Big O

Big O

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Karen's easy life as a receptionist and armed robber is about to take a turn for the worse. Rossi, her ex, is getting out of prison any day now. He'll be looking for his motorcycle, his gun, the sixty grand he says is his, and revenge. But he won't be expecting Ray, the new guy Karen's just met, to be in his way. No stranger to the underworld himself, Ray wants out of the kidnapping game now that some dangerous new bosses are moving in. Meanwhile Frank, a disgraced plastic surgeon, hires Ray to kidnap his ex-wife for the insurance money. But the ex-wife also happens to be Karen's best friend. Can Karen and Ray trust each other enough to work together on one last job? Or will love, as always, ruin everything? From a writer hailed as "Elmore Leonard with a hard Irish edge" ("Irish Mail on Sunday"), Declan Burke's "The Big O "is crime fiction at its darkest and funniest.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 279 pages
  • 158 x 232 x 26mm | 521.63g
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • Us.
  • 0151014086
  • 9780151014088
  • 1,740,429

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR "THE BIG O" "One of the sharpest, wittiest, and most unusual Irish crime novels of recent years . . . Declan Burke is ideally poised to make the transition to a larger international stage."--John Connolly, bestselling author of "The Unquiet " "Part hard-boiled caper, part thriller, part classic noir, and flat out fun. From first page to last, "The Big O" grabs hold and won't let go."--Reed Farrel Coleman, author of "Soul Patch"
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Karen's easy life as a receptionist and armed robber is about to take a turn for the worse. Rossi, her ex, is up for parole. He'll be looking for his Ducati, his .44, the sixty grand he says is his, and revenge. But he won't be expecting Ray, the new guy Karen's just met, to be in his way. No stranger to the underworld himself, Ray wants out of the kidnapping game now that some dangerous new bosses are moving in. Meanwhile Frank, a disgraced plastic surgeon, hires Ray to kidnap his ex-wife for the insurance money. But the ex-wife also happens to be Karen's best friend. Can Karen and Ray trust each other enough to work together on one last job? Or will love, as always, ruin everything? From a writer hailed as "Elmore Leonard with a hard Irish edge" ("Irish Mail on Sunday"), Declan Burke's "The Big O "is crime fiction at its darkest and funniest.
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PRAISE FOR "THE BIG O" "Declan Burke's "The Big O" is one of the sharpest, wittiest, and most unusual, Irish crime novels of recent years."--John Connolly, author of "The Unquiet """ "A plot that takes off at a blistering pace and never lets up. The writing is a joy, so seamless you nearly miss the sheer artistry of the style and the terrific, wry humor."--Ken Bruen, author of "The Guards """ "Declan Burke's "The Big O" has everything you want in a crime novel: machine-gun dialogue, unforgettable characters, and a wicked plot. Think George V. Higgins in Ireland on speed."--Jason Starr, author of "The Follower """ "No such thing as coincidence! Don't tell that to the glorious band of cast-offs and misfits that populate the pages of Declan Burke's uncanny "The Big O." With a deft touch, Burke pulls together a cross-genre plot that's part hard-boiled caper, part thriller, part classic noir, and flat out fun. From first page to last, "The Big O" grabs hold and won't let go."--Reed Farrel Coleman, author of "The James Deans." "It's hard to praise "The Big O" highly enough. Excellent writing, great characters, superb storytelling--all played out at a ferocious tempo. By turns it's dark, funny, moving, brutal, tender and twisted. A book that makes one hell of an impact. More Declan Burke please."--Allan Guthrie, author of "Savage Night"
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133 ratings
3.57 out of 5 stars
5 18% (24)
4 38% (51)
3 28% (37)
2 14% (19)
1 2% (2)
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