Mine All Mine

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A dazzling and funny romantic comedy from Adam Davies, the author of The Frog King and Goodbye Lemon.

Otto Starks is a "pulse"—a highly specialized security guard who has hyperdeveloped senses and a nervous habit of popping tabs of cyanide. Otto was once a rising star but then he was rolled three times by the notorious Rat Burglar. Now, demoted and dangerously in debt to a loan shark, all he has left is Charlie Izzo, the woman he loves. Unfortunately, she is ...

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A dazzling and funny romantic comedy from Adam Davies, the author of The Frog King and Goodbye Lemon.

Otto Starks is a "pulse"—a highly specialized security guard who has hyperdeveloped senses and a nervous habit of popping tabs of cyanide. Otto was once a rising star but then he was rolled three times by the notorious Rat Burglar. Now, demoted and dangerously in debt to a loan shark, all he has left is Charlie Izzo, the woman he loves. Unfortunately, she is also the Rat Burglar's zealous advocate. That's bad enough. But then Otto gets robbed yet again and the cops pronounce him the prime suspect. When Charlie disappears and Otto becomes a fugitive, he realizes that the Rat Burglar has stolen much more from him than art. And to get it back he must break the law he has devoted his life to upholding. Mine All Mine is a nail-biting thriller about deception, betrayal, and ownership—in art and in love.

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Editorial Reviews

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"If Raymond Chandler had a deranged sense of humor, if Nick Hornby dabbled in thrillers, if Philip K. Dick were not dead—they might have collaborated on a book as strange and strangely wonderful as Mine All Mine. A rollicking, rocking good read."—David Benioff, author of The 25th Hour and City of Thieves

"Biting and bitter, but also charming. A svelte page-turner...laugh-out-loud funny."—Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly

The third novel from Davies (Goodbye Lemon; The Frog King) is a hilarious caper narrated by down-on-his-luck good guy Otto Starks. Having worked his entire life to become a top-notch "pulse" (highly specialized security guard), Otto falls from grace when several of the works of art under his watch are stolen by the Rat Burglar. Otto, who pops toxic pills in an effort to build immunity to paralyzing and lethal substances, starts to look like an accomplice when he repeatedly fails to apprehend the thief. Also grinding at Otto is his torment at keeping his job a secret from Charlie Izzo, the woman he loves but is too afraid to propose to. Charlie is as smart as she is beautiful, but to Otto's dismay, she praises the Rat Burglar, whose m.o. is to steal back plundered masterpieces and return them to their original owners. After the Rat Burglar steals a secret map to a massive plundered treasure, Otto's compartmentalized worlds collide. Otto's narration is biting and bitter, but also charming. Parts are laugh-out-loud funny, and there's enough suspense to keep readers riveted throughout this svelte page-turner. (Aug.)

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A high-strung sentry meets his match in this witty comedy about love, possession and the uncertainty of security. Barring the overly elaborate but forgivable confluence of double-crosses at its gasping finale, Davies's latest comic novel (Goodbye Lemon, 2006, etc.) succeeds admirably. Our loquacious narrator is Otto Starks, a highly specialized security agent known as a "pulse"-a human sentinel with otherworldly powers of perception honed by years of training and a plethora of pharmacological abuse incurred in the interests of toxin immunity. "To say that we are elite security guards doesn't quite cover it," Otto explains. "We are the reason why the Crown Jewels still belong to Great Britain and why warheads haven't shown up in Iran." Blessed with the love of struggling art-history professor Charlie Izzo, who thinks he's a talent scout for the Mets, Starks is circling around a few more high-paying gigs before he plans to slip away with Charlie in tow on an expensive sloop. Putting a monkey wrench in his plans is a preternaturally gifted art thief dubbed the "Rat Burglar," who revels not only in outmaneuvering the hypersensitive guard, but in leaving him alive each time to suffer the ridicule of his equally quirky comrades. Davies brilliantly imagines the elaborate details of guarding treasures that Otto thinks of merely as "MacGuffins," from the bantering shorthand of his fraternity of muscle-bound custodians to the action-packed brawls between Starks and opponents armed with dart guns. As the plot intensifies toward a showdown among Otto, his elusive nemesis and a vicious underworld puppeteer named Azar over a stolen cache of misappropriated Iraqi art, Davies's latest starts to resemblea comic book more than a crime novel. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Frenetic and clever: does for lonesome security guards what John Welter's Night of the Avenging Blowfish (1994) did for the U.S. Secret Service.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594483141
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,014,797
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Davies is also the author of Goodbye Lemon and The Frog King. He lives in Savannah, Georgia, where is a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2010


