- Series: A Johnny Denovo Mystery
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (February 3, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598588648
- ISBN-13: 978-1598588644
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,058,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spam & Eggs: A Johnny Denovo Mystery Paperback – February 3, 2009
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
The appeal of Johnny & Mona is undeniable and the sparks that fly between them only add to the mystery and adventure laid out before them.
Spam & Eggs is a good old fashioned mystery set in today's high-tech, high stakes world of the Internet which I'm sure every reader will enjoy and find hard to put down.
The author overused some phrases. I got incredibly tired of hearing about Devovo's "limbic brain." I got it after the first 10 instances of it. After that it just annoyed me. The author also is impressed with his vast vocabulary and insists on sharing it in this book. He uses many obscure words far too frequently. I read a lot. I don't want to have to keep going to a dictionary in a detective novel, ever. Mr. Kent seemed to not be able to decide if this was a deceive story or a noir detective story... It was difficult to sort it out and that makes a difference to the voice of the characters, IMHO.
That said... The story line was good. The characters were interesting. The story pulled me in and made me want to finish the book to the end.
If you are looking for an intelligent, yet humorous and fast-paced, read, Johnny Denovo's Span & Eggs is the perfect fit. You will be left awaiting his next adventure.
You may have no such fear here. Andrew Kent has created a likeable, approachable hero fit for all the family. To me Johnny Denovo is interesting because he is clearly not a muscle-bound superhero. He is without doubt self-assured, smart, sexy, yet vulnerable in a geeky way, which leads me to want to see his personality evolve over books to come.
The plot is imaginative and well threaded. We are all hounded by email spam. Johnny Denovo sees patterns and plot emerge in front of him on the computer screen - a premise both believable and engaging. The story once launched rattles along, with cheeky characterizations, and page turning action scenes. You will encounter a sizzling gallery of characters, my favorite being Tucker whose high tech world is believably intricate. The writing is first rate; spare, yet roomy enough for humor. Action scenes are the highlight. Kent's ability to stitch a reader to the page is enviable and leaves you wanting more.
When is the sequel coming out?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun, funny, but pretty juvenile. Johnny is way too full of himself and his assistant/partner/lover (Mona), is too single-dimensioned. Read morePublished on October 19, 2014 by CoMtWoman
Very interesting story construction. Intellectually satisfying. Not the usual slam, bam detective approach. I enjoyed it from beginning to end!Published on October 14, 2013 by Donald R. Chambers
The hero of Spam & Eggs, Johnny Denovo, is an ultracool, superfamous, extraordinarily smart detective. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by Amy Edelman
Of the thousands of books I've read over my lifetime, there are probably less than 10 that I had to abort, due to disinterest or disappointment. Spam & Eggs is one of those books. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by chuckpack
Title says it all. I have no clue what the author was trying to do in this book and how he made the huge leaps in "logic".Published on January 26, 2011 by R. Shaw
This is what I consider a "television" type of book. You are told what the characters are supposed to be, rather than forming an opinion based on your own interpretation of their... Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by Stock24
The ranks of cerebral detectives (first portrayed so well by Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories) have been joined by Adam Kent's Johnny Denovo. Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by Michigan Book Fan
Hopefully written for teenaged boys, who might be impressed with the one-dimensional characters and sophomoric writing style. Read morePublished on December 18, 2010 by GreenWeaver
Always risky reading a new author...I loved it, although I thought the author was trying too hard with unusual vocabulary. The story moved well and was never boring. Read morePublished on December 8, 2010 by grandma