Lucky Bastard

Lucky Bastard

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Baker & Taylor
"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"--

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Having a supernatural ability to steal others' good luck, private detective Nick Monday receives dwindling side profits from the black market until a job offer from the daughter of San Francisco's mayor makes Nick a target.
Possessing a supernatural ability to steal the good luck of others, private detective Nick Monday receives dwindling side profits from the black market until a lucrative job offer from the daughter of San Francisco's mayor causes Nick to be targeted by blackmailers, kidnappers and vegans. 50,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
Meet Nick Monday: a private detective who’s more Columbo than Sam Spade, more Magnum P.I. than Philip Marlowe. As San Francisco’s infamous luck poacher, Nick doesn’t know whether his ability to swipe other people’s fortunes with a simple handshake is a blessing or a curse. Ever since his youth, Nick has swallowed more than a few bitter truths when it comes to wheeling and dealing in destinies. Because whether the highest bidders of Nick’s serendipitous booty are celebrities, yuppies, or douche bag vegans, the unsavory fact remains: luck is the most powerful, addictive, and dangerous drug of them all. And no amount of cappuccinos, Lucky Charms, or apple fritters can sweeten the notion that Nick might be exactly what his father once claimed—as ambitious as a fart.

That is, until Tuesday Knight, the curvy brunette who also happens to be the mayor’s daughter, approaches Nick with an irresistible offer: $100,000 to retrieve her father’s stolen luck. Could this high-stakes deal let Nick do right? Or will kowtowing to another greedmonger’s demands simply fund Nick’s addiction to corporate coffee bars while his morality drains down the toilet? Before he downs his next mocha, Nick finds himself at the mercy of a Chinese mafia kingpin and with no choice but to scour the city for the purest kind of luck, a hunt more titillating than softcore porn. All he has to do to stay ahead of the game is remember that you can’t take something from someone without eventually paying like hell for it. . . .

Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451657197
Branch Call Number: BRO
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 21 cm


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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.

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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