Plugged Hardcover – 12 May 2011
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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 )
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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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 ›
Now he's growing up fast...well, sort of. He was picked to pen a sequel to the Hitch-hikers Guide `trilogy' of the late great Douglas Adams, and did a fine job of it.
With Plugged he gets grittier still, following the ups-and-mostly-downs of nightclub bouncer Dan, who finds himself tangling with extremely nasty types from the New Jersey drug-dealing trade.
Colfer's humour keeps the ball rolling, bringing to mind past stars like Joseph Wambaugh.
A fine bit of fun for a long journey.
With that in mind I was extremely excited to read Colfer's foray into adult fiction and in all honesty I was quite disappointed with his resulting attempt. I completed the book in 2 days, more to finish it than out of actual curiosity.
The protagonist (Dan McEvoy) is quite likeable but his background story is a little unconvincing with new details introduced conveniently throughout the book, almost as an afterthought. In contrast to his Artemis Fowl series this book reads as if it was written without much planning, almost organically as Colfer imagined up his several plot lines, which intersect again in quite unconvincing ways. There's nothing worse in a work of fiction than when a protagonist's problems are all solved within a chapter or two, without much explanation and in unrealistic ways (those who read the book will understand!). The criminals (and actually even McEvoy) seem like unprofessional buffoons who owe most of their success to dumb luck or incompetent policing.
I've rated the book 3 stars as it was still mildly entertaining to read and I love Eoin Colfer as an author, I just wish that this book had more semblance to the style, clever plot ideas and comprehensiveness of the Artemis Fowl series.
Despite being disappointed with this book I will most likely read the sequel, just to see if it's an improvement on this effort! If you are looking for a reincarnation of the Artemis Fowl series, I don't think that you will find it here.
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liked this a lot. likable character, enough depth to keep you interested whilst staying entertaining. Read morePublished 20 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 21 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
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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
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