- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Headline; First Edition edition (12 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755379985
- ISBN-13: 978-0755379989
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 24 x 2.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 638,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) is the New York Times best-selling author
of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series as well as Airman; Half Moon
Investigations; The Supernaturalist; Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books;
The Wish List; Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He was born in
Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four
brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher,
historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first
developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with
gripping Viking stories inspired by history that he was learning in
school at the time.
Eoin got his degree from Dublin University and qualified as a primary
school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he
and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi
Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published
in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been
translated into many languages; a sequel followed in 1999. In 2001, the
first Artemis Fowl book was published worldwide to much success -
shortly thereafter he left teaching to concentrate fully on his writing.
To this day, Eoin has written 6 Artemis Fowl books which have sold over
12 million copies worldwide.
'Artemis Fowl creator Eoin Colfer heads off into zanily comic adult noir territory with Plugged . . . McEvoy finds himself sucked into a maelstrom of outlandish criminal shenanigans, a knockabout farce with Elmore Leonard-style wisecracking at every turn' ( Metro )
'I loved the voice. I loved the dark streets. I love the story' (Harlan Coben)
'Eoin Colfer . . . is hugely inventive and intelligent and an instinctive storyteller, who happens to write beautifully and elegantly as well' (Michael Morpurgo)
'Violent, surreal and eccentric, this offering couldn't be further from his Artemis Fowl series' ( Sun )
'A non-stop, fever-pitched crime thriller . . . Genius at work' (Ridley Pearson)
'Colfer is an engaging and inventive writer with a strong sense of the rhythm of a story . . . always entertaining page by page' ( Guardian )
'This is Sopranos territory - where terrible deeds are mixed with the painful banalities of life in a way that brings laughter among the tears and gnaws at your heart. It's a fine debut' ( Daily Mail )
'DON'T PICK UP THIS BOOK if you want to get anything else done for the next day or two. It's too sharp, too funny, and it won't let you go' (Don Winslow)
'Colfer . . . has transplanted his style seamlessly into the adult genre' ( The Times )
'This might lead you to think you're in Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen or even Damon Runyon country, but you're not. Although there are echoes of all three writers in Plugged, Colfer's novel is dominated, driven and fully animated by a refreshingly original voice' ( Washington Post )
'A laugh-out-loud adventure that is as close as the genre gets to a hug' ( The Sunday Times (Ireland))
'Scabrously funny, furiously paced and distinctively idiosyncratic, PLUGGED . . . suggests Colfer's first adult crime novel will not be his last' ( Irish Times )
'His rapid-fire surreal wit is packed with off kilter ideas . . . it's a highly entertaining ride' ( Financial Times )
'This is the author's first adult tale and the humour and gritty setting make it a good 'un' ( Sun )
'Elmore Leonard-inspired world of semi-surreal pulp crime fiction' ( Daily Telegraph )
'Pitch-perfect comic noir. Outrageous characters, uproariously funny plot twists, and brutal, nonstop action make this a sure-fire winner' ( Publishers Weekly )
'Funny, acerbic, crazed, riveting, sardonic...everything you want in a summer read' ( New York Journal of Books )
From the bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl children's titles comes a brilliant darkly comic adult crime debutSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
That's not to say this is not an enjoyable novel. I whipped through it in a day at a gallop. I wasn't bored at all. I laughed a bit. And was pretty well entertained. I just can't see this being a worldwide bestseller like Artemis Fowl. Or it may well be because of his name, but it shouldn't be on it's merits. Plugged is a crime novel in the mould of Colin Bateman or Charlie Higson. That is comic crime, with a wisecracking first person narrative. A whole host of coincidences, a couple of gruesome deaths, strip clubs and drug dealing lawyers. On face value it all sounds good fun, and it is.
Daniel McEvoy is an ex-soldier. Relocated to a small New Jersey town to escape the horrors of what he saw as a UN peacekeeper in the Lebanon, he now works on the door of the town's dodgy strip club. When his friend (who is also the man responsible for his newly installed hair plugs) Zeb vanishes, one of the strippers is murdered and he accidentally becomes an accomplice to the death of a police woman McEvoy finds himself drawn into a world that is just as dangerous as the Lebanon of his past.
All pretty standard stuff. And in many ways that's not an issue, the fact that it stays so true to the genre tropes means you always get what you expect and are satisfied, there's just a suspicion that Colfer isn't really being true to himself as a writer and that tainted the book for me
That's not to say that Colfer doesn't take Plugged seriously, or that he approaches the crime genre in any way half-hearted or tongue-in-cheek. Well, maybe just a little, since the hardboiled title could also refer to the hair-transplant treatment that Daniel McEvoy, the Irish-born bouncer at Slotz nightclub, and former soldier in the Peace Keeping forces in Lebanon, has been receiving from an old friend and doctor of dubious qualifications, Zeb. Zeb however has gone missing, seemingly mixed up with the worst of Cloisters' organised crime gangs, but before Dan can look for him, another incident at the nightclub involving one of the hostesses presents him with potentially a lot more trouble.
Colfer's venture into the crime genre doesn't sound like it offers anything new, not even the fact that Dan is a little bit deranged, suffering flashbacks to his time in Lebanon and hearing voices in his head - an imaginary Zeb constantly berating him for getting distracted from the case - but Colfer's angle is managing to make these problems witty and amusing.Read more ›
Plugged tells of an ex-soldier from Ireland, Daniel McEvoy, now a bouncer in a seedy nightclub in New Jersey. McEvoy is a wisecracking, fiery character with a well fleshed out backstory and is a thoroughly entertaining narrator to the story. McEvoy is a character that really allows Colfer's wit to flourish and delight the reader, there are few characters I'd rather follow through a tale than him. However, in one respect Colfer's lack of experience in the adult sector does rear its head - he is scared to allow his lead character to kill anyone. This is understandable when writing for teenagers, but in an adult novel this leads to scenarios which push suspension of disbelief too far. For instance, our hero is surrounded with incapacitated enemies, clearly intent on killing him; McEvoy walks into a building where he will clearly be cornered, and yet leaves all of his enemies alive. For an ex-soldier, this is frankly unreaslistic and really sullied the excitement of the ensuing scene as it just felt crowbarred in.
Other characters are also well fleshed out, if erring on the side of stereotype. The vile boss, his kiss-ass second in command, the dodgy doctor, small-time gangster aspiring to bigger things, Dan's ex army friends.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In my teenage years I loved the Artemis Fowl series, and I continued to keep up with each release until the series' climax in 2012. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Iwan
liked this a lot. likable character, enough depth to keep you interested whilst staying entertaining. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Steve Page
A good read, but I have to say that I prefer Eion's Artemis Fowl books! They are great!Published 15 months ago by Nina Wronka
I've read all his children's books and really loved them now I find he is just as good at writing for adults. Quick easy enjoyable read.Published on 18 Aug. 2013 by Badenski
Daniel McEvoy is an Irish ex-soldier working as a bouncer at a seedy NY nightclub. He is very much a modern-day take on the seedy gumshoe and just like Chandler's Marlowe, he has... Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2013 by Mr Blue Sky
From the author of Artemis Foul I was intrigued to read a more grown up book from Eoin Colfer. An interesting story with promise of further journeys for an ex-soldier, just... Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by Amanda Slator
Plugged was a fair enough read in that there was nothing I particularly disliked. There wasn't anything special about it though and as a big fan of Colfer's Artemis Fowl books, I... Read morePublished on 16 April 2013 by Tasha