Noogie's Time to Shine

( 2 )

Overview

ATM thief hits the road with 350 pounds of $20 bills.

Ned “Noogie” Krapczak grew up in rough circumstances in Jersey City, New Jersey. Movies were his only escape, and he dreamed of becoming a filmmaker. But by the time he hits 30, things haven’t worked out the way they were supposed to. Instead of making movies, Noogie has a job restocking ATM machines in delis and drug stores.

One day he sees a way out of it all, in the form of a slow-motion ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (22) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $1.99   
  • Used (16) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$1.99
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(789)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
*~*~ Brand New, Mint Condition. Never Previously Owned.*~*~ Ships Immediately *~*~ Hassle-Free Refunds If you Aren't Fully Satisfied ~*~*

Ships from: Deer Park, NY

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$5.30
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(961)

Condition: New
PAPERBACK New 0753512831 Friendly Return Policy. A+++ Customer Service!

Ships from: Philadelphia, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$5.30
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(440)

Condition: New
PAPERBACK New 0753512831! ! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! ! ENJOY OUR BEST PRICES! ! ! Ships Fast. All standard orders delivered within 5 to 12 business days.

Ships from: Southampton, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$5.30
Seller since 2011

Feedback rating:

(767)

Condition: New
PAPERBACK New 0753512831 SERVING OUR CUSTOMERS WITH BEST PRICES. FROM A COMPANY YOU TRUST, HUGE SELECTION. RELIABLE CUSTOMER SERVICE! ! HASSLE FREE RETURN POLICY, SATISFACTION ... GURANTEED**** Read more Show Less

Ships from: Philadelphia, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$5.30
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(294)

Condition: New
PAPERBACK New 0753512831 XCITING PRICES JUST FOR YOU. Ships within 24 hours. Best customer service. 100% money back return policy.

Ships from: Bensalem, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$5.30
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(722)

Condition: New
PAPERBACK New 0753512831! ! ! ! BEST PRICES WITH A SERVICE YOU CAN RELY! ! !

Ships from: Philadelphia, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

ATM thief hits the road with 350 pounds of $20 bills.

Ned “Noogie” Krapczak grew up in rough circumstances in Jersey City, New Jersey. Movies were his only escape, and he dreamed of becoming a filmmaker. But by the time he hits 30, things haven’t worked out the way they were supposed to. Instead of making movies, Noogie has a job restocking ATM machines in delis and drug stores.

One day he sees a way out of it all, in the form of a slow-motion heist, siphoning $20 bills a few at a time out of the machines he is supposed to be filling. When his scheme is finally uncovered, he hits the road with his Siamese cat, Dillinger, and 350 pounds of $20 bills totaling $5 million.

In that instant, he finds himself not watching movies, but living them. He’s pulled off a great caper and is on the lam cross-country, a life worthy of Edward G. Robinson or Steve McQueen.
Noogie works his way down the east coast on this great escape, disguising himself by using the names of characters in some of his favorite movies.

