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The Bouncer
07 Aug 2018 * EBOOK * £4.49 * 9781788543750

In David Gordon's new thriller, nothing and no one is as expected – from a vial of yellow fragrance to a gangster who moonlights in women's clothes.

Fiction / FH (Thrillers)
Extent: 272 pages
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The Hard Stuff
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The Bouncer: A diabolically imaginative thrillerJoe the Bouncer, 1by David Gordon

If you like a heavy dose of mayhem with their murder, this is crime fiction at its most fresh and most fun.

Joe Brody is just your average Dostoevsky-reading, Harvard-expelled strip club bouncer who has a highly classified military history and a best friend from Catholic school who happens to be head mafioso Gio Caprisi.

FBI agent Donna Zamora, the best shot in her class at Quantico, is a single mother stuck at a desk manning the hotline. Their storylines intersect over a tip from a cokehead that leads to a crackdown on Gio's strip joint in Queens and Joe's arrest.

Outside the jailhouse, the Fed and the bouncer lock eyes, as Gordon launches them both headlong into a non-stop plot that goes from back-road gun running to high-stakes perfume heist, and manages to touch everyone from the CIA to the Triads. Beneath it all lurks a sinister criminal mastermind whose manipulations could cause chaos on a massively violent scale.

'A brilliantly goofy caper novel in the grand tradition of Donald E. Westlake' NEW YORK TIMES.

'[David Gordon], who has been turning out delightfully offbeat tales of fringe crooks with plenty of pizzazz (The Serialist, 2010; Mystery Girl, 2013), now stakes his claim as a major player in the comic-thriller world' BOOKLIST, Starred Review.

David Gordon holds an MA in English and Comparative Literature and an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. His work has appeared in the Paris Review, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

The Serialist won the VCU/Cabell First Novel Award and was a finalist for an Edgar Award.

Kinetic and violent – we dare you to like this book.

MARKET: Richard Stark; Donald Westlake.


'A tour-de-force, ranging from underworld crime to a unique caper and a terrorist plot. David Gordon brings an outstanding new voice to the contemporary crime novel' Robert Crais, bestselling author of The Wanted and other Elvis Cole novels

'Fast, funny and tough, David Gordon's The Bouncer will toss you over his shoulder like King Kong and carry you away' Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition

'A treat – a hard-edged thriller that makes you feel good while you're reading it. Give it to someone. They'll thank you' Thomas Perry, New York Times bestselling author of The Bomb Maker

Funny, with a satirical edge... Gordon knows how to write a potboiler' Los Angeles Times

'Darkly comic, stylish literary thriller' Associated Press

Clever plotting and a light-hearted tone add charm to this lively caper despite its multiple violent deaths... Lots of fun' Sunday Times

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