Saturday, March 01, 2014

Sox knocker Saturday

by Robert Ferrigno
e-book original, 2013, $2.99

"From deep in the shadowy world of environmental extremism, three men emerge with a plan to save the planet.  Correction: made that three idiots.  And their plan is to kidnap a wealthy heiress in hopes of blackmailing her father into paying a multimillion-dollar ransom to the eco-charities of their choice. What could go wrong?

"If you've ever read one of Robert Ferrigno's brilliant thrillers before, you'll know the answer is "plenty." For starters, the heiress is no coddled princess.  Sure, she may be spoiled, but she's also a ballbuster.  Second, her boyfriend is a hothead ex-cop who now works in executive protection.  And third--well, let's just say her father isn't exactly bending over backward to part with any of his money.

"THE GIRL WHO CRIED WOLF is reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen's early books, back when he pioneered the "bunch of Florida wackos" genre as Dave Barry once called it.  Ferrigno's wackos are working their magic in the state of Washington, but you get the idea.  THE GIRL WHO CRIED WOLF has that same madcap flavor and humor, along with action and suspense--and a serious message as well.  (Of course, the message in Ferrigno's book is a little bit different from Hiaasen's. But still.)

"It's been far too long since we've had a new book from this amazing author--truly one of the best writers inside or outside the genre.  That makes THE GIRL WHO CRIED WOLF a very welcome return.  It's a fun book and a fast read, the perfect thing to take on vacation or read on a long weekend.  Hopefully, we won't have to wait so long for his next novel.  Buy this today and send the man a little encouragement."  --David Montgomery writing in The Strand Magazine (June-Sep 2013 issue, p 71

What knocked my sox off? David Montgomery's writing! His diction! The fact that I wanted to buy this book as soon as I read the review.  That's the very definition of compelling writing.


Anonymous said...

Agree! I want to buy it too and at 2.99 - why not??

LynnRodz said...

This plot brought to mind The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry.

Terri Lynn Coop said...

*pulls socks back up* (It's cold after all!)

*scampers off* I love this type of story.

JeffO said...

For a second, I thought we were looking at a "I must have this" query letter. Sounds like a fun book!

Nikola Vukoja said...

"From deep in the shadowy world of environmental extremism, three men emerge with a plan to save the planet. Correction: made that three idiots..."

Did I miss something or should the word after CORRECTION be MAKE ?

David J. Montgomery said...

My sister emailed me this morning saying, "Hey, this agent is talking about you!" That's so sweet of you, Janet. Thank you!

Nikola -- That's definitely a typo, but it's not mine. :)

french sojourn said...

Don't know where to start...sounds like it's right up my alley...yeah the alley adjacent to the asylum.

Lynrodz...yes that same story popped right into my mind. good observation.

thanx. Hank

Tracy Bermeo said...

When Janet recommended SEND by Patty Blount just as fervently, I was not disappointed. Heading over to Amazon right NOW!