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Plugged: A Novel (Daniel McEvoy Book 1) by [Colfer, Eoin]
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'I loved the voice. I loved the dark streets. I love the story' Harlan Coben 'Artemis Fowl creator Eoin Colfer heads off into zanily comic adult noir territory with Plugged ... McEvoy finds himself sucked into a maelstrom of outlandish criminal shenanigans, a knockabout farce with Elmore Leonard-style wisecracking at every turn' Metro 'Violent, surreal and eccentric, this offering couldn't be further from his Artemis Fowl series' Sun 'Eoin Colfer ... is hugely inventive and intelligent and an instinctive storyteller, who happens to write beautifully and elegantly as well' Michael Morpurgo 'Colfer is an engaging and inventive writer with a strong sense of the rhythm of a story ... always entertaining page by page' Guardian 'A non-stop, fever-pitched crime thriller ... Genius at work' Ridley Pearson 'DON'T PICK UP THIS BOOK if you want to get anything else done for the next day or two. It's too sharp, too funny, and it won't let you go' Don Winslow 'This is Sopranos territory - where terrible deeds are mixed with the painful banalities of life in a way that brings laughter among the tears and gnaws at your heart. It's a fine debut' Daily Mail 'Colfer ... has transplanted his style seamlessly into the adult genre' The Times 'A laugh-out-loud adventure that is as close as the genre gets to a hug' The Sunday Times (Ireland) 'Scabrously funny, furiously paced and distinctively idiosyncratic, PLUGGED ... suggests Colfer's first adult crime novel will not be his last' Irish Times 'His rapid-fire surreal wit is packed with off kilter ideas ... it's a highly entertaining ride' Financial Times

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'I loved the voice. I loved the dark streets. I love the story' -- Harlan Coben 'Eoin Colfer ... is hugely inventive and intelligent and an instinctive storyteller, who happens to write beautifully and elegantly as well' -- Michael Morpurgo 'Colfer is an engaging and inventive writer with a strong sense of the rhythm of a story ... always entertaining page by page' -- Guardian 'This is Sopranos territory - where terrible deeds are mixed with the painful banalities of life in a way that brings laughter among the tears and gnaws at your heart. It's a fine debut' -- Daily Mail 'This might lead you to think you're in Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen or even Damon Runyon country, but you're not. Although there are echoes of all three writers in Plugged, Colfer's novel is dominated, driven and fully animated by a refreshingly original voice' -- Washington Post

Product Details

  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DIAVE4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,658 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Plugged represents something of a departure for the acclaimed author of Artemis Fowl and other young adult novels, his latest novel heading for the more adult territory of crime fiction. But while the tone and content is definitely adult - it features a semi-delusional bouncer at a pretty sleazy "hostess" (ie. stripper) club who manages to get himself uncomfortably immersed in the crime and drug dealing world of suburban New Jersey - the reader will be happy to find out that there is still plenty of humour to be had with the subject along the way.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. My kids read the Artemis Fowl books when they were young and the author always struck me as creative and clever so I had high hopes for a wildly entertaining ride.

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.
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If Carl Hiassen married Raymond Chandler and engaged Dave Barry to be a surrogate mother, Plugged would be the progeny. Oh, grow up! This is a zany crime caper where such things are possible. With an unlikely title---redolent of Chandler's characters being "plugged" with lead bullets---the bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series makes his hilarious crime fiction debut, á la Elmore Leonard.

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.
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If you're an Artemis Fowl fan, that's great, but this is not an Artemis Fowl book. It's not a kid's book. It seems like the bad reviews stem from people expecting this book to be Artemis Fowl grows up. Instead, it's a HI-larious romp of a story with great characters, great energy, and a whole lot of fun.
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.
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