Thursday, January 16, 2014

Big Numbers by Jack Getze Review

Laugh at divorced dad Austin Carr, a funny, oversexed scamp who’ll do anything to get his kids back. Think Bugs Bunny with guns and a penis.

Divorced dad 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? See if Austin can redeem himself and win back his children.

Just about all the worse things have happened or will happen to Austin Carr. Before the market crashed, he was a successful stockbroker. The divorce produced a hefty and quite outrageous monthly alimony that his visitation rights to his children have become suspended. No matter what it seems, his life has hit nothing but bad luck. Down on his luck, he snubs his predispositions and undertakes a venture on a bad deal. What else could go wrong for him? It will either lift him up from this massive hole he’s in or become the shovel that will take him further in. Jack Getze’s Big Numbers is the irresistible first book in the Austin Carr Mystery series.

The story is as charming as the protagonist. Austin honestly believes that his over-the-top appeal and magnetic personality are keys to escaping tight predicaments. Getze dissects his character so profoundly well that even with his belief to thrive at everything, he provides reasoning why he isn’t labeled arrogant. He is so far-fetched from your average that he comes off as being a perplexed and complicated man. Austin’s captivating appeal carried enjoyment throughout the book that it becomes tantalizing.

A lineup of well-developed characters and a stunningly written story, it is the perfect storm of a book. The pace stays on a steady path and never looks back. The mystery heightens with each turn of the page and becomes difficult where to delegate your confidence with the characters. Most mysteries have that obvious aspect but Getze makes certain that it is totally absent from the story. Nothing mundane is delivered or follows any type of cheaply made maneuver to pull a fast one on readers. Big Numbers is presented with fully fleshed-out characters and a highly intriguing mystery that shaves away predictability and grows intrigue towards upcoming books.

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Former L.A. 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. His award-winning Austin Carr mystery series is published by Down & Out Books. The latest, BIG SHOES, won Deadly Ink's David Award for Best Mystery of 2015. His short fiction has appeared in A Twist of Noir, Beat to a Pulp, The Big Adios and several anthologies.



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