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Frank Sinatra in a Blender

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Nick Valentine has problems. He’s a drunken ex-cop who lives in his shabby office, hangs out at strip clubs, and has only one real friend—Frank Sinatra. But he’s one of the best private investigators in St. Louis. So when an inept crew robs a credit union, only Valentine can figure out who made off with the millions.

Sometimes solving a crime takes a hard guy who’s not afra...more
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Published May 27th 2011 by Concord ePress
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Kemper
I’ve read a lot of books featuring drunk detectives in my time and it’s not like I haven’t occasionally occupied a bar stool myself, but I needed a liver transplant by the time I finished this one.

Private investigator detective Nick Valentine is asked to consult at the crime scene of an apparent suicide by his old boss, the police chief of St. Louis. Nick sets the tone for the rest of the book when he arrives with a glass of gin and snorts some oxy before going inside to talk to the cops. Howeve...more
Brandon
Frank Sinatra in a Blender. Now THAT is an eye-catching title! I was given the option to pick any novel from New Pulp Press in exchange for a review and when I read the title of Matthew McBride’s book, the choice was easy.

Nick Valentine is the definition of a raging alcoholic. If there’s a bottle of booze within reach, you bet your ass he’s going to down it. Same goes for painkillers, cocaine and any other drug he can get his hands on. Nothing appears to be off limits. If not for the fact that...more
Josh Stallings
Damn... No really Damn! This is one rip-roaring fun-ride with drug addicted alcoholic mad man at the wheel. Brilliantly written. Funny as hell. Riotously violent. Take a strong shot of classic crime fiction, add shot of gonzo, toss in a big pile of wit, a smidgen of sentimentally and bled that mother! Drink in one fast gulp. Enjoy the blurry burn. I really can't wait to read M McBride's next novel. One hell of book to step onto the crime fiction stage with.
Shamus McCarty
Jesus Christ, that was intense.

If Guy Ritchie moved to St. Louis, pulled a reverse Madonna and lost the accent, this would be his newest movie. It would have to be produced by an indie company to keep all the violence and not cheesed up like a Wayne’s Brothers movie. And the result would be a cult classic that got spread through word of mouth and posts like, “Holy crap you have to watch this movie!” on Facebook.

If this book were a cup of chili it’d be spicy ass chili. You’d take a bite then inst...more
John McNee
I'm a little conflicted. 'Frank Sinatra in a Blender' is a book that I was really enjoying right up until it was over, at which point, given even a couple of minutes to reflect I found myself with all these perturbing niggles adding up to the reader's equivalent of being left with a bad aftertaste.

I can't be sure how much of that is by design. The book is clearly wallowing in some dark and depraved places with some sleazy, scummy people. There are no boy scouts here. But it's difficult to gauge...more
Johnny
Funny, violent, and one-of-a-kind, everyone (but not their mother) should check out FRANK SINATRA IN A BLENDER. The story is fast and loose, but that's just how it should be. If it weren't rough around the edges, it wouldn't work. It would be like recording a really good punk band without any distortion. Writing isn't about perfect, it's about communication. And through his style, McBride tells exactly the story he set out to tell.

The characters, locations, and actions never fall into familiar t...more
Thomas Pluck
A title like this can be a bait & switch, like Canadian wacko poet Crad Kilodney's "Lightning Struck My Dick," which never mentions the calamity of its name. McBride delivers the goods.
See, Frank Sinatra is Nick Valentine's little Yorkie. Nick's a professional drunkard and part time P.I. assisting the St. Louis PD. A "Bad Lieutenant" with a moral compass driving him to true north, even if it means plowing a garbage truck through a brewery.
A bank job goes wrong, his father's friend the Chief...more
Josh
Nick Valentine is an unusual PI, rather than taking cases by hapless and shady individuals, he works with the police by acting as a link between the blue and the street. That said, Valentine sure isn’t a squeaky clean and lawful member of the community – he’s a perpetual drunk with his own agenda and in FRANK SINATRA IN A BLENDER, that agenda comprises of one simple factoid – getting rich quick off the idiocy of criminals.

I was really impressed by FRANK SINATRA IN A BLENDER. Everything about it...more
Tony
I first heard about this book on Twitter. As soon as I saw the title I had to buy it. How could I not?

It has been quite a while since I’ve read a crime novel. I had forgotten how lovely the descriptions can be. Any book where I can almost hear the narrator’s gravelly voice in the back of my head has to be doing something right.

