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Boca Knights

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In a debut novel sure to both excite passions and elicit laughter, a different kind of hero emerges in that most unlikely criminal hotbed: Boca Raton.

Eddie Perlmutter is capable of fighting with fearless frenzy, but only does so to defend the defenseless. Eddie's career as a much-honored Boston cop has come to an end. At sixty, he's still energetic and

Overview

In a debut novel sure to both excite passions and elicit laughter, a different kind of hero emerges in that most unlikely criminal hotbed: Boca Raton.

Eddie Perlmutter is capable of fighting with fearless frenzy, but only does so to defend the defenseless. Eddie's career as a much-honored Boston cop has come to an end. At sixty, he's still energetic and virile, but decades of harsh New England winters and collaring the pug-uglies of Boston's underworld have taken their toll-especially on his knees. So what does a lonely, retired cop with arthritic knees do? Head to sunny Florida, of course.

Country-club politics and early-bird specials are a far cry from the street toughs, scuffles, and arrests of his former life. But some things never change. Instead of enjoying a relaxed, laid-back retirement, Eddie quickly discovers the darker side of Boca Raton's endless sun and palm trees, where hate crimes, counterfeiting, and worse lurk beneath the deceptively calm surface of cushy retirement communities.

With his no-nonsense crime-fighting skills and roll-with-the punches attitude, Eddie hits Boca Raton like of a Nor'easter from Hell, fast, fresh, and unstoppable. A compulsively readable comic thriller with an egalitarian message that will inspire readers of all ages, Boca Knights will have readers in stitches and keep them on the edge of their seats.

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“With a wink and nod, the top cop urges Eddie to take on the city's toughest criminals in near-vigilante fashion. What results is an entertaining mix of comedy and drama as Eddie squares off with an anti-Semitic hate group. Fortunately, Forman steers his geriatric hero clear of the buffoonery and sentimentality that often comes with the territory in this subgenre.” —Booklist

“Mystery fans who like their operatives macho with an offbeat sense of humor will certainly enjoy this book and look forward to the next in the series. ” —Library Journal

“Those with a cockeyed sense of humor will find much to like in this parody of a cop caper.” —Publishers Weekly

Boca Knights goes down faster than a frosty double mojito on a hot tropical night.” —Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Storm

“Steve Forman strafes the south Florida scene with Boca Knights, an outrageously funny mystery novel with a raft of offbeat characters and prose that moves trippingly off the pen. His main man, Eddie Perlmutter, is a character for the ages. Carl Hiaasen, watch your back.” —Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Blasphemy

“Steve Forman's fun, funky twist of the private eye novel is entertaining and takes dead aim on Boca Raton with devastating results.” —James O. Born, author of Burn Zone

Publishers Weekly

Forman's debut, an offbeat crime novel, introduces Eddie Perlmutter, a tough Jewish Boston cop, who has had conversations since age 11 with his penis ("Hey, check me out. I can stand, I heard one night in bed"). In his late 50s, retired from the Boston force and suffering from arthritis, Perlmutter begins a new life in Boca Raton, Fla., where he soon steps on the toes of the local Russian mafia, falls for a nurse who happens to resemble actress Halle Berry and looks into the murder of golfer Robert Goldenblatt. Found in his garage with a four-iron embedded in his forehead, Goldenblatt was apparently the victim of a dispute over "country-club politics." While the book's overall silliness and lack of credible characters, not to mention the absurd solution to Goldenblatt's demise, will put off some readers, those with a cockeyed sense of humor will find much to like in this parody of a cop caper. (Feb.)

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Library Journal

Eddie Perlmutter is a former police officer from Boston's Italian North Side, where he served with honors, boxed in the Golden Gloves, taught boxing to boys and young men, and retired in 2000 for health reasons. A move to Boca Raton, FL, leaves Eddie feeling alone and discontented until a chance encounter with a counterfeiting ring draws the attention of the local police captain and leads him to get a private investigator's license. Eddie's first case, involving a member of an extremist neo-Nazi organization, spirals out of control, involves the entire city, and earns him accolades and the nickname "Boca Knight." This debut novel by a 65-year-old businessman reads like a memoir, at least in the early chapters, as the author sets the scene for a series of Eddie Perlmutter novels to follow. Mystery fans who like their operatives macho with an offbeat sense of humor will certainly enjoy this book and look forward to the next in the series.
—Thomas L. Kilpatrick

