- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Headline (19. Januar 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0755380215
- ISBN-13: 978-0755380213
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 2,2 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 22.372 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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'Artemis Fowl creator Eoin Colfer heads off into zanily comic adult noir territory with Plugged ... McEvoy finds himself sucked into a maelstrom of outlandish criminal shenanigans, a knockabout farce with Elmore Leonard-style wisecracking at every turn' Metro 'I loved the voice. I loved the dark streets. I love the story' Harlan Coben 'Eoin Colfer ... is hugely inventive and intelligent and an instinctive storyteller, who happens to write beautifully and elegantly as well' Michael Morpurgo 'Violent, surreal and eccentric, this offering couldn't be further from his Artemis Fowl series' Sun 'A non-stop, fever-pitched crime thriller ... Genius at work' Ridley Pearson 'Colfer is an engaging and inventive writer with a strong sense of the rhythm of a story ... always entertaining page by page' Guardian 'This is Sopranos territory - where terrible deeds are mixed with the painful banalities of life in a way that brings laughter among the tears and gnaws at your heart. It's a fine debut' Daily Mail 'DON'T PICK UP THIS BOOK if you want to get anything else done for the next day or two. It's too sharp, too funny, and it won't let you go' Don Winslow 'Colfer ... has transplanted his style seamlessly into the adult genre' The Times 'This might lead you to think you're in Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen or even Damon Runyon country, but you're not. Although there are echoes of all three writers in Plugged, Colfer's novel is dominated, driven and fully animated by a refreshingly original voice' Washington Post 'A laugh-out-loud adventure that is as close as the genre gets to a hug' The Sunday Times (Ireland) 'Scabrously funny, furiously paced and distinctively idiosyncratic, PLUGGED ... suggests Colfer's first adult crime novel will not be his last' Irish Times 'His rapid-fire surreal wit is packed with off kilter ideas ... it's a highly entertaining ride' Financial Times 'This is the author's first adult tale and the humour and gritty setting make it a good 'un' Sun 'Elmore Leonard-inspired world of semi-surreal pulp crime fiction' Daily Telegraph 'Pitch-perfect comic noir. Outrageous characters, uproariously funny plot twists, and brutal, nonstop action make this a sure-fire winner' Publishers Weekly 'Funny, acerbic, crazed, riveting, sardonic...everything you want in a summer read' New York Journal of Books
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Eoin Colfer was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1965. He qualified as a primary school teacher, and spent about four years working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. In 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published, and the series went on to sell 20 million copies around the world. Eoin was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing, including his two mystery novels PLUGGED and SCREWED. He now lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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That's not to say that Colfer doesn't take Plugged seriously, or that he approaches the crime genre in any way half-hearted or tongue-in-cheek. Well, maybe just a little, since the hardboiled title could also refer to the hair-transplant treatment that Daniel McEvoy, the Irish-born bouncer at Slotz nightclub and former soldier in the Peace Keeping forces in Lebanon, has been receiving from an old friend and doctor of dubious qualifications, Zeb. Zeb however has gone missing, seemingly mixed up with the worst of Cloisters' organised crime gangs, but before Dan can look for him, another incident at the nightclub involving one of the hostesses presents him with potentially a lot more trouble.
Colfer's venture into the crime genre doesn't sound like it offers anything new, not even the fact that Dan is a little bit deranged, suffering flashbacks to his time in Lebanon and hearing voices in his head - an imaginary Zeb constantly berating him for getting distracted from the case - but Colfer's angle is managing to make these problems witty and amusing. There is some amount of parody of the noir genre, but it's affectionate rather than poking fun at the genre, and not quite as broad in the humour as Bateman's Mystery Man novels, for example. When you're dealing with a crazy world however - and Dan comes across many entertainingly deranged characters - you have to laugh in order to survive.
You also have to laugh at yourself, particularly when you are Irish, are getting on in years and having something of a mid-life crisis, as Dan is here. That makes Dan an entertaining character to be with as he navigates the murky New Jersey underworld, and tries to keep on the right side of the not so perfect law enforcement services - to say nothing of the rather strange women who throw themselves at him. Nothing new then, but Plugged is a fast-paced and entertaining read that plays well within the crime genre while finding a new outlet for the author's trademark wit and humour.
