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Publisher's Summary

A shrewd, darkly-funny, wildly unpredictable crime novel that marks the dazzling debut of Jack Bunker, a bold new voice in crime fiction.
A bankrupt lawyer and a greedy insurance adjuster concoct a personal injury scam involving a runaway grocery cart and recruit a half-wit golf course greenskeeper as their fall guy. But the plan goes horribly wrong, and as it spirals into a murderous fiasco, the grifters must deal with betrayals, shakedowns, bombs, and mobsters to avoid prison...or worse, an early grave in a Southern California landfill.
©2015 Jack Bunker (P)2017 Brash Books LLC
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Critic Reviews

"A fast and funny chronicle of a seemingly simple scheme to scam an insurance company...its participants would be at home in any of Donald Westlake's Dortmunder novels. Harry Dyson, who presents the novel at an effectively breezy pace, slows down only near the end when payment for the crimes comes due with results that are as satisfactory as they are surprisingly moral." (Mystery Scene Magazine)
"Jack Bunker's debut crime novel is the study of a surefire insurance scam that goes horribly and hilariously wrong. Reader Dyson reports on the action with a rich, almost comforting voice flexible enough to underline Edwards’s sarcastic, mean-spirited criticisms of his team while simultaneously exposing him for the arrogant bully he is. Dyson keeps it light and smart for much of the book, but has no problem turning tough when the game is almost done and blood is spilled." (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)
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By Jan on 04-27-17

Entertaining Listen!!!

This story was so far fetched I was laughing out loud! The saying "Pigs get fat, Hogs get slaughtered" kept coming to mind. Some of the characters in this book seemed so far out there and crooked, while others were likable. I enjoyed all of the unexpected twists this book had. The ending was so good. The narrator did a fantastic job with the various characters. The author was new to me, while I have listened to other performances by the narrator. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher.

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By ssimon2000 on 05-03-17

Entertaining Tale

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review through Audiobook Boom!

This was a very entertaining story of bad plans turned worse and people unable to see the error of their ways. Of course, it's dark humor, with elements of noir and double-cross, and it's actually pretty well done.

I've had my eye on the publisher, Brash Books, and this is the second book I've had the opportunity to read or listen to (Koreatown was the first, which was also very good). I'm definitely going to find more from this imprint!

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