    I read this book in one day...could NOT put it down. A must have!!!

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  • Posted August 6, 2009

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    Good, fun read!

    Good, not great comedy / action / love story novel!

    "Mine All Mine" starts out as a smart comedy, then turns into a full blown action novel throughout the second half of the book.

    This book is not a mystery, look at the front cover, read about 10 pages into the book and you will already know who the "Rat Burglar" is. If your looking for a classic, hard to figure out "who done it", this definitely isn't it! But I get the feeling Adam Davies did that purposely, the point is to enjoy the story itself.

    Alot of great characters, with great names: The Rat Burglar, Jimmy the Hat, Kong, Azar, Po-Mo, Frankie Nichols & Jagjeet Singh

    The main character Otto Starks is great! Alot of very current references and themes. There are many laughs in this book and I never really came across any part of the book that I thought was boring.

    Other reviews mention Adam Davies tendency to use alot of words no one has ever heard of, that is true. You could keep a dictionary handy if you like looking up words you dont know, but there are so, so many in this book, you may never finish the novel. Ex. - alacrity, maenadic, stentorian, indurate, ataraxia

    Good smart & funny book, a great change of pace book, if you read alot of one genre books!

    "Mine All Mine" would make a great movie~

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

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    Where did my Frog King go?

    Oh, Adam... Your work has been progressively getting less interesting and more...experimental. I guess i'm just spoiled. The Frog King was such a brilliant piece of work. It was comical and tender, and instantly became one of my favorite books ever. Then I read your Goodbye Lemon and, while I enjoyed your writing, I was disappointed that it didn't capture the magic that was The Frog King. Now with Mine All Mine, I have to ask, what the heck happened?

    Mine All Mine was a bit too reminiscient of "My Little Blue Dress" for me with "talking" to the reader and adding footnotes that detracted from the story. Couple these with a touch of Minority Report sci-fi and The Thomas Crown Affair art theft storyline, and you've lost me. I guess my expectations were too high. Mine All Mine would probably be good for your first-time readers and fans of science fiction, but not for those of us who have read your other pieces of work.

    Adam, I really hope you return to your roots with your 4th book, whatever it may be. If not, I'll wish you the best of luck and find my reading pleasures elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    I had to have it. I covet it. I don't reget it either

    The third novel by Adam Davies is my favorite. It's his first adventure story and it's quite well crafted. While the Frog King delt primarily with being unlucky in love and Goodbye Lemon delt with a family struggling to deal with affects of illness, Mine All Mine is a page turning caper about art theft. At first I thought the book was going to be alot like Mission Impossible but it's so much cooler and more in depth about what it takes to be a pulse who protects the world's most treasured pieces of art. Otto Starks is at the top of his game untill the 'Rat Burglar' starts toying with his career and puts his life in jeopardy. Otto has run out of money, a job and lost the woman that he loves. He has to fight back and he does. I read this book in one day. I was all consumed with knowing if Otto Starks ever gets his life back from the Rat Burgular. The writing is wildly amusing, fast paced and clearly worth $11.20 and the expensive shipping. I promise that you won't be bored but clear your schedule. I just hope that we won't have to wait years for the fourth book.

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    Posted November 9, 2010

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