Kirkus Reviews
A widowed Boston cop who retires to Boca Raton for the weather gets more than his share of post-professional assignments. In his time, Eddie Perlmutter has worn many hats. After being an amateur slugger, a decorated detective and a boxing trainer, he becomes security chief for a golf course, a ranger with authority to resolve disputes on the course and an amateur crimefighter-an episode that eventually wins him a job investigating the year-old death of Robert Goldenblatt, beaten to death over country-club politics, and resolving the conflict between newly arrived neo-Nazi Forrest Buford's family and the largely Jewish population of Boca Heights. There's only one suspect in Goldenblatt's murder: Dominick Amici, a retired entrepreneur who's dying of leukemia. And there's no mystery involved in the confrontation between Boca Heights's Jews and anti-Semites. So Eddie's needed more as a referee than as a detective-which would be fine if he didn't see red spots and act out violently from time to time. First-timer Forman supplies sexual interludes worthy of a geriatric James Bond, naughty humor courtesy of Mr. Johnson, Eddie's penis, who addresses him in a nonstop stream of (what else?) double entendres, and extended back stories about Eddie's family tree, the Aryan Army and 200 years of Haitian history. The tone is good-natured rather than comical, and the story doesn't have much more narrative drive than a photo album. Maybe the promised sequel will find Eddie ready to hit the ground running. Agent: Bob Diforio/D4EO Literary Agency

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765337702
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Steven M. Forman grew up in the Boston area. Boca Knights is his first novel. He divides his time between Massachusetts and Boca Raton, Florida.

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Boca Knights 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Read all his books now waiting for more,
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"Steve Forman strafes the south Florida scene with Boca Knights, an outrageously funny mystery novel with a raft of offbeat characters and prose that moves trippingly off the pen. His main man, Eddie Perlmutter, ex-Boston cop attempting semi-retirement in Boca Raton like a fish trying to retire out of the water, is a character for the ages. Carl Hiaasen, watch your back." - Douglas Preston New York Times bestselling author of Blasphemy "Boca Knights is something else. A retired hyperkinetic Jewish Boston cop with bad knees who loves women and sees red when faced with injustice! Wow. This guy Eddie Perlmutter is a charismatic hero in the most unlikely place, among the palms and babes of Boca Raton. A great read; terrific fun." - Robert K. Tanenbaum New York Times bestselling author of Capture and 20 other Butch Karp legal thrillers Like Elmore Leonard on speed... Steve Forman paints an imperishable portrait of a Boca Raton that's somehow hilarious and terrifying at the same time... BOCA KNIGHTS goes down faster than a frosty double mojito on a hot tropical night. - Lincoln Childs New York Times bestselling author of Deep Storm "Boca Knights is a can't-put-down read, full of laugh out loud humor, fast paced hijinks, and lore. Part Robert Parker, part Carl Hiaasen, Eddie Perlmutter is a high-testosterone, no-nonsense detective with a tender core, and makes turning sixty a carnal, tropical ride." - Andrew Gross bestselling author of The Blue Zone "Boca Knights is a lively, lighthearted novel about a retired cop who can still pack a punch. Who knew that such a winning detective story could emerge from the gated communities of Florida's Gold Coast?" - Mark Alpert author of Final Theory "The only trouble I had with Steve Forman's first novel, Boca Knights, is that I couldn't put it down, and now that I've read it I'll have to wait for his next South Florida mystery novel. Forman reminds me of Tim Dorsey, a pure pleasure to read. Two bodies per chapter dished up with a dozen assorted belly laughs, titters and guffaws." "Funny, engaging, even brilliant at times, Steve Forman's Boca Knights is simply a great read." - David Hagberg bestselling author of Dance with the Dragon "Steve Forman's fun, funky twist of the private eye novel is entertaining and takes dead aim on Boca Raton with devastating results." - James O. Born, author of Burn Zone "Steve Forman is a brutally funny writer. His no-nonsense, unadorned style begs comparison to Dashiell Hammett, but Hammett's humor at its darkest never hit home this hard. Reading of Eddie Perlmutter's exploits is like rolling in an aisle paved with broken glass and wanting to do it all over again two minutes later." - Loren D. Estleman author of FRAMES "An inspiring story and wonderful cast of characters--but the star of the book, I venture to say, is my beloved Boca Raton! I can't wait to present Boca Knights T-shirts to our own hometown heroes and visiting dignitaries after this entertaining book catches on, which it surely will. - Steven Abrams Mayor of Boca Raton Steve Forman's Boca Knights has it all, humor, mystery, unexpected twists, Damon Runyonesque characters. Terrific read. - Barry Kaye, Chairman Barry Kaye Associates
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FloridaKat More than 1 year ago
In a debut novel sure to both excite passions and elicit laughter, a different kind of hero emerges in that most unlikely criminal hot bed: Boca Raton. Like his grandfather, Eddie Perlmutter is capable of fighting with fearless frenzy, but only does so to defend the defenseless, fighting for the little guy. Eddie's career as a much-honored Boston cop has come to an end. At sixty, he's still energetic and virile, but decades of harsh New England winters and collaring the pug-uglies of Boston's underworld have taken their toll--especially on his knees. His wife, the love of his life, died twenty years ago, and he has no close ties to Boston. So what does a lonely, retired cop with arthritic knees do? Head to sunny Florida, of course. Country-club politics and early-bird specials are a far cry from the street toughs, scuffles, and arrests of his former life. Some things never change, though. Instead of enjoying a relaxed, laid-back retirement, Eddie quickly discovers the darker side of Boca Raton's endless sun and palm trees, where hate crimes, counterfeiting, and worse lurk beneath the deceptively calm surface of cushy retirement communities. With his no-nonsense crime-fighting skills and roll-with-the punches attitude, Eddie hits Boca Raton like of a Nor'easter from Hell, fast, fresh, and unstoppable. A compulsively readable comic thriller with an egalitarian message that will inspire readers of all ages, Boca Knights will have readers in stitches and keep them on the edge of their seats.
MissEileen More than 1 year ago
I agree with the review listed on the cover of the book. Eddie is a great character you want to be friends with.

