If you're gonna box an octopus, best bring some extra arms
At the height of tourist season, an armored car drives off a crowded pier and sinks to the bottom of San Francisco Bay. By the time divers find the wreck, the cash is gone and the driver has vanished. The police are convinced it's an inside job, but local merchant Vera Young, whose boyfriend drove the armored car, claims it was much more than a simple heist.
Vera swears the missing driver is innocent and wants him found before the police can throw him in jail. Private investigator Cape Weathers reluctantly takes the case but warns Vera that her boyfriend is likely guilty-or dead. What starts as a manhunt uncovers a criminal conspiracy of money laundering, illegal drug testing, and a network of corporations willing to do anything to protect their stock price. It's a case that Cape can't get his arms around, and his relationship with Vera is getting complicated while the list of people who want him dead is getting longer.
Boxing The Octopus is a runaway tour of San Francisco's underworld which reminds us that when things get out of hand, having eight arms is always better than two.
About the Author
TIM MALEENY is the bestselling author of the award-winning Cape Weathers mysteries and the comedic thriller JUMP, which The Boston Globe called "hilarious" and Publishers Weekly described as "a perfectly blended cocktail of escapism." His short fiction appears in several major anthologies and has won the prestigious Macavity Award for best story of the year. A former resident of San Francisco, Tim currently lives and writes at an undisclosed location in New York City, where he is working on his next novel, a screenplay, and a book for young readers.
You can contact Tim or find out more about his writing at: timmaleeny.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A fun and entertaining novel, engrossing and full of quirky and likeable characters. I enjoyed the plot that hooked since the first pages and the solid mystery. It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
This is the fourth Cape Weathers thriller and the first book since 2008. I have not read any prior books by the author and enjoyed this fun fast paced mystery as a crime thriller ,The main charcter is Cape and he has a ever present assassin sidekick Sally, and a cast of other colorful fun humorous characters. This was a fun crime romp through San Francisco with humor, mystery and even a giant Pacific Octopus featuring into the book. I enjoyed the location of Pier 39 and other areas of San Francisco richly described by the author. The charcters are truly well developed to the story and the crime was interesting to conclusion. A fun read that I recommend. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the ARC for review. My review opinion is my own. Review cross posted to Good Reads, Amazon and Net Galley as well as B&N.
The beginning of this book is so confusing and so disorganized that the reader may set it aside to move on to books that are better put together and don’t require so much work to try to figure out what’s going on. Once an armored car is pushed off a pier with the driver locked inside, and PI Cape Weathers comes into the picture, however, the story becomes a tale of conspiracy, money laundering, missing persons, illegal drug testing, and corporation that would do anything to protect their share of the market. Oh, and let’s not forget the octopus. Cape Weathers is a likable, principled private investigator who will fire a client if Cape believes he has been lied to. Vera Young is the girlfriend of the driver of the armored car, who, when police divers find it, is missing. She’s convinced her boyfriend is innocent of any wrongdoing and wants Cape to find him before the police do. Cape finds himself attracted to Vera when he knows he shouldn’t be. This is reminiscent of the Dashiell Hammett and Ross Macdonald hardboiled whodunits. So if you love 1950s crime novels, you’ll undoubtedly like this book. Or if you love your mysteries well written with a likable PI and whole host of characters and unexpected plot twists and turns along the way, you’ll want to add this to your to-be-read list. Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss for an eARC.