Shoveling Smoke

Shoveling Smoke

by Austin Davis
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Overview

Shoveling Smoke by Austin Davis

Reveling in outrageous shenanigans and hilariously off-kilter characters, Shoveling Smoke does for East Texas what Carl Hiaasen's novels do for South Florida. Burned-out corporate lawyer Clay Parker chucks it all and moves from Houston to a tiny firm in a dusty small town, searching for his lost integrity and a simpler life. Instead, he lands in the middle of a bungled fraud case defending the disreputable and downright nasty Bevo Rasmussen, accused of torching the stables housing his over-insured thoroughbreds. Immediately confronted with corrupt officials, crazed survivalists, an incompetent hit man, an emu, and a naked county clerk, along with an assortment of vengeful wives and great barbecue, Clay discovers that nothing is what it seems to be. By the end, our hero gets way more than he bargained for, justice (Texas-style) gets served, and the reader gets a laugh-out-loud first novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452125022
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 10/19/2012
Series: Clay Parker Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,174,994
File size: 504 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Austin Davis is a native Texan. This is his first novel.

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Richard "Racehorse" Haynes

A fast-moving story, a fascinating book.

Ed McBain

If you think lawyers can't possibly be funny, read Shoveling Smoke, which is fast, well-plotted, and hilarious besides.

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Shoveling Smoke 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not read a book this funny in years! I read the entirety in one sitting, reading half of it out loud to my husband who was rolling off the couch laughing. This book is not shallow humor, though. The authors delve into serious topics - ethics, religion, politics - with depth, wisdom, and thoughtfulness. They explore the obvious flaws of main characters Gilliam Stroud and Hardwick Chandler, as well as the deeper and more perverse flaws of pious Paul Primrose or respected Stan-the-Man Pulaski. And the ending! The plot has more twists than a crooked East Texas road! Each one is more surprising and surreal than the last, yet completely believable. I shut the book feeling completely satisfied that justice prevailed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I read, laughed at, and thoroughly enjoyed these people. I worked in legal offices in Oklahoma for a number of years and didn't have to stretch my imagination a bit to believe the characters were real people. What a wonder story teller Austin Davis is. Really hope there are more manuscripts already written just waiting to be published.
granmouse More than 1 year ago
Funniest book I've ever read. Could not put it down. If you work for anytype of court system, law enforcement, or attorneys you will enjoy this book. Shoveling Smoke would make an excellant movie. My favorite book of all times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one that you can't put down. Great first novel, can't wait for the next adventures of Clay Parker.
graceprimo More than 1 year ago
Do not like the cavalier approach to horse abuse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HILARIOUS!! This was really a fun read. Hope to see Clay and the gang again, soon. If you can't laugh with this book, you are a hopeless.
BookwomanNC More than 1 year ago
Such a fun story filled with eccentric characters and culture. Looking forward to more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed a lot of the punch lines
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great break from the usual gumshoo books! Laughed out loud several times!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read. Loved the characters, the dialog, and the story. I'm ready for the next adventure.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FUN read with unexpected twists and turns.
LindalovestoreadLR More than 1 year ago
This book was an absolute delight. Read it! I hope the author writes more.
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GhostReader3 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading it. It was fast paced and kept the reader moving to see what happens next. It was also very informative into horse trading and the big world of insurance. I love reading books pertaining to the law and how it is applied.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FUN TO READ