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Plaster City (A Jimmy Veeder Fiasco) [Kindle Edition]

Johnny Shaw

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Jimmy Veeder and Bobby Maves are back at it, two years after the events of Dove Season—they’re not exactly the luckiest guys in the Imperial Valley, but, hey, they win more fights than they lose.

Settled on his own farmland and living like a true family man after years of irresponsible fun, Jimmy’s got a straight life cut out for him. But he’s knocking years off that life thanks to fun-yet-dangerous Bobby’s booze-addled antics—especially now that Bobby is single, volatile, profane as ever, and bored as hell.

When Bobby’s teenage daughter goes missing, he and Jimmy take off on a misadventure that starts out as merely unfortunate and escalates to downright calamitous. Bobby won’t hesitate to kick a hornets’ nest to get the girl to safety, but when the rescue mission goes riotously sideways, the duo’s grit—and loyalty to each other—is put to the test.

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Johnny Shaw is the author of the novels Dove Season: A Jimmy Veeder Fiasco and Big Maria. He is also the editor of the online fiction quarterly Blood & Tacos.

Johnny received his MFA in screenwriting from UCLA and over the course of his writing career has seen his screenplays optioned, sold, and produced. For the last dozen years, Johnny has taught screenwriting. He has lectured at both Santa Barbara City College and UC Santa Barbara.

Johnny lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, artist Roxanne Patruznick.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 353 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1477817581
  • Verlag: Thomas & Mercer (1. Mai 2014)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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Johnny Shaw wurde im Imperial Valley an der Grenze zwischen Calexico und Mexicali geboren, wo er auch aufwuchs. An der University of California in Los Angeles erwarb er einen Master of Fine Arts im Drehbuchschreiben. Neben seiner Arbeit als Drehbuch- und Bühnenautor betreibt er ein Antiquariat und unterrichtet literarisches Schreiben. Er lebt in Portland (Oregon). Dove Season ist sein erster Roman.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Before I turned a second page, I'd already laughed out loud--twice 8. Dezember 2013
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Updated April 4, 2014: It's on sale on Kindle! Wondered why all the activity on my review...I don't think you can go wrong for the price. And if you like it, pick up his "Big Maria" from the year before: It's even funnier....back to the original review:

I just love a good adventure. And if it makes me laugh, I love it even more. This book, well, you may not actually roll off the couch laughing, but if you are in the right frame of mind, you can belly-laugh yourself into tearing eyes, coughing fits and gulping for air. At least, that's what Johnny Shaw's books do for me. If you don't mind crude and crass--in an amusing, dog-lick-slobbering-in-your-face kind of way, and if you like to laugh out loud every few pages of a decent adventure story, then you really need to pick up one of Shaw's books. This one is a good place to start. And I bet money, after you finish "Plaster City", you'll be ordering his previous two books.

Shaw's sense of humor is down-to-earth at the same time it is way, way out there. It is definitely not "dark" humor. (Closer to Stefanie Plum's humor, actually, but in a manly way, if that makes any sense. Sorry, I'm groping for words and descriptions, and this is the best I can do at the moment. But if Stefanie's hunk of a cop boyfriend put this story into words, I think it would turn out something like this.) I don't know how Shaw does it: It's outlandish, it's real, it's identifiable--and it's not slap-stick. Plus he throws in some intriguing slang terms every once in a while that are interesting enough to make you stop reading and do a search for a definition.

He's defined his characters well enough so they appear very flamboyant, very human, very vulnerable and very funny. I've kept up with reviews on Shaw's books and have run into the term "dark humor" several times. I'm not quite sure what that term actually means, and everyone is welcome to their own opinions and interpretations, but I just can't equate "dark humor" with laughing out loud and laughing yourself silly--no matter the "sense" of humor. So I just can't buy the "dark humor" tag. I don't think Shaw intentionally builds anything "dark" into his books. Life is life and crap happens.

I'm not one to turn a review into a book report. But I will say that the story line is worthwhile; it held my interest and kept me turning pages. Shaw's writing is smooth, and the scenes and conversations flow effortlessly, without gaps or lurches. The story was believable, too, if you take into consideration that the setting is small-town/border-town, out in the great expanse of the desert, where, more often than not, shenanigans and illegal activities live side-by-side with honest, law-abiding, God-fearing citizens.

There are just enough crazy, wacko, mindless and audacious escapades--concocted by minds working through a haze of alcohol, futile and giddy resignation and defiance--to counteract the seriousness of a runaway daughter, who turns out to be involved in some very nasty goings-on.

