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Plugged [Hardcover]

Eoin Colfer
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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12 May 2011

Dan, an Irishman who's ended up in New Jersey, finds himself embroiled in a world of murder, kidnapping and corrupt cops.

Dan works as a bouncer in a seedy club, half in love with hostess Connie. When Connie is murdered on the premises, a vengeful Dan finds himself embroiled in an increasingly deadly sequence of events in which his doctor friend Zeb goes mysteriously missing, a cop-killing female cop becomes his only ally, and he makes an enemy of ruthless drug-dealer Mike Madden. Written with the warmth and wit that make the Artemis Fowl novels so irresistible, though with additional torture and violence, PLUGGED is a brilliant crime debut from a naturally gifted writer with a huge fanbase.



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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; First Edition edition (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755379985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755379989
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,858 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.

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'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 )

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From the bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl children's titles comes a brilliant darkly comic adult crime debut


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Witty enough crime caper 25 Jun 2011
By Mingo Bingo VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Eoin Colfer, best known for his YA Artemis Fowl novels, has written an adult novel. An adult crime novel at that. Fresh from his extension of the Hitch Hikers Guide To the Galaxy series he's moved on again to another genre. He's certainly a man not afraid of tackling new challenges. The problem is that Plugged seems a bit like a pastiche as well, or at the least someone copying genre tropes and producing a novel by rote from them.

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
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hair-raising noir 12 May 2011
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Plugged represents something of a departure for the acclaimed author of Artemis Fowl and other young adult novels, his latest novel heading for the more adult territory of crime fiction. But while the tone and content is definitely adult - it features a semi-delusional bouncer at a pretty sleazy "hostess" (ie. stripper) club who manages to get himself uncomfortably immersed in the crime and drug dealing world of suburban New Jersey - the reader will be happy to find out that there is still plenty of humour to be had with the subject along the way.

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait 19 May 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ever since Artemis Fowl, I have waited for Eoin Colfer to write an exclusively adult novel. It was worth the wait. The expected words are "unputdownable", "page turner" and "read in one sitting". Not one of them is wrong. This book is a joy. Elegantly written with a sense of humour that is missing in so much modern crime fiction. Don't make me wait another 10 years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Unusual Style, Well Executed 14 April 2012
By B. D. Breen VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Many people know Eoin Colfer for his childrens books, including the great Artemis Fowl series. I read a number of his books whilst gorwing up, and always enjoyed the quirky, surrealist nature of his plots. In moving to the adult realm, none of this witty, quirky style is lost. The text is dotted with witty one liners and a great internal monologue written throughout the book as a great back and forth. However, Colfer does seem to struggle slightly in the move to the adult market, where the plot has to hold up to more scrutiny.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Change
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 12 months ago by Badenski
3.0 out of 5 stars Rugged, Plugged Hero is Mugged and Hugged
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 more
Published 12 months ago by Mr Blue Sky
4.0 out of 5 stars interest jump
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 more
Published 14 months ago by Amanda Slator
3.0 out of 5 stars Spiessssss
I will admit, before now I had only read Colfer's Artemis Fowl books and his Hitchhiker's Guide spinoff, so went into this with high hopes. Read more
Published 16 months ago by B Keeler
3.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of A Trillian Books
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 more
Published 16 months ago by Tasha
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect magic
I am a huge fan of Eoin Colfer. I loved Artemis Fowl, Airman, The Supernaturalist etc so I was looking forward to reading this latest entry in his bibliography, particularly seeing... Read more
Published 20 months ago by A. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Fowl, and better than 'And Another Thing'
The title of this review sums it up really - those who go into this book on the strength of Colfer's 'Artemis Fowl' output and expect anything like more of the same are going to be... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2012 by D. O'Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars No fairy story..... not fairy at all
I've read and enjoyed the Artemis Fowl stories and this book proves that Eoin Colfer is by no means a one trick pony. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2012 by R. A. Caton
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
the atlantis complex book was sloppy but i think this one is good. its a traditional noir mystery type book. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2012 by L. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars witty crime caper
I liked Plugged a lot. There's plenty to like - a zip along plot; lots of action; plenty of twists and turns; some very funny scenes; a healthy dose of witty one liners; and a load... Read more
Published on 9 May 2012 by Rob Kitchin
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