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Bagmen (A Victor Carl Novel) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

William Lashner
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Victor Carl is back, and back in trouble. At a low point in his lowly career, Victor finds himself skulking through the streets of Philadelphia carrying a bag full of money for an ambitious politician. It is a rotten job on the wrong side of anyone’s line, but with bag in hand Victor is suddenly hobnobbing with the city’s elite, filling his bank account, and having sex with the politician’s gorgeous and deranged sister. But just when Victor begins to think he’s got a future in the political game, one of his payoffs ends up in the pocket of a dead woman, and Victor goes from bagman to fall guy. Now Victor’s only way out might lie with a brotherhood of shady characters with sacks full of cash, bad fedoras, and their own twisted set of rules. Will Victor’s new friends help him find a killer or bury him deep?

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

William Lashner is the New York Times bestselling author of The Barkeep, The Accounting, Blood and Bone, and eight previous Victor Carl novels, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages and sold across the globe. Writing under the pseudonym Tyler Knox, Lashner is also the author of Kockroach, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, which was described as “roaringly entertaining” by Publishers Weekly and “an energetic tour de force” by USA Today. Before retiring from law to write full-time, Lashner was a prosecutor with the Department of Justice in Washington DC. He is a graduate of the New York University School of Law as well as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives with his wife, his three children, and his dog, Chase Muttley, outside of Philadelphia.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 397 Seiten
  • Verlag: Thomas & Mercer (5. August 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Diesmal 22. August 2014
Von Peter
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
war es nicht ein Kracher wie die meisten Victor Carl Geschichten aber auch nicht schlecht.3,5 Sterne würde ich geben wenn ich könnte
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5.0 von 5 Sternen VICTOR CARL IS BACk ~ IT'S A GOOD ONE 1. Juni 2014
Von James L. Woolridge - Veröffentlicht auf
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When I read a Victor Carl book, I am always amazed that there are not more reviews(readers). If you are one not reading the Victor Carl series, get HOSTILE WITNESS and start. You are missing out on a fine lawyer series. But onward, Victor Carl is back in the eighth book in the series, BAGMEN of course written by William Lashner. In this one Carl is down on his luck again going to court rooms, "Plea agreements, motions to suppress, trials of any stripe, DUI's half -priced." That's down. Enter Melanie Brooks from law school and quickly our hero is in a tux and very fine shoes at the Governors Ball with the big wigs. Carl becomes a bagman for politicians. Highly paid, highly busy. But did you now there is an underground organization for bagmen that might be unhappy about this? Dead bodies, bags of money and shady ladies, all pop up in this fast paced, fun read. Victor Carl is always hilarious and throw in the bagmen, and even a funny salesman at Boyd's. This book can't miss. Oh, yes, the word Selma gets a whole new meaning. Very HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Go out and get this one.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen 4.5 Stars 5. August 2014
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Review of Bagmen by William Lashner

This was my first William Lashner novel and it was just great, without even few minor exceptions. Being raised in the Philly area and a retired lawyer, I feel as though I had a better feel for the type of characters and the geography of the setting.

I have certainly heard the term “Bagman” before but never knew the extent of the legal and practical principles involved in this “profession”. And then to discover there was a possibility that there was even a support group to make sure every aspect of the Bagman profession was upheld to standards was amazing. It is this style of imagination that contributes to an author’s fictional talents. I just love wondering how the Brotherhood goes about pursuing this sleazy endowment.

Victor Carl, the struggling lawyer with two first names, is on his last legs. His client population, never that large to begin with, is quickly dwindling and is escrow account hit the southern equator quite some time ago. But a random meeting with a former fellow law school in the criminal court building brings new life to Mr. Carl’s profession. His unique algebraic formula for determining his necessary monetary retainer seems both accurate and bizarre. After mentioning a buzzword to a judge during a suppression hearing with a rather conservative judge, catapults Carl to new legal heights with new clothes, high society contacts and a nice new Italian hand sewn leather bag. The story takes off from that point and just never looks back.

Lashner is a smart writer who artfully captures the attitudes and complexes of his characters. Each personality is unique and captivating. One can almost smell the cigar and cigarette smoke whiffing up from the overloaded ashtray, situated right next to the strong and colorful alcoholic beverages in the tobacco, yellow tined walls of the barroom. I kept on wanting more and more and so William Lashner is now on my “must read” list.

Typically I reserve 5 star ratings for novels of epic proportions and while this one came close, it didn’t quite close the finishing epic line. It clearly deserved more than 4 stars but not 5, so my rating is 4.5 stars.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen YUCK 25. August 2014
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I can't tell you what a relief it is to finish an awful, awful book. I couldn't wait until I finished it and I only did that as I was reviewing it for Amazon. I could not believe it was popular enough to have a series. Who read this stuff? It is a direct rip-off of Michael Connolly's Lincoln Lawyer series but done very badly. Here are some of the examples of the writing:
"She bent her neck back, exposing her long pale neck. I had the bright vampiric urge to take a bite, a large one, a real mouthful."
"He is worth almost a billion dollars, and that is enough to keep him warm at night."

