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Big Shoes (Austin Carr Mysteries Book 4) by [Getze, Jack]
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Book 4 of 4 in Austin Carr Mystery (4 Book Series)

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A series that stays top-notch
By Paperbackstash on November 30, 2015
Austin Carr has been around for four books now, but he's still not getting old. In fact, he has a humorous charm that repeats itself in cycles as he keeps losing his common sense over a pretty woman, gets sucked into shady situations because of his business connections, and always somehow comes out on top like the lucky stockbroker he is.
In this fourth installment, the unusual but enjoyable Mama Bones plays an even larger role than before - sometimes the book is even told her from point of view. There's a slight distance from Austin due to this, but it didn't detract any enjoyment. There's still the same funny situations that leave me chucking, the suspenseful moments that make me practically gnaw my bottom lip off, and the out-of-nowhere twists that make my eyes pop open. I probably look like a cartoon reading these.
This time around Austin is smartening up and wanting out of his business, a job that at first probably seemed relatively harmless until it became mixed up with business partners - and their mothers - who have mob connections. Throw in a competing rival who is hunting Austin down while he has to join up with the people he was wanting to break away from, and another fun adventure takes place.
The story is strong enough on its own (seriously, how does Getze think of all these twists??), but it's made even more unforgettable because of characters you latch on to. I even had my doubts a time or two this time about long-time compadre Luis, but he's always scene-stealing when he walks on page. Mama Bones being a strange mixture of tough-as-nail criminal paired as the neighborhood homemaker is always a riot. Austin is himself with his never ending faith in his own "full-boat grin." Lady interests thrown in the books bring them a small brush of noir lore that completely works.
A sequel that charms as much as its predecessors, Austin Carr is still wooing me with his big grin, twisted situations, and bizarre luck. Since the other books were good, it had big shoes to fill, and I'm happy to say it did it with style.

From the Author

Once upon a time, author Getze let the character Austin Carr interview him.
Austin: I understand a character like myself wasn't really born, omniscient one, but where exactly did I come from? And why stick me with a silly name like Austin Carr?
TFA: You are a product of my distaste for a certain environment - telephone sales as experienced inside a third-rate investment company on the Jersey Shore. The people were nice, the primary product municipal bonds a decent investment, but this joint was as far from Wall Street as the University of California at Berkeley. I wanted a slightly shady character who succeeded with his mouth and his charm, not his fists, and I created him from a room full of guys on the telephone, pleading and begging for a sale.
A: I'm shady?
T: You break rules and regulations for that rich pretty redhead, remember?
A: What about the name?
T: Your name is a fluke. I thought I made it up, but turns out Austin Carr is a famous basketball player from the 1970s and 80s. All-American for Notre Dame. First overall draft pick. Still has a radio show about basketball in the Midwest. I would never say this in front him -- a six-foot-ten athlete -- but I was looking for something a little silly, and my brain must have regurgitated Austin Carr from the old basketball headlines. Luckily, names are like titles when it comes to books.
A: Do you make a lot of mistakes?
T: At least one bad error a day. Agreeing to let you ask me questions was obviously today's.
A: And which day was the mistake made about me being a stockbroker? After the market crashes of 2001, and 2008-09, the Wall Street-led surge in joblessness, how on earth did you imagine a series with a broker protagonist might work?
T: Pretty dumb, huh? Refusing to read my manuscript, I've heard editors actually laugh at the idea. One said in an email she'd be fired if she bought any manuscript with a stockbroker protagonist. The thing is, Austin, telephone securities sales was something this writer knew well - and more than that, something I wanted to write about. Working on 100% commission is a terrible way to give financial advice, but funny in application because of the people involved, and symbolic of our system's worst parts. Also, of course, I wanted to cause you the most suffering. 
A: Suffering? Gee, what a nice guy. Do you mistreat animals?
T: I love animals. I have a dog named Maddy, a cat named Miss Kitty, and I carry spiders outside on a sheet of paper. But you, sir, are a fictional character, and good fiction is about conflict. My job as a writer is to work you over, scare you, test you by putting you in difficult situations, all the while entertaining our readers. Don't worry, you handle everything -- everything except that giant bluefin at the climax.
A: Did you tell Dru BIG NUMBERS is not exactly a cozy?
T. I sent her a copy.
A. That's not the same thing. Maybe you'd better describe the parts of BIG NUMBERS that stick out a little from that cozy mold. Ha ha.
T. The three sex scenes are played for laughs - and short, like my real life. People actually die on the page, but the violence is minimal and not gory. There are a handful of four-letter words scattered throughout because I refuse to have a low-life criminal say, "Oh, fudge." It's almost a cozy.
A. Almost a cozy? Are you kidding me? Your new book description on Amazon says, "Root for divorced dad Austin Carr, a lovable, oversexed scamp who'll use anything and everything to get his kids back. Think Bugs Bunny with guns and a penis."
T. That's been changed now. Jeez. I'm so glad I agreed to this interview. You're killing me, Austin. Killing me! But honestly, you're the one who's always thinking about sex, making suggestive remarks, falling in love with every redhead you meet. Why can't you grow up?
A. Me? You're the one who writes this stuff. I'm a fictional character!
T. OK, that's it. I'm out of here.

Product details

  • File Size: 936 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Down & Out Books (September 15, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0140MXDFC
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