An Austin Carr Mystery
By Jack Getze
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Three women are mad enough to kill him. Only one is a murderer. Left in charge of a third-rate Jersey Shore investment firm, suspended stockbroker Austin Carr becomes the prize in a war between two crime crews, a powerful state investigator and Mama Bones Bonacelli, his boss’s wacky mother. Barely staying alive with mobsters, gorgeous cops, and a hit man he calls The Creeper chasing him, Carr stumbles into the secret world of a beautiful but desperate woman — a murderer who chooses Austin as her next victim.
“In this jaunty follow-up to BIG NUMBERS, a scruffy stockbroker returns to tangle with mobsters, women and his own big mouth.
“The good news, as the story opens, is that the hero is in the company of a gorgeous naked lady. The bad news is that she’s pointing a shotgun at him. It’s a typical predicament for Austin Carr, a semi-shady New Jersey financial professional temporarily in charge of Shore Securities while his boss is on vacation…
“Carr is continually getting into trouble over his weakness for breasts, his penchant for self-incriminating statements and his vestigial moral sensibility, which, like an appendix, makes itself felt at inconvenient times.
“The way to read this book is to … relax and enjoy Getze’s punchy dialogue and colorful characters–Bluefish’s henchman Max is an especially pungent creation–and his hilarious hangdog protagonist’s dissolute charm.
“If Elmore Leonard had gotten a securities license, this is the book he might have written.” — KIRKUS Indie