Anyone out there remember Artemis Fowl? Artemis Fowl was the boy hero of Eoin Colfer’s wildly successful kids’ series in which the world of super-spies collides with the world of Faery. Based on his body of work, Colfer was even chosen for the highly-coveted honour of penning the final “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” book on behalf of the late Douglas Adams. I had forgotten all about that.
Which was funny, because about 2/3 of the way through Plugged, I thought to myself : this is what noir would look and sound like if Douglas Adams had written it!
Daniel McEvoy is an Irish ex-pat, living it up on the seedy underside of small-town New Jersey. He is a balding bouncer at a low-class strip joint, but it allows him to pursue the really important things in life – his on-again-off-again pseudo-relationship with one of the club’s dancers and his brand new hair plugs!
But then his girlfriend winds up dead in the parking lot of the club. And his hair plug specialist is in the wind, leaving behind a wrecked office and a mob hitman that Daniel has no chance to avoid killing. Daniel has ideas, though, about what is happening and what to do about it. And he is not unwilling to fall back on his military background to make it happen.
What ensues is all that you imagine might happen when the overblown egos of organized crime run smack-dab into the angry fist of an Irishman who finds himself wronged. Daniel McEvoy is perhaps the only hair-plug recipient I have ever encountered in literature who remains sympathetic in the face of his vanity. And watching his exploits is a delight! So make a cuppa, sit back, and prepare for some generalized mayhem!
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