The Bouncer

The Bouncer

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Book - 2018
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"In David Gordon's diabolically imaginative new thriller, The Bouncer, nothing and no one is as expected--from a vial of yellow fragrance to a gangster who moonlights in women's clothes. Joe Brody is just your average Dostoevsky-reading, Harvard-expelled strip club bouncer who has a highly classified military history and whose best friend from Catholic school 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--just one piece of a city-wide sweep aimed at flushing out anyone who might have a lead on the various terrorists whose photos are hanging on the wall under Most Wanted."--
Publisher: New York :, The Mysterious Press,, 2018.
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780802128003
Branch Call Number: FIC GORD
Characteristics: 259 pages ; 22 cm


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May 08, 2019

If you enjoy the Jack Reacher novels, this book will likely resonate with you, too. Smart, flawed, kind, ruthless hero.

Feb 15, 2019

Fast paced action in this one day read. The book is mainly centered around Joe, a flirty bouncer, who is ex-military and gets involved with crime in NY and terrorist activity. Gio, the head of a mob and best friends with Joe since childhood, hides his trans identity throughout the novel and there is very little mention of him as Gioviana.

Oct 10, 2018

This is a rollicking tale of the seamy underbelly of the mean streets of New York. The protagonist is handsome, funny and although not as tall as Jack Reacher, every bit as capable. As a caper/heist story it works well, and has a requisite number of plot twists. It is a quick read because of the fast pace and the subsequent need for the reader to find out what happens next. It reminds me a bit of the best Ed McBain novels, and that is not a bad thing. I see the possibility of sequels, and I would be happy to read them.

Aug 23, 2018

This book captured my attention in the first chapters. Joe Brody, a bouncer in a strip club owned by criminal elements, is a sympathetic sort of man who gives most people a break. His gentle nature is what endears him to the reader. What did not read well was the over-abundance of characters and plot lines: Joe's attraction to FBI agent Donna Zamora, his lifelong friendship with crime boss Gio Caprisi, the CIA, the Triads, gun running, a perfume heist, a confidential informant etc. etc. I read until the last fifty pages before I gave up, mainly because I found myself not caring what happened to our hero. A simpler plot might have been an asset for this novel. Not a bad read, but not a great one.


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Oct 15, 2018

"When the drunken football player went berserk and tried to steal a stripper, everyone yelled to get the bouncer."


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