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Suicide Squeezeby Victor Gischler
Synopses & Reviews
Following his fast-and-furious noir thrillers, Gun Monkeys and The Pistol Poets, Victor Gischler returns with a full throttle suspense novel that pits an eccentric collector against an unlikely repo man. Teddy Folger is bored with his life, so he burns down his comic-book store for the insurance money. The plan: sail to a distant island where he can drink rum and chase women. But things don't work out quite as Teddy planned.... Connor Samson is repo man extraordinaire, and he's reclaimed Teddy's boat. But Connor doesn't know about the priceless stowaway on board. Soon, billionaire collector Ahira Kurisaka and a gang of would-be ninjas are hot on Connor's trail--and they'll stop at nothing to get what they want. With chaos just a few steps behind him, Connor is going to have to act fast... or become just another expendable on a bloody path to the ultimate collectible. With an eccentric cast of criminals and everymen, Suicide Squeeze showcases Gischler's thrilling, and often hilarious, wordsmanship in a tough, gritty, and enormously entertaining crime caper.
"The idea of the repo man as crime solver has been popular since Joe Gores's San Francisco series; Bill Eidson is a recent convert. Now Gischler, who earned an Edgar nomination for his debut, Gun Monkeys (2003), gets in on the act with his third novel, which features a down-at-the-heels repo man, Conner Samson, who's hired to take back a sloop, the Electric Jenny, from its defaulting owner, Teddy Folger. Folger has burned down his comic book and baseball card store in Pensacola, Fla., for the insurance, and now plans to sail away from his old life — and wife — on the craft. But what Conner soon discovers is that an almost priceless treasure, a baseball card signed in 1954 by both Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, is hidden on the Jenny — and that a Japanese collector with a team of deadly ninjas will kill anyone who gets in the way of his acquiring it. Gischler is a light and clever satirist who knows how to keep a narrative moving, and Conner, who has connections to the Southern art world and a foxy married ladyfriend named Tyranny Jones, is a character well worth another visit. Agent, Noah Lukeman at Lukeman Literary Management. (Apr. 5)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The Edgar Award-nominated author of Gun Monkeys delivers an adrenaline rush of a novel that features a special appearance by Joe DiMaggio.
The high spot of Teddy Folger's life was the day in 1954 that he got an autographed baseball card from Joe DiMaggio himself. It's been downhill ever since. Which is why he just unloaded his freeloading wife and torched his own comic-book store–in one of the stupidest insurance scams in history. Enter Conner Samson. The down-on-his-luck repo man has just been hired to repossess Teddy's boat. Little does he know there's a baseball card on board that some men are willing to kill for. Thus begins a rip-roaring cross-country odyssey–and with bodies piling up, the squeeze is on for the penultimate piece of Americana. And Conner will be lucky if he ends up back where he started: broke and (still) breathing.
About the Author
Victor Gischler lives in the wilds of Skiatook, Oklahoma–a long, long way from a Starbuck's. His wife, Jackie, thinks he is a silly individual. He drinks black, black coffee all day long and sleeps about seven minutes a night. Victor's first novel, Gun Monkeys, was nominated for the Edgar Award.
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