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Smoked [Hardcover]

Patrick Quinlan
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27 Mar 2006
Smoke Dugan has made a living from handling explosives for a criminal organisation. But no one has ever been hurt by his actions, and when one of his bombs is used to take down a plane with innocent women and children on board, something snaps inside him. He takes his revenge by killing his criminal boss, taking his money and going on the run. Now, a year later, Smoke is hiding out in a picturesque seaside city in Maine. He knows that it is only a matter of time before the organisation catches up with him. When they do, he manages to escape - but then his girlfriend is captured. Now Smoke must try to save her and disappear for good. But it seems that someone else is after Smoke's girlfriend and it's not long before Smoke finds himself caught up in a dangerous chase game from which there might be no escape...

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; 1st Edition.1st Printing edition (27 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755328256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755328253
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,863,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was the youngest child in a big, noisy, New York Irish-American family. Ten minutes late to dinner and the food was all gone. Other kids in the neighborhood wanted to become cops, or firemen, or crime kingpins. I wanted to become Jimi Hendrix.

I'm the author of five novels - SMOKED, THE TAKEDOWN, THE HIT, THE DROP-OFF and THE DEVIL & JOHNNY DOG FOOD. I'm also the co-author, with legendary actor Rutger Hauer, of Rutger's memoir, ALL THOSE MOMENTS, an L.A. Times bestseller.

I've been featured or reviewed in major media throughout the world, including the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the London Times, the Daily Mail, Entertainment Weekly, Maine Public Radio, and many others.

One of my favorite things is travel. I may be happiest when surrounded by people I can't understand, and who can't understand me, and I'm reduced to frantic hand gestures.

I like to get things cookin'.

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Tightly plotted, confidently written and very hip (Observer)

One of the most compelling crime novels I have ever read. My shaking hand was turning pages. What a debut. Patrick Quinlan is the great new crime writer of his generation. (Carolyn Chute, New York Times bestselling author o)

An engrossing thriller that takes an aging bomb-maker on the lam, a couple of very dangerous hit men, some small-time crooks and a girl who who was paying attention in self-defense class, and weaves a can't miss sizzler of a story. Patrick Quinlan creates a memorable character in Smoke Dugan and a story that keeps you guessing. (James Siegel (author of DERAILED and DETOUR))

'Packed with adrenalin, violence and an all-too-credible set of New York characters' (The Times)

Smoked is one cool read. Tough, suspenseful, gritty and raw. I enjoyed the hell out of it. (Victor Gischler (author of GUN MONKEYS and SUICIDE)

'Characters to care about, even the no-goods. Readers who can tolerate the bloodbaths may be bearing early witness to the arrival of a major talent' (Kirkus Reviews)

'Smoked is a first novel rich in characters, lovingly drawn and mercilessly executed' (The Times)

'Certainly one of the better debut thrillers I've read this year' (Shotsmag)

'Smoked is a shocking, violent read, jam-packed with action and a cast of incredible characters' (Independent Weekly (Australia))

'Edgy and smart all the way. In a word: Gripping!' (Gold Coast Bulletin (Australia))

'With its interweaving story-lines, its juxtaposition of brutal violence and humour, its blundering bad guys and slick dialogue, Smoked fits neatly into post-Tarantino crime cool' (Good Reading (Australia))

'Cue kidnapping, explosions, beatings, murders and car chases aplenty. Pacey, punchy and raw, this is one self assured debut' (The Australian Way)

'Cool in unexpected ways' (Adelaide Matters)

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A brilliant and gripping first novel from a writer who weaves together elements of PULP FICTION, KILL BILL and GET SHORTY in a pacy and unputdownable crime thriller

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner 25 May 2006
By N. Wood
An exciting book!

Straightforward to read, interesting characters, racey plot twists, and a good few laughs.

It's one of the few books that I've read that effectively communicates the thrill of a car chace!

A great debut, more of these please.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting chase... 9 April 2006
By A Customer
This book is great read. The characters are sassy, raw and gritty and the author makes them real. The author grabs you right from the beginning by introducing you to a killer for hire and by detailing the near rape of one of the main characters (I won't say more). Needless to say, this book is not for children or the faint of heart. The chase scenes are exciting and I found myself staying up late to finish the book (I wanted to see how it ended). Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 1 April 2007
Excellent book written in a great style that makes you want to read the whole thing in one sitting. First book I've read in a while since Michael Marshall Smith's 'The Straw Men' where I've actually started taking a longer route on the Northern Line into work just so I can get through a few more pages!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 17 Jun 2013
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I stumbled across this author and book and thought it worth a punt. It turned into a great edge of the seat read which I had trouble putting down. Needless to say I have read the follow up in book two and it carry's on where it left off.

Great work Mr Quinlan, keep em coming sir!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoked = Smoking 5 Feb 2013
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Absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down. Great characters, fast pace. Superb action. What's not to like? Can't wait to read the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hit the spot 4 Jan 2013
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Bargain price for a really good read. Started off a bit slow, but like a small snowball on a hill it's gathers pace and crashes on grabbing you with it to the end... then you think to yourself... hell I wanna do that again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch 7 Oct 2012
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New author to me but we'll be hearing a lot more. Downloaded all his titles. Roller coaster ride from start to finish.
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3.0 out of 5 stars uneven but nonetheless enjoyable 14 May 2012
By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I thought the opening chapter of Smoked was excellent. If the whole book had managed to keep up the same pace and style it would have been a cracker. As it was, the following chapters got bogged down in back story and manoeuvring characters into position rather than driving the story along, before picking back up in the second half. Once it does pick-up it careens along nicely to the end. Quinlan is particularly good at creating a set of larger than life characters that are well penned. Scenes are generally well told, especially those with action in, and the dialogue is credible. I can easily see the story converting to the big screen. Overall, a book that didn't quite live up to the promise of the opening few pages but nonetheless an enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pure adrenaline
So much adrenaline for this debut novel by Patrick Quinlan. A story à la Pulp Fiction, but with more likable characters (I'm not crazy about Tarantino). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anakina
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
This began with a bang but then seemed to wither a bit, only picking up again in the second half of the book. Characters are big and brassy and the dialogue runs smoothly. Read more
Published 6 months ago by somnus
5.0 out of 5 stars SMOKED
I can't stop kicking myself,the fact it has taken me 3 year's to find this Author,i came across the book by chance,and once i had started reading it i could not put it down it took... Read more
Published 9 months ago by BrianO
2.0 out of 5 stars Smoked
OK but not exceptional

Would not recommend his book to anyone else

Do not think that I would want to read another book by this author
Published 15 months ago by TONY BRIDDON
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Really good story, well worth getting. Such a Shame it had to finish, I can't wait to get the next!!
Published 18 months ago by Andrew J. Millar
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
wow what a good read for 77p really enjoyed this book good characters and plenty of action would recommend it
Published 22 months ago by mac
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
The title was what reeled me in the book. The rest was the authors writing style and amazing way to tell a story. I am on a roll with three good ereads in 2 weeks.
Published on 1 Aug 2012 by Mathew
4.0 out of 5 stars Smoked but not inhaled
This is the first Patrick Quinlan novel I've come across - rather belatedly, I'm afraid as this is a seriously good read. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2011 by Michael Watson
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