I found Plugged reasonably entertaining but on the whole, I think it misses the mark. The plot is highly contrived, as our protagonist is quickly faced with a series of mysterious events, murders and other crimes that may or may not be related. The mysteries are resolved one by one in a manner that isn't especially satisfying. The entire plot, which is pretty ridiculous, is unrealistic in a way that doesn't quite work. The lack of realism doesn't work for gritty noir fiction and the humor doesn't push the boundaries far enough to be truly inspired, over-the-top, sardonic genre satire. The end result is a novel that is too silly to be suspenseful but doesn't have the insight and originality to be great satire. It's amusing at times and has plenty of action but has no urgency and the novel generates little suspense.
All in all, a bit of disappointment. 3 stars.
Eoin ("It's pronounced Owen!") Colfer is the New York Times bestselling author of 25 titles published in 44 languages---more than 20 million books sold. With Plugged, that number will increase exponentially.
Protagonist Daniel McEvoy is an Irish ex-pat and now a bouncer at seedy Slotz, a New Jersey casino. McEvoy's friend, Zeb Kronski, has medical aspirations but no degree. That doesn't stop him from injecting fake Botox or performing liposuction. It's where Zeb injects the unwanted fat that magnifies the sassy, irreverent tone of this novel. Always a step ahead of the law, Zeb now transplants hair plugs for McEvoy and others. Perhaps that's the titular plug?
Connie DeLyne is a hostess "in a dump like Slotz," and McEvoy comes to her aid too late, finding her dead with a dime-sized hole in her head. Detective Ronnie Deacon, "wearing anger on her face like latex," investigates the homicide. Since McEvoy has "an aura that looked like shark-infested water [and could] piss people off just by walking by," Deacon quickly focuses on him as the prime suspect.
Now, Zeb has gone missing, and McEvoy questions if indeed he killed them both, fixating on conversations he had with a military shrink, Simon Moriarty. Metaphors are mixed with a blender as McEvoy observes that "curiosity has always been the cat that skinned me." In that mix are thoughts popping into McEvoy's mind ("I'm carrying around my best friend in my head") that he later attributes to the voice of Ghost Zeb. "Ghost Zeb is turning out to be as much of a pain in the arse as his corporeal self."
Complicating matters is Irish Mike Madden, a "Mick who has never been to Ireland, [whose] prostitution, protection and a burgeoning crystal meth business" personify the Irish mafia. The closest he's come to the Emerald Isle is a St. Patrick's Day parade.
Wearing "a sunburn of anger," Irish Mike slams into Slotz, demanding to locate a mysterious disk from the day Connie was killed, when security cameras just happened to be wiped clean. "Well, it doesn't get much more down and dirty than Slotz," and the tables turn like a tornado.
Incredible imagination won't suffice to solve this spectacular who-what-and-whydunit. This five-star story in the vein of Robert Coover's NOIR has more twists than a box of rotini pasta. And it's one of my Top Ten for '11 review picks.
This review originally published by Bookreporter, by L. Dean Murphy.
Plugged: A Novel
I never tried to guess what could possibly come next, because what Eoin Colfer came up with outdid any piddly escapades I could have ever imagined. One reviewer called it predictable. Predictable? Really? Who could have predicted Bongo?!!
A lot of reviews for stories like this frequently use Elmore Leonard as a comparison. This isn't like Elmore Leonard, it's like Eoin Colfer, and I think he can stand alone in the praise of this story. I am a voracious reader, and absolutely lucked up when I came across this book totally unexpectedly.
I found it to be the best, most originally refreshing book I've read in a long, long time. I feel like I've found a new best friend, and can't wait to see what Colfer comes up with next. I'm telling everybody I know about this book, and now I'm recommending it to a gazillion people I don't know, too.
There are some great characters in this and even the hero was interesting which is not always the case in books like this. At first the hero, Dan does seem a bit of a cliché but he actually turns into a well rounded character.
The action scenes are well done and there were lots of amusing moments included a few times where I laughed out loud.
The main story line is not amazingly original but it does flow very nicely and works pretty well.
It really is a very quick and entertaining read.