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The Hard Stuff
12 Dec 2019 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781838933135

In the sequel to David Gordon's The Bouncer, New York City's most hardened mob bosses team up once again, this time to pull off a high-stakes drug heist.

Fiction / FH (Thrillers)
Extent: 320 pages
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The Bouncer
Against the Law
Also in Joe the Bouncer series
The Hard StuffJoe the Bouncer, 2by David Gordon

The hotly anticipated sequel to David Gordon's The Bouncer.

For readers who like high-calibre humour mixed with their hard crime, here's a brilliant, pyrotechnic thriller from a fresh virtuoso of the crime caper genre.

Ex-black-ops-specialist-turned-strip-club-bouncer Joe Brody has a new qualification to add to his resume: he's the 'sheriff' for an alliance of New York City's mob bosses. In the straight world, you call the cops – in the underworld, you call Joe.

He's detoxing – too much of the hard stuff – at the clinic of a Chinese herbalist when the call comes in: the bosses need Joe to help them with – ironically – a high-end heroin problem.

A new drug dealer is in town and the bosses think they might be an Al Quaeda splinter group, trading dope for diamonds to fund a major-league terrorist atrocity. And that would just be bad for business.

Joe has a plan. He's a man who knows how to take down a terrorist cell. But first he needs a hit of the hard stuff – diamonds, this time – and lots of them...

Praise for The Bouncer:

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

'The Bouncer will toss you over his shoulder like King Kong and carry you away' MAX ALLAN COLLINS

'David Gordon brings an outstanding new voice to the contemporary crime novel' ROBERT CRAIS

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.


'The action pops and crackles and the dialogue – particularly amongst the various gangsters – positively zings. The Hard Stuff is a fast and furious crime caper which reminded me of the crime novels of one of my favourite American writers of about twenty years ago, Doug J. Swanson' Shotsmag

A caper of confusing, twisting storylines... Like his literary contemporary James Paterson, the action comes thick and fast... Unlike Paterson we are firmly sided with the bad guys' News Letter

There are twists and turns... The action comes thick and fast in short chapters that add to the pace of the book' Scotsman

'This series is as good as any in the heist genre: the complex planning, the detail in execution and the unexpected twists and turns as things roll out are a joy to read' Crime Review

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