Lucky Bastard

Lucky Bastard

Book - 2012 | First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
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"A radically funny, irreverent, satirical novel about a loan shark who is able to steal people's luck--perfect for fans of bestselling authors Christopher Moore and Chuck Palahniuk. Nick Monday is a private detective with a penchant for coffeehouse baristas and the ability to steal other people's luck. Politicians and celebrities. Lottery winners and game show contestants. Accident survivors and successful athletes. All it takes is a handshake and Nick walks away with their good fortune, which he sells on the black market to the highest bidder. But lately, business has been slow. So when the sexy daughter of San Francisco's mayor offers Nick $100,000 to find her father's stolen luck, Nick thinks this is his big break. But he soon ends up blackmailed by the feds, kidnapped by the Chinese mafia, and accosted by vegans and angry naked women with knives...all while trying to save a ten-year-old kid with the purest luck he's ever seen. Hailed as "pitch-perfect" by The Washington Post and deemed "one of America's best satiric novelists" by Kirkus Reviews, Browne's masterful combination of humor and biting social commentary make for an irresistible read"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, [2012]
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781451657197
Branch Call Number: BRO
Characteristics: 358 pages ;,21 cm

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bheat4141
Jan 08, 2016

I have been a big fan of Browne's earlier books (notably Fated and Breathers) and was excited to get into this novel. Unfortunately, I found myself dissapointed in comparison to the bar that was set by Fated and Breathers in my eyes.

I found it a bit disjointed and lacking depth for many characters and plot events. This is not necessarily a "bad" book, it was enjoyable, but in comparison to what I had come to expect through the prior novels this one fell well short. I will continue to read Browne's books but I will re-evaluate that if he can't get back to the level he achieved with his first two.

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bookpusher
Nov 04, 2012

Interesting concept, but I was quite uncomfortable with the way the luck is expelled from his body! lol.....I did laugh out loud quite a few times and I'd read another by this author.

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