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The Wowzer [Kindle Edition]

Frank Wheeler Jr.
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In the Arkansas Ozarks, old-timers spin tales of the Wowzer, a giant panther-like creature that decapitates those who wander too far into the woods. County sheriff’s deputy Jerry was raised on Wowzer stories, but they aren’t enough to stop him from carrying out his own business in the remote hills. Jerry’s more than a sheriff’s deputy; he moonlights as muscle for local drug traffickers, who sometimes need people to get hurt—or get dead. Fortunately, Jerry’s pretty good at his job. And since Tom Haskell runs the sheriff’s office and the drug-protection racket, Jerry doesn’t see much of a moral dilemma. That is, until he starts thinking about getting out of the trade, and then things get complicated fast. For starters, Jerry’s girl Maggie flees the state after learning about a disturbing diagnosis tucked inside Jerry’s psych report. And now Sheriff Haskell is dragging his feet paying Jerry his cut of the drug money. Is Haskell just reluctant to lose his top muscle? Or is he plotting to take out the man who knows his dirtiest secrets? Fans of hardboiled, “country noir” fiction will love gnashing on Frank Wheeler’s violent and darkly comic debut, sneaking a glimpse into the mind of a killer whose inner monster is about to be unleashed.

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Frank Wheeler Jr. was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of a preacher. Just thirty-three years old, he has lived in Minnesota, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Maryland, and Nebraska, where he earned his B.A. and M.A. in English studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He and his wife, Marie, do their best to stay in one place these days, living in Nebraska where Frank teaches at a community college in Lincoln. Inspired by the stories his Arkansas uncles used to tell, The Wowzer is Frank Wheeler’s first novel.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 701 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 311 Seiten
  • Verlag: Thomas & Mercer (1. Mai 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005J61F68
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ungewöhnlich - ungewöhnlich spannend 28. August 2012
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Schulenglich reicht nicht zum Lesen aus. Sehr eigenwillige Sprache und typisches Milieu der US-Südstaaten. Ich konnte das Buch nicht aus der Hand legen, bis ich mit dem Lesen durch war. Sehr empfehlenswert für Leser, die Amerika kennen oder kennen lernen wollen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Wowzer 11. Dezember 2013
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Der "Wowzer" ist ein mythisches, pantherähnliches und offenbar sehr böses Tier der amerikanischen Südstaaten. In dem Roman geht es um einen Psychopathen, der in einer ländlichen Gegend bei der Polizei arbeitet und in der Ich-Form erzählt. Die Figut hat mich zunächst abgestoßen, dann aber auch fasziniert. Ob ich das Buch gut finde? Weiß ich nicht - die Geschichte ist jedenfalls spannend und hat immer wieder unerwartete Wendungen.
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Die hilfreichsten Kundenrezensionen auf (beta) 3.9 von 5 Sternen  61 Rezensionen
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2.0 von 5 Sternen I was not wowed 11. Juni 2012
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This book deals with the violent antics of Jerry, a corrupt sheriff's deputy who works for an equally corrupt sheriff. In addition to his law enforcement duties, the sheriff is also a major drug trafficker. Recognizing Jerry's sociopathic tendencies, the sheriff uses him as an enforcer with the promise of a cushy retirement fund secreted in a Swiss Bank Account. While romanicng Maggie, a beautiful doctor he rescued from a fiery car crash, Jerry begins to suspect that his boss intends to terminate him permanently instead of providing him with the retirement fund. and in the background is the myth of a monstrous creature called the Wowzer who is reputed to decapitate people who wander the Arkansas woods.

I did not like this book. Jerry narrates in an annoying hillbilly vernacular which gets more trying with each page. While his relationship with Maggie held some promise, ultimately it was hard to fathom. Damaged and secretive herself, it is hard to believe that she would be so shocked by Jerry's psych file. The only bright spot in this violent and tiresome novel is Schnitzel, Jerry's dachshund. The other characters are dispensable and unmemorable. The backwoods monster piece wasjust not compelling.

