dissapointed. Loved 'Zeb'Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Forking hilarious. Yeah forking, you read that right. Hilarious!Published 6 months ago by Riya Anne Polcastro
Plenty of fast action and over-the-top characters kept me going even when the pace got manic and the action just a shade unbelievable.Published 11 months ago by Carolyn J. Rose
Plugged sure was something different from the other books I've read by this author since this one is more for the adult crowd. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stephanie Verhaegen (Bookfever)
I really loved this book. It was suspenseful and had interesting with unique characters. I have read Artemis Fowl and other books by Eoin Colfer growing up and was pleasantly... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Martin Ellingsen
I can't remember laughing out loud while reading a book but this one kept me entertained all the way throughPublished 17 months ago by Lucy (Jeri) Kanellos
In my teenage years I loved the Artemis Fowl series, and I continued to keep up with each release until the series' climax in 2012. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Iwan
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