In telling the stories of Noogie’s final days, Knipfel’s novel captures the tragic end of a broken man who, however briefly and however unseemly, managed to live the American dream—he became a movie star.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Memoirist Knipfel (Slackjawand Ruining It for Everyone) here presents Ned "Noogie" Krapczak, a friendless, 35-year-old schlub who works as an ATM re-stocker and repairman, lives with his mother and is obsessed with old movies. It's clear from the beginning that Knipfel is knowingly drawing on affable loser stereotypes, particularly when he has Noogie steal his first $20 from one of the cash machines entirely by accident. The magnitude of Noogie's theft, however, soon sets him apart: working piecemeal, Noogie steals close to $5 million in $20 bills before being forced on an elaborate road trip with his cat, Dillinger. The book's first half traces Noogie's haphazard flight through unremarkable American towns and has an oddball charm: the possibility that Knipfel's sad creature might have gotten away with such a simple, substantial crime provides real renegade pleasure. In the second half, however, Knipfel shifts focus to the cops and FBI agents trying to track Noogie down: their crews feel thin and underrealized in comparison. Nevertheless, Knipfel's talent for empathizing with the underdog, evident is his earlier work, makes Noogie's adventures poignant and funny. (Oct.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Kirkus Reviews
This slapstick caper novel can't sustain the energy of its zany setup. Knipfel (The Buzzing, 2003, etc.) plainly enjoyed himself creating the character of Ned "Noogie" Krapczak, a hapless schlub who somehow amasses a small fortune by skimming from the ATM machines that he services. Reportedly inspired by an actual crime, the novel has some fun with Noogie, who hates his nickname but prefers it to the common mispronunciation of his last name ("Crap Sack"), who lives with his bellowing mother and his Siamese cat, Dillinger, and who has no life beyond the movies that obsess him. One day on his New York rounds, he accidentally misplaces a $20 bill. When it isn't discovered, he starts to take more and more, until he has stolen almost $5 million without arousing any suspicion from the home office in Fort Lauderdale. At about the 50 page mark, Noogie learns that he's been discovered, and he and his cat hit the road, abandoning his mother. Unfortunately, Knipfel has no more idea than his protagonist where to head from here, as both Noogie and the reader quickly find themselves "getting a little bored with this ‘on the lam' business." Noogie thinks his escape will make his life as exciting as a movie, but nobody appears to be chasing him. Whether out of ineptitude or desperation, he seems to do everything he can to draw the sort of attention that might result in his capture, leaving a $40 tip for a two-buck meal, spinning preposterous stories about his background, trading his van in for one exactly like it (with the same plates), heading for Florida where he knows they're looking for him. The novel's second half (following an "intermission" of 16 pages) features a significant plot twist thatthrows the narrative chronology out of whack and makes the reader care even less about Noogie than before. Noogie's shine dims pretty quickly. Agent: Melanie Jackson/Melanie Jackson Agency
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753512838
  • Publisher: Virgin Books
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Knipfel, one of America’s most critically acclaimed cult writers, has been praised by The New York Times Book Review for his “wicked black humor” and by Thomas Pynchon for taking readers on “an extraordinary emotional ride.” He is the author of Ruining It for Everybody (2004), The Buzzing (2003), Quitting the Nairobi Trio (2000) and Slackjaw (1999). He is a media favorite who has been featured on National Public Radio and 60 Minutes.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    Don't Judge This Book By It's Cover

    Noogie¿s Time to Shine follows the hapless Ned ¿Noogie¿ Krapczak on his wild journey avoiding detection from the FBI. Noogie is an unlovable, overweight, somewhat miserable nobody who, in his thirties, still lives with his overbearing, nagging mother. An avid film enthusiast who once had visions of working in the movie industry, he instead had to settle for a job with a small ATM company. Noogie goes from store to store refilling ATMs. It is a thankless job that pays little and the store owners have no respect for the socially inept man. Noogie, however, seems oblivious to their taunts as he goes about his job and occasionally quizzes these people on their knowledge of old movies. One day while filling an ATM, a twenty dollar bills slips from a stack of bills that had been inserted into the ATM. Having already closed the machine¿s doors, Noogie is at first frustrated but then decides to keep the money till the following day. He can always slip it back into the machine and nobody will be the wiser. But on the way home, Noogie stops to buy dinner for himself and his mother and, short of money, uses the new-found cash to pay for his meal. Thus begins a year-long process of slowly siphoning money from his company. When an accountant for the ATM company finally discovers that an enormous amount of money has been siphoned away, he alerts the owner of the firm. Soon, Noogie receives a call from the owner who begins to question his employee. Noogie makes up an excuse and gets the owner to agree to call him back in half an hour. In that short time, Noogie packs up his laundry bags full of money, grabs his cat, and runs for his car. Thus begins his journey. I found this story quite enjoyable. Although Noogie is not a person you can easily empathize with, you will find yourself hoping he escapes capture. As he travels from town to town, he slowly slips into a life of petty crime, even though he has thousands of dollars of twenty dollar bills in his car. I found myself scolding the bumbling criminal for his foolish escapades and enjoyed the experience. The final third of the book switches from Noogie¿s exploits to those of the FBI as they track him. It wasn¿t nearly as satisfying to read about their procedures and how they backtracked this small-time criminal. Still, I quickly read through this section as I wanted to find out what happened to Noogie. One final comment I¿d like to make is about the book¿s cover. I was initially taken aback when I saw the picture and didn¿t want to read the book. It is a rather eerie picture of Edward G. Robinson, and yes, given the context of the book, it makes sense. Still, having taken an unscientific poll of fellow reviewers, it was felt that the cover adding nothing and indeed, might keep people from picking up this book. Quill says - Don¿t judge this book by its cover, it is a great read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    A fun ride through a dark comedy

    A while ago Stephen King tried to bring back the pulp novel genre. I'm not sure what happened to King's project, but this book takes a big step toward reviving pulp fiction. Noogie is a fascinating character and I really enjoyed getting into his weird little head throughout his ridiculously funny run from the law. The book also serves as an homage to the genre and all those classic film noir movies that we associate with it (Dark Passage, White Heat). Its a smart and funny book, think Dashiell Hammett but with a wicked sense of humor. Also if you do pick up a copy, remember this as you read it: 'Follow the money.'

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)