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Every Man a Menace: A Novel av Patrick…
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Every Man a Menace: A Novel (utgåvan 2017)

av Patrick Hoffman (Författare)

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"San Francisco is about to receive the biggest delivery of MDMA to hit the West Coast in years. Raymond Gaspar, just out of prison, is sent to the city to check in on the increasingly erratic dealer expected to take care of distribution. In Miami, the man responsible for getting the drugs across the Pacific has just met the girl of his dreams--a woman who can't seem to keep her story straight. And thousands of miles away in Bangkok, someone farther up the supply chain is about to make a phone call that will put all their lives at risk. Stretching from the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia to the Golden Gate of San Francisco."--Jacket.… (mer)
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Titel:Every Man a Menace: A Novel
Författare:Patrick Hoffman (Författare)
Info:Grove Press (2017), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
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Every Man A Menace reads like a Quentin Tarantino movie if in book form.

This novel is broken up into five main parts and when reading the first part, I had no idea where the novel was heading. It was like climbing into a car being driven by some rambling kook, not knowing which direction the trip would be heading (this metaphor being a good, entertaining thing).

On the one hand, I don't know how to describe the plot other than in the broad sense, the book is basically a tale about international drug trafficking and the byzantine world of who can you trust and who you can't trust and never being able to know for one hundred percent.

The novel is really not that long - a little over 17o pages - however, with the character development and number of characters, its length is misleading and in one way, it sort of reads like an epic tale.

I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it (I have not read too many Elmore Leonard novels - but plan to - and imagine, readers of Leonard will like this book). One interesting part of the book is the section dealing with a character after taking LSD. It's written in such a way to be believable in its clarity a capture of what an episode is possibly like. ( )
  EricEllis | Sep 2, 2017 |
Synopsis/blurb......

Patrick Hoffman burst onto the crime fiction scene with The White Van, a bank heist thriller set in the back streets of San Francisco and a finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. Now he returns with his second novel, Every Man a Menace, the inside story of a ruthless ecstasy-smuggling ring.

San Francisco is about to receive the biggest delivery of MDMA to hit the West Coast in years. Raymond Gaspar, just out of prison, is sent to the city to check in on the increasingly erratic dealer expected to take care of distribution. In Miami, the man responsible for getting the drugs across the Pacific has just met the girl of his dreams—a woman who can't seem to keep her story straight. And thousands of miles away in Bangkok, someone farther up the supply chain is about to make a phone call that will put all their lives at risk. Stretching from the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia to the Golden Gate of San Francisco, Every Man a Menace offers an unflinching account of the making, moving, and selling of the drug known as Molly—pure happiness sold by the brick, brought to market by bloodshed and betrayal.
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My take....

From the blurb this book sounds right up my street and I'm fairly sure I enjoyed it up to a point. (Read last year in June, 2016 and scored at a 4 from 5 on the arbitrary scoreboard.)

My major memory is of a big WTF moment maybe a third of the way in which totally threw me. I kind of felt a sense of disconnection from the book immediately afterwards, which if that was the author's intention........10/10 top marks! Never saw that one coming.

Thereafter things are kind of fuzzy - maybe someone slipped me some Molly while I read on in an amnesic stupor.

A friend has told me that the measure of a good book isn't whether you have recall of all the details, just your reaction to it when reading it and just after you've finished. That said I'm disappointed in myself.

The first section sees Raymond Gaspar, released from prison and sent to supervise and intercede if necessary in a regular drug deal which one of his protectors in prison set-up and receives a cut from. Arthur, Gaspar's benefactor appears concerned that one of the parties in the deal is acting strangely and may want them replaced by Raymond. Raymond does as instructed, but the two parties may not be quite so amenable or pliable as Arthur has led him to believe.

Tense and claustrophic is how I would describe the atmosphere around Raymond as he tries to manipulate events to his end. This doesn't go well.

After that......who knows. I could try and skim the book and blag it, but CBA. I do intend to re-read, maybe I'll go at a pace of a chapter a day, so can re-read without seriously affecting the other books on the go.

Overall enjoyable, but I could be an unreliable narrator!

4 from 5

I have Patrick Hoffman's acclaimed novel The White Van on the shelf somewhere.

The author has his website here.
http://www.patrickhoffmanbooks.com/
He's on Twitter - @pdchoffman
https://twitter.com/pdchoffman?lang=en

Read in June, 2016
Published - 2016
Page count - 288
Source - Edelweiss Above the Treeline early reviewer site
Format - Kindle

https://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/patrick-hoffman-every-man-menace-2106.htm... ( )
  col2910 | Aug 3, 2017 |
I've read lots of books about drugs, but this was the first that really went in depth and focused on the operation as a whole. Hoffman provides fascinating insight, back stories, insider knowledge, and twists and turns to make this a fascinating and dark read. 5 separate, yet related, short stories intertwine to put together the puzzle of a complex ecstasy smuggling operation that spans continents. Flawlessly executed and plotted this is a must read for crime fiction readers. This would also make an excellent movie adaptation. ( )
  ecataldi | Jul 28, 2017 |
Here I am peacefully reading a tale of the drug trade, when a curveball comes out of nowhere. All of a sudden you know this tome is setting you up for a bumpy ride. After the first tangent, you come to expect the unexpected but it comes with flair. This is far from my favorite read ever, I prefer stories with some good guys. Or, at least let some of the bad guys who are a little less despicable win. That said, this is a well written story that pulls you in. Pick up a copy... you won't regret it, although you may feel a little dirty after the last page. ( )
  bearlyr | Jan 12, 2017 |
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"San Francisco is about to receive the biggest delivery of MDMA to hit the West Coast in years. Raymond Gaspar, just out of prison, is sent to the city to check in on the increasingly erratic dealer expected to take care of distribution. In Miami, the man responsible for getting the drugs across the Pacific has just met the girl of his dreams--a woman who can't seem to keep her story straight. And thousands of miles away in Bangkok, someone farther up the supply chain is about to make a phone call that will put all their lives at risk. Stretching from the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia to the Golden Gate of San Francisco."--Jacket.

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