Monday, September 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Big Numbers by Jack Getze (Review and Giveaway)

About the book

Root for divorced dad Austin Carr, a funny, oversexed scamp who'll use anything and everything to get his kids back.

Divorced father Austin Carr wakes up every day in a beat-up camper, parked on someone else's private property. Why? Because his alimony and child support payments were established by New Jersey's family court system when his income was double, and for the last two years he has failed to earn the legally mandated monthly nut. He's had his savings drained, his Maxima repossessed, his salary attached, and his visiting rights suspended. He bought the twelve-year-old Chevy pick-up with the rusty camper for $800 last month because another landlord tossed his butt in the street. Will stretching the rules, his own morals, and the boundaries of common sense raise the cash needed to get his kids back? Or will his big mouth and bad behavior set him up for a nasty double-cross? Find out if Austin can redeem himself and win back his children.

My review…

This is the first book in the Austin Carr mystery series. My first thought was…a stockbroker hero??? Mmm…well, let’s give it a try. To my surprise, it worked! It really did!

Talk about a character who is “down and out” – that’s Austin Carr. I don’t think I ever read a character who had so many bad things happen to him. At times, I found it hard to root for him but at other times I wanted him to succeed. I was torn!

It’s a good, funny story filled with suspense and adventure. I like that a couple of characters may not be as bad (or as good) as you might think.

What I really loved – there were so many twists and turns you didn’t know if you were coming or going. I read this one in a few days and really enjoyed the blend of mystery with humor. It had me laughing at times and cringing at others. It’s one of those books you want to read straight through even if it meant missing a few night’s sleep.

That’s how it was with Big Numbers – twists, turns and a plot to keep readers extremely interested. A great start to the series!

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Former Los Angeles Times reporter Jack Getze is Fiction Editor for Anthony nominated Spinetingler Magazine, one of the internet's oldest websites for noir, crime, and horror short stories. Through the Los Angeles Times/Washington Post News Syndicate, his news and feature stories were published in over five-hundred newspapers and periodicals worldwide. His two screwball mysteries, BIG NUMBERS and BIG MONEY, are being reissued by DOWN & OUT BOOKS, with the new BIG MOJO to follow. His short stories have appeared in A Twist of Noir and Beat to a Pulp. Getze is an Active Member of Mystery Writers of America’s New York Chapter.

Author Links

Book Giveaway!

Now you can win an e-book of Big Numbers by Jack Getze for your very own. Thanks to the author, I can offer two e-books to two lucky winners. 

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The giveaway begins on September 30th (midnight est) and ends on October 14th (midnight est).

The winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

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  1. Don't worry, Blodeuedd. I usually slip away with minor wounds. And thanks for the kind words, Yvonne. I appreciate your taking the time to try Getze's work, thrilled you liked me. Not everybody does -- as I was reminded this weekend. :) If you don't mind, I'll check back now and then, see if anyone has questions. I'd love to hang out. Getze is busy playing Frisbee with the dog. The cat is still mad at him for going to Bouchercon.

  2. This blend of mystery and humor sounds terrific, Yvonne! Wonderful post today. I will try to add this giveaway to my sidebar. Thank you for hosting this giveaway :)

  3. I would be interested to hear what anyone thinks about the cover. It is now the boss's feeling that the "humor" is so darkly illustrated, it's hidden. I'm hearing from a few people on Goodreads they didn't expect the book to be funny at all. (Yikes!) All thoughts appreciated. Still time to influence #2, BIG MONEY.

    1. I liked the cover, but if I was going just by the cover, I wouldn't have thought it had any humor in it. It would have made me think of a dark suspense/thriller type of book.

  4. Great listing and cover photos of you and of the books. The review peaked my interest even more. I'm looking
    forward to reading your book soon.

  5. Book sounds like an interesting mystery. Has me intrigued.
    Barbara Thompson


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