If you are a glutton for punishment, by all means read this book. Between the bizzare vernaculur, unrelenting violence and amorality, it effectively reinforces every negative Southern stereotype there is.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Surprisingly effective -- pulls the reader despite plenty of so-so features 10. Mai 2012
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This is a surprising book. It is narrated in Southern hillbilly, syntax-free, semi-neanderthal brute-speak by a pyschotic deputy sheriff. This guardian of law and order is deeply involved in the Arkansa drug business as an enforcer and kills casually and often between calculated beatings and maimings. He is haunted by violence in his past, indifferent to the violence in his present and fatalistic about that which will always mark his future. The mysterious legendary Wozwer is the fantasy monster roaming the Ozarks that symbolizes all Jerry's gruesome dysfunction.

It is all bizarre and the first-person verbal lurches are initially offputting. Somehow it works. It pulls the reader in to the mind of this brute and exploits his knowing what is going on and what he intends to do to keep the reader involved and make a true mystery of a relatively simple story of mayhem in the boonies. The author uses secondary characters effectively, especially the sympathetic but not exactly stable doctor girlfriend and Jerry's police chief boss who manages the drug franchise and controls Jerry's money. It's all grisly, vicious, venal and psychotic.

The main limitations are lack of variety in phrasing and pace. Since everything is articulated by good old Jerry, there is little room for shifting style, adding observations or providing a contrasting texture and mood within the narrative. In addition, the plot is kept obscure to add mystery but is stretched out a lot. The Wowzer theme is contrived and not really needed.

But, this is something different and vibrant. I think it is well worth your consideration if you enjoy any of the noir traditions -- film noir, crime noir, and other over the top weird and offbeat genres.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen okay 30. Juni 2012
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The characters are interesting, if not always likable. The writing is okay, except some of the lingo seems a bit far-fetched to me. The story moves along quickly. However, there just wasn't any spark that made me like the book all that well. It isn't a "bad" book, just not one that stood out in any way to me. So I give it a middle of the road rating of 3 stars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Wowzer got me, too! 10. April 2012
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First, here's the bad news for science fiction fans who think THE WOWZER will chronicle an exciting confrontation with a terrifying version of Arkansas's answer to Big Foot: The "creature" of the title and book description is just a metaphor for the demon that lurks within the narrator of THE WOWZER, and probably somewhere within us all. So, here's the good news: You are still going to have your monster, and, an intriguing literary experience as well.

With his first novel, Frank Wheeler has delivered a page-turning adventure that is both thriller and psycho-profile, a modern book that recalls the work of Jim Thompson from the 1950s with first-person classics like The Killer Inside Me and A Hell of a Woman or a countrified version of American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.

Wheeler has accepted two daunting literary challenges and conquered them both. He elected to use his sociopathic main character as a narrator speaking in Arkansas country-boy colloquialisms to tell what could be a potentially hackneyed and well-worn story about a gangster fighting to retire from his gang. In this case, the gangster is a member of some hillbilly mafia who has masqueraded as a deputy sheriff and needs the help of his mentor to retrieve the passcode for the Swiss bank account that holds his 401K of drug trafficking gains. All he has to do is assist the mentor through one last war for control of the gang.

The result is an action-packed ride aboard the frontal lobe of a psycho who dispatches opponents without the slightest twinge of guilt, often in a grisly fashion that likely makes THE WOWZER unsuitable for some more squeamish readers. My fave: the beheading of one adversary with a shovel. Wheeler succeeds in allowing his narrator to describe these shocking scenes with a tone of detachment that actually complements the detailed action through the shocking contrast between narration and the events. What emerges is an entertaining novel you'll find hard to put down.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Action-packed, overboard hillbilly dialect 27. Juni 2012
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I won't go into the plot as the other reviews have covered that numerous times. Growing up in Arkansas, about an hour from where "Wowzer" takes place in and around Huntsville, Arkansas, I was really excited to get this book. I really wanted to love it.

From the very first page this book is action-packed. It's very edge-of-your-seat action. I liked that aspect of the book and the main character was strangely likable but, nuttier-than-a-fruitcake.

What I didn't like in this book was the overly melodramatic supposed "hillbilly" talk. Growing up in that area, I know there are a few backwoods characters, but, I've never known any that sounded more dumb than Jethro Bodean. Also, if you are conservative about violence and foul language, there's plenty in this story.

Overall, I didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would, though it's not in my usual genre. It is definitely action-packed from start to finish and if you can get past the overboard hillbilly dialect you might enjoy it.
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