The set-up is Victor Carl, an impoverished lawyer, becomes a bagman for a company that owns a Congressman. People get killed, Carl gets double crossed, there is an incredibly yucky incest relationship and people are betrayed. Yawn. There were no surprises, the writing was bland, the plot clichéd and I have absolutely no reason to recommend it. If you like this type of book try Michael Connolly.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The sleaze factor's very high 3. Juni 2014
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I've read the Victor Carl series, and pretty much enjoyed them. Poor old Victor, always striving to succeed, and always managing to miss doing so by just th-i-i-i-i-s much...

The books are always loaded with his sardonic and ironic observations on his loserdom; witty dialogue's the norm.

And yet, in spite of all his shortcomings, somewhere under all the cynicism is a knight in very tarnished armor, always trying to do good, and essentially even doing so, sometimes in spite of himself.

There's a lot of that in this book, but somehow or another I just didn't like this one as much. I think he stooped too low.

"Bagmen" are just what you think from the word: the guys (and gals) who tote around satchels full of money to "rent" various political figures. They're political "influencers" who work on behalf of powerful interests desiring certain outcomes from the government and who don't mind spending their filthy lucre to buy those results.

In this book, Victor finds himself becoming one of those bagmen, and therein lies the problem for me.

Victor allows himself - even wholeheartedly welcomes it - to become one of the bagmen, and goes from being the knight in tarnished armor to the skulking figure slinking through the shadows, a major comedown from his reluctant nobility in previous books. I found this to be a big disappointment, as well as being out of character. He's allowed himself to become something he's always despised... up to now.

Further, the major plot element of the book - the reason a certain congressman is open to bribery and manipulation - is also sleazy beyond description (plus, that description would be a spoiler. Uh-uh..).

It hit pretty high on the gross-meter.

Anyway, hopefully Victor will return to his loveably loserish ways in the next book. I can only give this one 3 stars.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Clarified Corruption : Power and Money 25. Juni 2014
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Bagmen is a lot of fun, and while I found a few missteps, there weren't many. The story centers around Victor Carl who happened into the job of a "bagman" -- the guy (or gal) who is so named for delivering bags of cash to different individuals in a position to influence the outcome of an election, drop a criminal charge or get the water treatment plant built in a certain district. This can be anyone from a union boss to a priest. Victor has come up in the world from a mere lawyer (forever with an ear open to the sound an ambulance carting off a potential client) to the loftier and more rarified air of a guy who collects from the rich and gives to the corrupt. The rich have their will implemented and the corrupt get paid.

One of the enigmas of the story lies in the love/hate relationship that Victor has with his position. He can clearly see it is no less sordid than what he had been doing as an attorney, but he runs into the rich crowd whom he simultaneously detests and wants to be a part of. He beds (or gets bedded by) women for whom power is a drug, and sex is a strange concoction of control and pleasure to a point some would consider perversion. (Not Victor, though.)

The most interesting characters are not the corruptors or the corrupted but the bagmen who have their own set of rules and ways of being. One, named 'Stony' is a second generation bagman and more or less takes Victor under his wing. Early on, Victor gets into big trouble as a suspect in a homicide, and the bagmen's camaraderie quickly turns sour and Victor is on the outside looking in. However, he is quickly accepted back into the bagmen fraternity—one of those missteps I mentioned--and the story continues. Stony comes across as sort of a Yogi Berra kind of philosopher and avuncular figure to Victor, but as the reader finds out, Stony has his rules as a bagman, and the first one is to look out for Number One (himself.) So it's important to understand Stony's rules and to realize that he's not kidding.

The dilemma for Victor is where to draw the line—believe it or not a moral line (and we're talking about a lawyer?). Some nice people have been murdered, and Victor has a strong moral sense about their being killed (and possibly ending up the same way himself. ) As the story unwinds morals keep getting in Victor's way and he even wonders if he's on the right side, even though all sides in the political battle do little more than voice hollow platitudes. (How can you be on the wrong side of a platitude?)

William Lashner's humor is wry and unrepeated--it sparks like a firefly and you either get it in a blink or miss it. Victor Carl is stuck with being a hypocrite or lashing out against the hypocrisy that has become his bread and butter. His cynicism is not too deep because his expectations of the human race were never too high to begin with. Nevertheless, he is nagged by the possibility that some decency wouldn't hurt all that much and too much evil spoils life for everyone. So, in a glib sense of right and wrong, he still lances windmills and Lashner's tale of Victor Carl is one of great fun and mystery.
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