I highly recommend this novel: It is not just a man's read, it reads quite well for females, too. You just can't be too prudish if you want to enjoy it to its fullest. In fact, this is one of those books that a reader wants to share immediately. I can't count the times that I stopped my husband in whatever he was doing and read a passage, or whole pages, to him.

It may be just my sense of humor, but I've been looking forward to--waiting for--this book's release since I turned the final page of Shaw's last book "Big Maria". But, hey, let me say again: If you don't like crude and crass, even in the joking, funny way that this author uses it, pass on this book, please: It would disappoint me to see this novel besmirched in a review by someone who just doesn't like cuss words...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen If profanity is a turn-off for you, skip this one. 2. Februar 2014
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This is definitely a laugh provoker, but yes, the language gets rough. And humor aside, there is seriousness here. Jimmy Veeder's buddy, Bobby, is searching for his missing teen age daughter and Jimmy tags along. A big trouble is that the family relationship is dysfunctional and unfit parents need to be prepared to get what they deserve.

Those who absolutely need to read a book like this are parents who don't take their responsibility seriously so that they can see what kind of seeds they're sowing. Otherwise, this is a good book for readers who enjoy fast moving tongue in cheek thrillers and who aren't easily offended by language.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Jimmy Veeder is back! 11. Januar 2014
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Readers who got hooked on Johnny Shaw's work with "Dove Season", his first Jimmy Veeder fiasco, and jumped on "Dove Mountain", his second novel (but not a Jimmy Veeder book) will be happy to hear that Johnny Shaw is returning to the SoCal desert and the world of Jimmy Veeder with his latest book, "Plaster City".

Shaw's latest finds Jimmy balancing the conflicting worlds of duty to family and loyalty to friends when his loose-cannon buddy Bobby Maves asks him to help track down his missing 16-year-old daughter, Julie. Nothing is ever simple or straight-forward in Shaw's fictional worldscape, though - Bobby's is estranged from his daughter and her mother, and although he has only seen the girl (whom he fathered as a teen) a few random times over the years, he jumps into the search for her with typical reckless abandon. Jimmy goes along, doing what he can to curb the mayhem that ensues when Bobby goes on a tear. With plenty of reasons to leave Bobby to work out his own problems and return to his farm and his own family, Jimmy does what he can to make the best of a bad situation without letting either side down.

The search for Julie involves a feckless "daddy-died-and-made-me-rich" millionaire with time and too much money on his hands, a Chicano biker gang, Bobby's own estranged father, too much beer and too many cigarettes -- and most worrisome of all -- a run-in with Jimmy's childhood friend (and ruthless Mexican crime lord), Tomás (Tommy) Morales.

Typical of Shaw's work, the characters in "Plaster City" are well-drawn, the dialog is snappy, and the story well-plotted. Shaw's observations of the Imperial Valley desert and its people, both of which he knows very well, lend the story an underpinning of authenticity that can't be faked, and if he doesn't draw a laugh out of you within the first few pages, you're reading the wrong book.

The beauty of Shaw's work is that he can make you laugh, ponder, and even cry ( a little...) within a few pages. It's a rare skill, and it's why I will keep an eye out for his latest works as they come along.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Really good read. 26. April 2014
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When I first started this book I didn't know if I would like it. Turns out I liked it a lot. It's mostly about guys who grew up pretty rough and stayed that way. But now they are finding they have adult responsibilities and they need to calm down. Funny thing is that they don't calm down at all in this book. Our 'hero' title character manages to get beat up repeatedly by his friends and the enemies he runs into. And the writing style makes a lot of it funny. If you've had to do some fighting in your younger years just to keep the bullies off of you then you can relate to a lot of the things that happen here. There is quite a bit of gun play but almost no one really gets shot. Lot's of people get beat up though. Good book worth the read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I'm a Johnny Shaw Fan 4. April 2014
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Shaw's writing scratches an itch in my brain that isn't accomplished by most other writers. His humor is slick, but never "too cute by half". And just when you are getting into the flow of the indigenous dialogue, Shaw uses a word like "stolid", proving that he doesn't have to write in Rednexican Perfect, he chooses to do so.

I could add how well his characters are developed. Or how the scenes create technicolor visuals as I read. Or how well the plot is developed. But, don't you expect all that with a 5-star rating?

If you haven't read Dove Season, go buy it. It might help to read it before Plaster City, but it certainly isn't mandatory. Both novels stand on their own.

As I said in the title, I'm a fan. Buy this book.
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