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The Hard Bounce
     

The Hard Bounce

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by Todd Robinson
 

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Boo Malone lost everything when he was sent to St. Gabriel's Home for Boys. There, he picked up a few key survival skills; a wee bit of an anger management problem; and his best friend for life, Junior. Now adults, Boo and Junior have a combined weight of 470 pounds (mostly Boo's), about ten grand in tattoos (mostly Junior's), and a talent for wisecracking banter.

Overview

Boo Malone lost everything when he was sent to St. Gabriel's Home for Boys. There, he picked up a few key survival skills; a wee bit of an anger management problem; and his best friend for life, Junior. Now adults, Boo and Junior have a combined weight of 470 pounds (mostly Boo's), about ten grand in tattoos (mostly Junior's), and a talent for wisecracking banter. Together, they provide security for The Cellar, a Boston nightclub where the bartender Audrey doles out hugs and scoldings for her favorite misfits, and the night porter, Luke, expects them to watch their language. At last Boo has found a family.

But when Boo and Junior are hired to find Cassandra, a well-to-do runaway slumming among the authority-shy street kids, Boo sees in the girl his own long-lost younger sister. And as the case deepens with evidence that Cassie is being sexually exploited, Boo's blind desire for justice begins to push his surrogate family's loyalty to the breaking point. Cassie's life depends on Boo's determination to see the case through, but that same determination just might finally drive him and Junior apart. What's looking like an easy payday is turning into a hard bounce--for everyone.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this dynamic hard-boiled quasi-PI novel by Robinson, editor of the crime short fiction webzine Thuglit and its anthologies, the burly William “Boo” Malone, with his bouncer friend Darrell “Junior” McCullough, runs the 4DC Security outfit based out of a Boston blue-collar bar called the Cellar. This friendship goes back to the dysfunctional orphanage where they met after a harrowing incident separated Boo from his family. The two are hired by DA Jack Donnelly to find his missing teenage “hell-on-wheels” daughter, Cassie, but have to stay under the news media’s radar since Donnelly is a mayoral candidate. Trading often funny wisecracks, Boo and Junior tangle with Danny Barnes, Donnelly’s ornery chief troubleshooter, before discovering Cassie has been forced to make snuff porn films. Buried emotions resurface when Donnelly insinuates that if Boo finds Cassie, Donnelly might find Boo’s long-lost sister. Determined to get to the bottom of the snuff-porn ring, Boo survives stakeouts, a beating, a shooting, and a run-in with the local mob boss before he and Junior wrap up their first case, neither tidily nor predictably, leaving enough setup for what may become a sturdy new crime fiction series. (Feb.)
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"In this dynamic hard-boiled quasi-PI novel...William 'Boo' Malone, with his bouncer friend Darrell 'Junior' McCullough...wrap up their first case, neither tidily nor predictably, leaving enough setup for what may become a sturdy new crime fiction series." --Publishers Weekly

"Robinson, creator of the website Thuglit, peoples his first novel with a host of imaginatively drawn thugs, villains, victims, and rascals, and he has filled his story with top-shelf tough talk, mayhem, lots of raunch, some laughs, and a vivid sense of place. Readers who enjoy a good wallow in all of the above will feel right at home with The Hard Bounce." --Booklist

"It's like Todd Robinson (creator of Thug Lit) asked me what my favorite PI novel would look like before he wrote this novel. Yeah, I liked it that much. I loved the fact the plot was very, very dark but still the Boo's lines had me laugh out loud sometimes. What I loved most, however, was the fact this is a great new take on the genre. Fantastic novel, a definite contender for 2013's Favorite Sons in the category Best Debut or Best New PI." --Sons of Spade blog

"When a work is published by Tyrus Books, I know there's going to be something nifty between the covers. But I (kinda) never saw this one coming. Simple perfection. A smart, moving story; outstanding dialogue; wicked humor; and well-drawn--I could have read it again as soon as I finished. And I rarely reread. Tyrus has another winner. READ IT." --Pop Culture Nerd

"This is a very well-written book. All of the characters came to life, were believable and real, with very little sugar-coating. By the end of the book, I wanted to know more about what happened to Boo and Junior, which is always the mark of a great story. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Robinson." --Let the Sparks Fly blog

"The Hard Bounce is so good, I'll consider Robinson a superb author even if he never writes another word. One of the very few books that can make a jaded reviewer like me laugh out loud. Robinson is a hell of a writer. His prose brings the story to life and then caries it at 120mph for 300 pages without taking a single breath. The Hard Bounce is gritty noir done right. Robinson [is]...a talented author who knows what he's doing at the top of his game." - Out of the Gutter Online

"A tough tale with hard boiled humor and more emotion than one might expect." --Mystery People

"Robinson...weave[s] it all together...skillfully, dare I say this artfully? Dude is a talent, and I for one can't wait for the return of Boo and Junior." --Grift Magazine, "Favorite Books of 2013"

"There are crime authors who act out tough-guy fantasies, but Todd Robinson embodies them, striking an amazing balance between head-stomping and heart-stomping." - LitReactor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440557682
Publisher:
Adams Media
Publication date:
12/18/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
553,477
File size:
548 KB

Meet the Author

Todd Robinson is the creator and chief editor of the multiaward-winning crime fiction magazine THUGLIT. His short fiction has appeared in Blood&Tacos; Plots with Guns; Needle Magazine; Shotgun Honey; Strange, Weird, and Wonderful Magazine; Out of the Gutter; Pulp Pusher; Grift; Demolition Magazine; and CrimeFactory. His writing has been nominated for a Derringer Award, short-listed for Best American Mystery Stories, selected for Writer's Digest's Year's Best Writing 2003, and won the inaugural Bullet Award in June 2011.

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The Hard Bounce 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JonMcGo More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Tough and sweet, dark and hilarious. Tightly crafted. Great book.
KaneH More than 1 year ago
This is really good noir- solid, dark, dirty, and dangerous. The characters are in for a rougher time than you'd ever want to experience- unless you enjoy hospital visits, extreme pain, constant peril, and too many things that are bad for you. Reading it is a bit like a nasty fight- you're not sure when the next bone-crushing blow will come, but you know it will be soon, and it's gonna hurt. Boo and Junior navigate their shadowed world with aplomb, tossing off witty lines and engaging in smackdowns with a host of opponents. Certainly believable, certainly fun, though, and the book shows you the seamy underbelly of life in scenes you won't forget. Not for the faint of heart, this book ain't no cozy mystery. It's a blast from the dark side, but with fun touches and enough heart to make you care. Not an easy task, but Robinson pulls it off with finesse. If you like your fiction rough and gritty, you're going to love this. But buckle up, cupcake, 'cause it's also gonna hurt.
ReadadaBeada More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I'm online right now trying to find out when this author is going to have another book out!! I hope he writes many more with Boo and Junior - I'll be waiting!
Tex6 More than 1 year ago
Gritty and funny as hell. Highly recommend the book. Recommend the author give us more Boo and Junior.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're in the market for the kind of book that doesn't fit a mold, this is the book for you. Todd Robinson is a refreshingly new voice in crime fiction, which is in desperate need of new voices.