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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: 16.1 x 24 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,229,575 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 By N. Wood on 25 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
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 By A Customer on 9 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elliott ness on 29 Aug 2006
Format: Hardcover
Take some lock stock and two smoking barrels then snatch some pulp fiction and throw in a few reservoir dogs and before you can say 'kill bill!'...Ok you get the gist. As the notes hinted, this is one story very worthy of the Tarantino effect, and if he doesn't want it, maybe Guy Ritchie could resurrect his CV after the debacle that was Revolver.

It's a quick, fast, edge of the seat read. Other reviewers have added that it's raw and gritty. It's dark n broody and its funny. Almost black comedy with a burgeoning body count.

It's Quinlan's first novel and I'm already looking forward to the next. Maybe it will be a continuation of this story, who knows, but this author sure makes one mighty Irish-American punch. You really do have to read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julian Phillips on 1 April 2007
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jun 2007
Format: Hardcover
Is there life outside the Mob without going into a witness protection program? Smoked makes the case for criminals being able to reform at least to the extent of foregoing crime (except to escape Mob killers) in favor of retirement with beautiful young women. As you can see the book's theme is really about fantasy: confronting and overcoming almost demonic killers, being able to retire young, enjoying an uncomplicated love life, and having freedom to live as you like. Those in favor of some escapist fiction will feel rewarded by Smoked.

What makes the book rise above the average is its focus on the foolishness and foibles of bad guys, a quality that will remind you of Elmore Leonard's stories about stupid crooks in Detroit. The main twist here is that the criminals are either stone killers or physically developed people who love using their size and strength against others.

On the anti-hero side, you have a few surprises too. James "Smoke" Duggan (born Wally O'Malley) is sixtyish and a cripple who needs a cane. He uses his brains and bomb-making abilities to offset his physical limitations. Smoke's twenty-five-year-old girl friend, Lola Bell, makes up for his lack of physical toughness with her martial arts which are honed to prevent a repetition of being raped as a teenager. Both are secretive . . . which accounts for why Smoke doesn't know that she almost suffered a recurrence during a "modeling" audition . . . and why Lola doesn't know that Smoke used to work for the Mob and helped kill dozens on a plane.

Into their path come the stone-cold killer, Denny Cruz, and two nasty assistants, Moss and Fingers, after Smoke is spotted and photographed on a Portland, Maine street. The Mob hunters find that life isn't quite what they expected as they trail the $2.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jun 2007
Format: Paperback
Is there life outside the Mob without going into a witness protection program? Smoked makes the case for criminals being able to reform at least to the extent of foregoing crime (except to escape Mob killers) in favor of retirement with beautiful young women. As you can see the book's theme is really about fantasy: confronting and overcoming almost demonic killers, being able to retire young, enjoying an uncomplicated love life, and having freedom to live as you like. Those in favor of some escapist fiction will feel rewarded by Smoked.

What makes the book rise above the average is its focus on the foolishness and foibles of bad guys, a quality that will remind you of Elmore Leonard's stories about stupid crooks in Detroit. The main twist here is that the criminals are either stone killers or physically developed people who love using their size and strength against others.

On the anti-hero side, you have a few surprises too. James "Smoke" Duggan (born Wally O'Malley) is sixtyish and a cripple who needs a cane. He uses his brains and bomb-making abilities to offset his physical limitations. Smoke's twenty-five-year-old girl friend, Lola Bell, makes up for his lack of physical toughness with her martial arts which are honed to prevent a repetition of being raped as a teenager. Both are secretive . . . which accounts for why Smoke doesn't know that she almost suffered a recurrence during a "modeling" audition . . . and why Lola doesn't know that Smoke used to work for the Mob and helped kill dozens on a plane.

Into their path come the stone-cold killer, Denny Cruz, and two nasty assistants, Moss and Fingers, after Smoke is spotted and photographed on a Portland, Maine street. The Mob hunters find that life isn't quite what they expected as they trail the $2.
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