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Screwed: A Novel Hardcover – May 2, 2013
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Dan McEvoy, bouncer hero of Plugged (2011), finally has a shot at ending his simmering feud with local gangster Mike Madden when he’s asked (at gunpoint) to deliver a mysterious package to Madden’s new boss. McEvoy, a street-savvy Irish expat, knows there is a catch, so he’s not at all surprised to find that Madden has offered his head to the rival crew, hedging his bets that McEvoy will be killed or will find a way to off Madden’s enemy. Slippery as ever, McEvoy wriggles out of that trap but is quickly wrapped up in complications, with two crooked cops hunting him to obtain a mysterious “package” and with the need to rescue his tragically alcohol-addled aunt. McEvoy’s nicely evoked mix of Irish fatalism, resigned violence, and hilarity would make any story a winner; the cast of witty, quirky supporting characters and the pleasingly twisted story line are a bonus. Recommended for readers who enjoy the gritty crime and humor of Elmore Leonard and Michael Van Rooy. --Christine Tran
" Dominated, driven, and fully animated by a refreshingly original voice . . . Great writing."--Lisa Scottoline, "The Washington Post"
" Incomparably clever and witty . . . Has a Quentin Tarantino-meets-Carl Hiaasen quality."--"Los Angeles Times"
" Lots of bloody fun." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"[The narrator's] nicely evoked mix of Irish fatalism, resigned violence, and hilarity would make any story a winner; the cast of witty, quirky supporting characters and the pleasingly twisted story line are a bonus." --"Booklist"
"Colfer's work is entertaining and expertly judged. His terse, muscular prose makes even a car chase seem like a new idea, and his McEvoy is a durable raconteur." --"Kirkus Review"
"Colfer presents a second glorious episode (after Plugged) in the violent, hilarious, and just plain bizarre life of Irish army vet and Jersey casino owner Dan McEvoy....noir devotees with a twisted sense of humor will eat it up." --"Library Journal"
"Incredible imagination won't suffice to solve this spectacular whodunit, a five-star story in the vein of Dave Barry that has more twists and turns than a California cloverleaf. Tell everyone you know to get SCREWED. Better still, buy a copy of it." --"Bookreporter.com"
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Instead of letting the story flow naturally the author puts a lot of energu in to being funny, wise crap, in order to make up for the lack of any real plot or story line.