Friday, March 7, 2008

Our First Review of BIG MONEY

Connie Anderson of Armchair Interviews is the first to review our second adventure, BIG MONEY. We don't have any books yet, and no one can buy it, but hey, why quibble. Here's what Connie thought:

BIG MONEY by Jack Getze
Reviewed by Connie Anderson

For the main character in this book, we need a new genre: Bumbling Idiot. Boy, do bumbling idiots make for good storytelling.

I met stockbroker Austin Carr in Getze’s first book, Big Numbers. Carr is perpetually a down-on-his-luck divorced dad of two. Somehow he is always in the midst of getting the stuffing beat out of him.

Author Getze can really “turn a phrase,” and I found myself writing down almost 20 of those great one liners. In talking about a beautiful woman he lusted after, Carr said, “She might be too drunk… even stockbrokers have some pride.

Austin Carr is managing a New Jersey stockbroker firm in the absence of the vacationing owner, Mr. Vick. And on top of that, Vick wants him to keep an eye on both his daughter, who is divorcing the former manager of this firm–and his mother, Mama Bones. (That name should tell you she isn’t your typical mom!)

The firm is being investigated for some highly illegal “co-mingling of funds.” Carr is caught between so many different people who want something (he isn’t always sure what) and will hurt anyone who gets in their way–including his kids. The mob is all over this story–actually two different “families” are trying to hurt Carr. But why, and who can he trust?

Tough guys with guns and no consciences, and tough women with great bodies and “unique pasts,” jump in and out of the story. The good guys/gals aren’t always who they say they are, and this makes for some great guessing.

This is another of those books where I negotiate with myself for just 15 minutes more to read the next chapter. I just had to know… .

Getze is a writer to watch. Stories in New Jersey are rare. Stories with stockbrokers (at least fiction) are rare. His bumbling idiot hero Austin Carr always ends up on top of the heap, but he drags you along on his many trials and tribulations to get there.

Armchair Interviews says: Grab this book and get into your comfy armchair a good read.

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