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Punchline [Kindle Edition]

P.A. Fenton
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

They say everyone has a novel in them. Luca had five, until they were stolen from him.

"Actually laughed out loud, then felt slightly guilty for doing so, as this is a macabre , hilarious story with a truly twisted ending. Punchline hits the spot."

"A hilarious read that kept me turning the pages with an unexpected twist at the end. A must read for those who enjoy an unusual comedic take on the thriller genre."

Luca Pope would normally be pleased to see his novels on bookstore shelves, especially if it were his name on the covers. Five novels bearing five different author names, and he has no idea how it happened.

Unemployed and with nothing better to do than to entertain thoughts of violent retribution, Luca sets out to track down and corner the plagiarists, to extract answers and confessions - if they'd just stay alive long enough to oblige. Urged on by a sense of righteous outrage and an inner voice named Hodges, Luca departs his career of salaried apathy to pursue the life which has been brazenly stolen from him: successful novelist … or failing that, serial killer.

Punchline is a black comedy about plagiarism, paranoia, and one man’s poorly-judged attempts to out the bastards who stole his books.

Two wrongs don’t make a right … but five should do it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 914 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JJTUC6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Paul Fenton is the author of the dark comedy novels Punchline, Cellar Door, Natural Deselection, and the novella The Spanner ... So far. He currently lives in Brisbane with his wife, two children, and a deep fear of melting in the incessant heat.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and exciting 1 Oct. 2011
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a fast moving adventure story with a high body count. The premise is that an author has all his previously rejected manuscripts stolen and published under other people's names. Naturally he is apoplectically angry. He tries to track his works and those who stole them and find out how they managed to get hold of the books. There are lots of interesting characters in this story and the ending is a real surprise. I love the author's sense of humour. Paul Fenton is a talented and funny writer.
The book is a real page turner and I enjoyed it immensely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I was reminded in reading this novel of the film Billy Liar, which in turn was based upon the novel by Keith Waterhouse. In that film reality from Billy's point of view is often suspended as, for example, he fantasises about shooting down someone who is annoying him with a tommygun , only to realise that it only happened in his head as he phased out for a moment and in reality he is still being talked at and nothing has changed. This novel has numerous sequences like that as the main character's mind tunes him out for a moment or two, before returning him to whatever he was facing. It works for the most part and I agree with the other reviewers that the novel is very funny (laugh out loud so at times) but also with them that the plot is flimsy.

But you know what? It doesn't matter, for this novel is in many respects two fingers up to the publishing world, as if Fenton has just decided to write exactly whatever he wants to and it is refreshing for that alone.

The language is appalling and not necessary to the story or the plot, but given that Fenton doesn't appear to give a toss then it is worth enduring it to be entertained by the book.

The author can certainly write and I would be interested to read a more serious novel if he writes one.

As for Punchline - read it and enjoy it for what it is. I recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedic Uppercut 17 Dec. 2011
By Genome
Format:Kindle Edition
"Punchline" is hip, flip and an enjoyable comedic thriller. Protagonist Luca Pope is engaging company. He has a waspish tongue, a healthy cynicism and an opinion on any and everything. Though engaged on a sort of noirish thriller quest, he is absolutely British and modern in his worldview and a lousy layman detective to boot. He fizzles and crackles with understandable indignation at most things in the world, seeing what has befallen him and a couple of sustained setpieces are really, fall off the sofa funny (maybe don't read this in the bath? But then it's an e-book so you probably wouldn't be anyway). The first is a scene that takes place in a dominatrix's workplace, when he'd unwittingly turned up to conduct a discussion on provenance and ownership of literature. The second is a phone conversation conducted in public with a hit man on the other end of the line and having to speak in improvised code which really shows off Fenton's skills as a comic writer.

The reflexive meditations on writing and the writer, reminded me of Paul Auster's "New York Trilogy". This together with the great narrative voice (which reminded me of Christopher Brookmyre) and the rich vein of comedy running throughout, absolutely makes "Punchline" a very enjoyable and recommended read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weirdness in an entertaining kind of way 25 Oct. 2011
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I've left it a few days after finishing the book before doing my review, but I am still having troubles getting my head round it.

Story was really odd. I don't think I ever really read the blurb, or if I did it was just the first line of it. I just didn't expect the way the plot turned. And funnily enough, instead of picking up my kindle and thinking along the lines of "oooh I wonder if there will be an end to the suspense and we will find the culprit" it was more like "I wonder what weird thing is going to happen to Luca today". I just thought it brought a different experience to the usual books. I thought it was great !

I absolutely loved the way the story was told as well. You're so inside Luca's head, and the story really is told like it is from his point of view. Found it really interesting knowing what goes on in a bloke's head, even though it was in obviously unusual situations!

A totally recommended read if you want to try something different. Bit of suspense, bit of humour and lots of weirdness make a wonderful mix !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Punch Line 4 April 2013
By Sue
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Good story. An author, Luca, has had his manuscripts rejected from publishers. Then he finds they have been published by other people. He finds the people who stole them and also finds out how they got hold of the books. Lots of deaths along the way. The ending was a surprise. I enjoyed the book, and will be reading more from this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A noir crime thriller.. 7 Nov. 2011
By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I thought it was a kind of noir crime thriller, a pessimistic downbeat air to it mixed with satirical humour. Quirky and fresh, definitely a book that readers who are looking for that edgy different type of story will like. The storyline is a struggling writers nightmare, someone has plagiarised his work and become an instant success. Luca starts hunting the thief down and on the way discovers things about himself he would rather not know. Some of the dialogue is brutally honest and that includes the colourful language the main character uses to voice his dissatisfaction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit from Fenton
Punchline is the second Paul Fenton book that has made me genuinely laugh out loud in public (cueing a few odd looks from strangers). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Glenn Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually laughed out loud, then felt slightly guilty for ...
Actually laughed out loud, then felt slightly guilty for doing so, as this is a macabre , hilarious story with a truly twisted ending. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Published 10 months ago by GromKath
4.0 out of 5 stars Great plot twist.
This book is a great twist on the traditional thriller, it's humorous, quirky and fast paced, you just have to turn the pages.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Punchline
With a tag line of "They say everyone has a novel in them. Luca had five, until they were stolen from him." I was intrigued. Read more
Published on 25 May 2013 by Joo
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark thriller
I don't usually read books that have overt comedy in them as I prefer my thrillers undiluted. There were parts of this dark thriller which were indeed funny but there was also a... Read more
Published on 23 May 2013 by DJW13
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Chuckled all the way through. Recommend this as a good read. Looking forward to the next book. Enjoy all who venture,
Published on 8 May 2013 by cookiesnookie
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully quirky
A highly enjoyable read. Laugh out loud funny in places with a very satirical feeling, although did feel a touch flimsy & meandering at times, this is still a read I've happily... Read more
Published on 6 May 2013 by iamgadget
5.0 out of 5 stars Punchline
Luca looses his job, gets very drunk, finds his novel has been published by someone else, makes a few bad choices and so begins this great thriller. Read more
Published on 13 Mar. 2013 by Miss King
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and quirky
This was quite an odd book. It was a real mix of genres - crime, dark gore-fest, quirky comedy, and finally 'Billy Liar'. It's hard to pin it down. Read more
Published on 30 Mar. 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Punchline hits the spot
A hilarious read that kept me turning the pages with an unexpected twist at the end. A must read for those who enjoy an unusual comedic take on the thriller genre. Read more
Published on 3 Mar. 2012 by Joy
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