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Spam & Eggs: A Johnny Denovo Mystery Paperback – February 3, 2009
Wow! `Spam & Eggs' is a fast-paced, intelligent thriller fueled by the author's razor-sharp observational skills, understanding of metaphor and psychology, and inspired intuition. It challenges you with an impossible puzzle, then resolves with delightful surprises and a satisfying soufflé of a finish. I can't wait to meet Johnny Denovo on his next adventure. --Sharon Livingston, PhD, President, The Livingston Group
Cryptic e-mail messages set in motion Johnny Denovo's newest case, "Spam & Eggs."
Andrew Kent has created a cast of colorful characters including: John A. Novarro, the genius behind the newly created Denovo persona, mystique, and his detective motif; Tucker the Techno-geek; Wei Chou, the Chinese Cook; FBI Agent Ross, with his standard issue countenance; Mona Landau, the sultry serpent queen, his agent; and defense contractor Jim Winthrop.
Kent develops background material to introduce his intriguing and sinister plot. He is as comfortable and credibly knowledgeable when describing background on a horse ranch in Virginia, as when detailing technical and communications infra-structure, or affirming the amenities of Montpellier, France.
Andrew Kent has a brilliant command of language and is a clever word-weaver. He incorporates sophisticated vocabulary, clever word play, tongue-in-cheek realism, and soliloquies with brisk dialog to create a masterpiece of deductive challenge, engrossing reading, and engaging entertainment in "Spam & Eggs: A Johnny Denovo Mystery." --ReaderViews.com, March 2, 2009
Andrew Kent has a brilliant command of language and is a clever word-weaver. He incorporates sophisticated vocabulary, clever word play, tongue-in-cheek realism, and soliloquies with brisk dialog to create a masterpiece of deductive challenge, engrossing reading, and engaging entertainment in "Spam & Eggs: A Johnny Denovo Mystery." --Reader Views, March 5, 2009
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The main character in the book is private detective Johnny Denovo, a very enjoyable and fully believable character whose knack for his profession has brought him wealth and great fame. Denovo brings to the table qualities belonging to some of the greatest fictional detectives of all time and reminds me of what you would get if you were to cross Sherlock Holmes with Mike Hammer and Lieutenant Colombo. Like Holmes he has a brilliant mind and great deductive powers along with the ability to read people's personalities and therefore deduce what their reaction might be to certain scenarios. The Hammer reference comes from the touch of the noir genre that Denovo exhibits on occasion, especially with his womanizing. Colombo figures into the mix because early on in the story the reader along with the detective figures out who the guilty party is and the rest of the book revolves around Denovo's efforts to prove what he already knows. This detective however doesn't wear a ratty raincoat like Colombo but instead dresses to impress and to keep up his image.
Surrounding Denovo is a cast of very intriguing and well-developed characters, especially his business manager and sidekick Mona. Mona has always just handled the money and has never been involved in a case until this one but once she is on the case their business relationship soon develops into an on the job partnership and possibly even something more. Other than Mona the most notable character is Denovo's childhood friend Tucker who is by this time a computer genus that works for the government among other employers. Tucker becomes a key in figuring out what is going on and how it is being done and is basically a very fun character. Being a baby boomer and therefore not having been raised using a computer I started to get worried when I saw how big of a part computers were going to play in this story because I knew if things got too technical I would be lost. There was no need for me to have worried though because the author handled everything so well that it all made perfect sense to me despite my lack of computer skills. Just to be honest the author handles everything well and this book is about as well written as any book I have ever come across. The plot is compelling and strong, the writing is superb and the author is a master storyteller.
My fellow mystery fans, this book is not to be missed. If true talent rises to the top then this is not the last we have heard from Johnny Denovo and his creator Andrew Kent. I very much hope that there is a second installment in the works.
Credit to Kent for moving briskly in developing the main character but also feels a bit glib - same with other characters as well - too much cardboard, not enough flesh.
Never a real sense of danger or menace or even doubts about the outcome. But then it seems that Kent is poised to move away from any accusations that he is being too ironic or too camp. Even the potential menace of cyberspace has no hold on the main characters.
As I write this review, I feel as if Idid not like the book as much as I did while I was reading it. I'll definitely try another to see if I can sort out my feelings about the book(s).
Oh, yeah: please put the Thesaurus down when you start to add another "Tucker the..." nickname.
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The author overused some phrases. I got incredibly tired of hearing about Devovo's "limbic brain.Read more