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Devil's Food: A Loretta Kovacs Novel (Book 1)
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Devil's Food: A Loretta Kovacs Novel (Book 1) [Format Kindle]

Anthony Bruno

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Présentation de l'éditeur

“Bruno’s characters are more than just quirky dressing for the plot…it moves fast and furious, but along the way his characters’ struggles with their own doubts and failings anchor the reader to them.” —THE NASHVILLE BANNER

In DEVIL'S FOOD, the first book in the Loretta Kovacs thriller series, it’s make-it-or-break-it time for zaftig Loretta when she’s assigned to the ragtag Parole Violators Search Unit, a.k.a. the Jump Squad. All her buttons are pushed when she goes undercover as a desperate dieter at a Florida fat farm in order to nab an embezzler who’s a perfect size 2. 

Biographie de l'auteur

Crime writer Anthony Bruno has published both fiction and non-fiction. He is the author of Seven (based on the hit film starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman); The Iceman - The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killerr; and The Seekers - A Bounty Hunter's Story with Joshua Armstrong.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 241 pages
  • Editeur : Diversion Books (18 mars 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00J2IU7ZY
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Unlikeable characters 3 septembre 2011
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Wow, I thought with the 5 star reviews that I would love this book. I was wrong-I hated it. I am not hard to please when it comes to fiction and will generally overlook many flaws in a book. However, the main characters in this book are just horrible, terrible people! You have a slightly overweight woman who is not just caustic and mean to the people she deals with-she is caustic and mean in her own personal thoughts also.
I believe the author wants us to feel sorry for her because she has a weight problem. However, it is hard to do so when she complains about every possible avenue of help she tries for the problem. Previously, she went to a weight camp and all she did was fight and complain that she didn't get results when she refused to do anything they asked her to. This lady even pauses in the middle of a fight to eat an eclair! Really?!? Loretta-people don't hate you because you are overweight, they hate you because you are a terrible human being who whines and complains and actually keeps thinking of sleeping with a man who's wife is dying of cancer!
And Marvelli isn't much better-he is thinking the same thing! I really like to cheer for the heroes in the books I read but I was hoping both of them would get offed about half way through. The only character that had any humanity was the probation violator they were hunting for. And she didn't have much!
I did finish the book-I kept hoping it would get better. It did not. After freshly burying the wife he professes to love, Marvelli is looking at Loretta as a possible substitute. Are people really that cold? If they are, I really don't want them as the hero in a book I am reading.
That said; the book was well edited and the author wrote with an easy to read, flowing style. The two stars are for his writing style but, unfortunately, not for the content.
12 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Move over Stephanie Plum--there's a new girl in town 18 avril 2013
Par katherine tomlinson - Publié sur
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In Anthony Bruno's novel, two members of the New Jersey "jump squad" track a parole violator to Florida where an IRS agent and a murderous bike are competing to grab her.

For Loretta Kovacs, working on the Parole Violation Search Unit (aka "the Jump Squad") is the last rung on the ladder taking her career in law enforcement to the bottom. She's 34 years old, she's fat and she's single, and she constantly has to fight a voice in her head that constantly reminds her of all of those things. Things began to go bad for Loretta at Pinebrook Women's Correctional Facility where Loretta was working as an assistant warden when she ended up being taken hostage by a psycho drug dealer serving life for murder. Loretta still has flashbacks about her treatment at the hands of Brenda Montgomery. If she can't make this job with the Jump Squad work, Loretta is afraid she's going to have to admit to her disapproving father that she should have gone to law school as he wanted her to. Paired up with sexy partner Frank Marvella (shades of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series), Loretta has one week to retrieve parole violater Martha Lee Spooner .

Right about the time Loretta is wondering if Frank Marvelli sleeps in the nude, most readers are going to lose sympathy with her. We can believe he looks pretty tasty to her, despite what she describes as his "greaseball" hairstyle, but it's clear to everyone that while he appreciates her thick attractiveness, he's in love with his dying wife

Bruno is a versatile writer who's written biographies of criminals and several different series, several of them with women at the center. His female characters here feel exaggerated. They think about sex a lot. It's nice that people find Loretta attractive despite her extra weight, but for women who read mysteries, this isn't a novelty. There are a lot of plus-size protagonists of mysteries, especially in the cozy sub-genre.

The problem with the other characters is that Bruno has clearly built in the quirks to be QUIRKY with a capital Q but there's not much to them. We can see that if this book kicks off a series, he would pluck the same note over and over and it's not going to wear well in the long run. (Series that run a long time, like Evanovich's, have characters that you want to hang out with, and even then, readers will start to complain if the same shtick is used too often.)

Bruno "headhops" in the book, showing us the story from several different points of view, and all that does is show that all of his characters are kind of shallow. The real problem with the book, which is dated (who uses faxes anymore?), is that the plot is both overly complicated and way, way, way too convenient and contrived.

The plot just gets more and more unlikely. When Martha Lee finds a murderer in her room, the only thing she can think to do is seduce him. Smart move, actually, but when we come in on her next, she's thinking about how he's hung like a Louisville slugger, and again we want to just bitch-slap the writer. Seriously? Really? She's acting like an extra in SEX AND THE CITY while being chased to hell and back by people who want to kill her?

This book is mildly entertaining, no more, and there are many books that do the same thing, only better.
13 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent! Loretta and Frank rule! 1 décembre 1999
Par Babs - Publié sur
It's wacky! It's wild! It makes you hungry! It makes you laugh out loud! And it even tugs at your heart strings!
Join in the fun as chunky Loretta(one tough mama with 'tude) and greaseball Frankie(sexy, sensitive, vulnerable, and Italian!) race to a fat farm to bring back a parole violating gal.
What makes this such a great hilarious book is the characters. All oddballs.
And kudos to the author for dealing straightforwardly with such issues as obesity and dying.
It's a fast read and romp. Pick it up. You won't be disappointed. After all, who can not break into squeals of laughter when the the female lead refers to her partner as a "slaphappy chipmunk."
9 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Food and humor make the book. 22 juillet 1997
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Two things especially work to make Devil's Food standout in the genre mastered by Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiassen. They are the novel's food oriented humor and its food obsessed heroine. No chapter is complete without food references, which range from catalogs of high cholesterol munchies to satirical jabs at the tiny, tasteless portions served to the hungry dieters at a fat farm. Anthony Bruno, the author, is especially good at caricature. He manages the difficult feat of making believable and hilarious such characters as the hunted, calculating parole violator, her sidekick motorcycle hit man, and her unctious, hypocrital boss, the head of the fat farm. This book would be a ten were it not for the teary, dreary sub-plot stuff about the heroine's partner and his dying wife
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Similar to Stephanie Plum but not as funny. 23 mars 2014
Par C. S. Jennings - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I liked the book but did not love it. It has a marked similarity to Stephanie Plum mysteries but not as funny as they are. I chuckled during my reading of this book. I laugh till the tears run down my cheeks in a Stephanie Plum Mystery. If the author had named the male part of this team a different name I would have liked it better. It was just too close to Morelli. Made you think of the other, better books immediately. Really wasn't fair to the characters. Still the potential for real fun was there. I may well read book two to see if it is more developed in that book. Not all bad not all good. Bears a second look.
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