I enjoyed the story and the characters, but the writing style at times was a bit too much with the history lessons. While I found them interesting, I was reading a mystery and didn't really care, at that moment, in the story learning about the political history of Haiti. I would have preferred to have kept it lighter. But that is only for a few pages and the rest of the story is very entertaining.

One of the characters is Mr. Johnson. I can't believe it, but I really came to appreciate the humor of the character. I looked forward to his comments on the story. He gave an interesting perspective.

I travel to Boca Raton often to visit my parents, who live in one of the gated communities mentioned in the story. The author really captured the authentic essence of living in the area. I could easily imagine each one of the scenarios in my parents neighborhood.

HUMAN RIGHTS!
BOCA KNIGHTS!
You go Eddie!

Enjoy the story.
Florida-Reader More than 1 year ago
Eddie Perlmutter is a former police officer from Boston's Italian North Side, where he served with honors, boxed in the Golden Gloves, taught boxing to boys and young men, and retired in 2000 for health reasons.At sixty, he¿s still energetic and virile, but decades of harsh New England winters have taken their toll--especially on his knees. His wife, the love of his life, died twenty years ago, and he has no close ties to Boston. So what does a lonely, retired cop with arthritic knees do? Head to sunny Florida, of course. Over the top with a zany offbeat humor, BOCA KNIGHTS is a delightful satirical crime caper that enhances the already capital of quirkiness, the South Florida private investigative world. The story line contains several suspenseful subplots that are fun to follow although at times can be humorously campy. What a great read, hope there is more to follow!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Eddie Perlmutter grew up in Boston's North Side as a Jew in a sea of Italian Catholics. He became a cop who cared. He used his experience in the Golden Gloves to teach youngsters to box. His confident since early puberty is his stand erect penis who always talks back. After years of honorable services late fifties Eddie retired due to arthritis. He leaves the cold New England climate for the heart of Boca Ration assuming that the warmth will be good for his sore bones.

However, Boca may be an elixir physically, but mentally he feels out of place. As his retirement ennui grows, he gets involved in local criminal matters so to avoid legal trouble he gets a private investigator license. Excited by the sudden change in venue, Eddie gets involved with the Russian Mafia, the homicide of a golf pro, neo-Nazis and a lovely nurse earning him the title "Boca Knight" at least for his encounters with the first three contacts.

Over the top with a zany offbeat humor, BOCA KNIGHTS is a delightful satirical crime caper that enhances the already capital of quirkiness, the South Florida private investigative world. The story line contains several suspenseful subplots that are fun to follow although at times can be humorously campy. With a strong cast of eccentric and dangerous individuals causing havoc, readers will enjoy this fast-paced tale; superbly held together by Eddie, who finds his niche stirring up seemingly anyone who resides along the I-95 corridor south of the Palms and north of Lauderdale after he failed miserably at retirement 101.

Harriet Klausner