I did get confused at one point where they seemed to be removing the boot of an already naked man, but that could just have been me missing something. The Kindle layout wo...more
Fiona Johnson
You will not be able to put this down..... once you have started you just can't stop. Your hands will fuse to your kindle, your joints will ache yet you will keep reading! Yes there is a great story, yes there are original characters, yes - oh my - there is a lot of violence and it is all wonderful. From start to finish this book never gives up its pace or humour. McBride is an unstoppable machine and he is going to blow everybody else out of the water with this highly original debut novel. I've...more
Patrick O'Neil
I don't usually read dog books. But then again I didn't know the Frank Sinatra in Matthew McBride's Frank Sinatra in a Blender was a dog. And for a brief second when I discovered that it was I was almost tempted to put the book down – almost. To say McBride's protagonist Nick Valentine drinks like… well, like a fish doesn't even begin to describe his ability to consume alcohol. Or do drugs. Or inflict much violence. His scruples are as non-existent as he is able to face life sober. So, yeah it's...more
Stephanie
I might have liked this more if (view spoiler). I also felt like I needed a 12 step program for drug addiction and alcoholism just from reading about all the booze and pills and blow... I was super excited because the Intro to this is written by Ken Bruen, one of my favorite noir writers. I always felt sympathy or some degree of compassion for Bruen's Jack Taylor character. However, this guy, Nick Valentine, was som...more
Rob Kitchin
In Frank Sinatra in a Blender, Matthew McBride takes a typical PI story and max everything up to eleven -- the hardboiled style, the excessive drug-taking, the violence and mayhem. Nick Valentine used to be a decent cop, but is now a man living on the edge, bedding down in his office which he shares with Frank Sinatra, his Yorkshire Terrier, who can’t function without excessive quantities of alcohol or drugs, travels round with a small armoury, and is familiar with the underbelly of St Louis. He...more
Elizabeth A.
To say Nick Valentine is a unique individual would be putting it lightly. Along with his partner Frank Sinatra – no, really – he works as a private detective in St. Louis. He likes to think there’s no case he can’t solve, and he’s damn sure there’s no drink or drug he doesn’t like.

When a credit union is robbed and the police have trouble picking up a decent lead Valentine finds himself front and center on the trail of the robbers…and the money. And he’s not the only one, as an oddball assortment...more
Aj
There's a warning label that should be attached to this novel. That label should read in great big letters:

Please secure every part of your anatomy, clothing, concepts of what makes a hero, morality, priggishness and any other item of faith your life that determine your concepts of decent behavior, common courtesy, the Boy Scout Oath or a firm belief in the legal system of the US by god of A. After securing these items with as strong a bundle of duct tape as you can make and with a great deal o...more
Gannonwb
Pulpishly Noir?! Noirishly Pulpish?! Someone should invent a term for when an author goes overboard with the pulp fiction. There is no one likeable in this book, certainly not the protagonist, nor any of the main players. Possibly the detective, but he's given short shrift. At its best this story reads like Tarrentino's "Pulp Fiction" where you just don't know what's going to happen, but in Pulp Fiction, there were some likeable characters who you could root for. This author defintely has talent...more
Frederick
Frank Sinatra in a Blender by Matthew McBride Frank Sinatra in a Blender by Matthew McBride - I thoroughly enjoyed this book; totally noir, but twisted and dark. Not over the top though like so many come across. This was just right. A nice balance of gratuitous violence and wicked humor. And Nick Valentine, the perfect protagonist for this story; a tough son-of-a-bitch, but totally flawed and he knows it. A must read for fans of noir or hardboiled novels.
Charles Dee Mitchell
Down and dirty noir fiction that I read on my Kindle app while eating alone it restaurants. This proved at times not to be the wisest choice. The Frank Sinatra of the title is the protagonist's Yorkshire terrier, and yes there is a blender involved.

The plot is pretty basic: Money stolen from a heist passes through many hands, several of which are eventually severed from their owners. Along with many other body parts. This is thanks to a duo of sadistic clean-up men who work for the comically idi...more
Benoit Lelievre
Never in my life, I have read something even remotely similar. Frank Sinatra In A Blender redefines my notions of funny and brutal all at once. It makes every gangster movie Guy Ritchie ever made look like "The Sound Of Music" and it would have probably sent Raymond Chandler in therapy for many years if Matthew McBride would have lived back then. A mind-bending read and a whole lot of fun.
Derrick
A pill-popping, hard drinking, dedicated man of the street PI? Potentially my kind of book. A new offering from New Pulp Press? Even more likely to be my kind of book. But potential must be realized to keep me engrossed for an all night read. Well... This novel really delivered for me. The story is well-written and goes by too quickly. New Pulp Press seems to put out nothing but great titles and this book continues the trend. In fact, this is probably one of their top books. It has the funny one...more
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Travis Richardson
Nick Valentine is a boozing, narcotics snorting, wise ass who plays on both sides of the law by helping the cops on murder investigation while hoping to get his a share of money stolen from a credit union. When he is not taking care of his dog, he's going through the rougher sections of St. Louis looking for clues, strippers or booze. He’s one of a kind and often the smartest guy in the room. Funny, dark, disgustingly brutal and mostly amoral (though there are some codes, like don’t mess with so...more
Amy
May 15, 2013 Amy rated it 1 of 5 stars
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Frank Sinatra in a Blender is the first full-length novel by Matthew McBride. Set in the underbelly of St. Louis, the story follows the mishaps of former cop, now private detective, Nick Valentine. An unapologetic alcoholic and pain pill junkie, Valentine’s only love is for his roommate, a Yorkshire terrier mix named Frank Sinatra. When Nick agrees to help the police investigate the suspicious suicide of a credit union manager, his radar goes off when the very same credit union is robbed the nex...more
Gef
I first heard about this novel some months back when it was reviewed on the Booked Podcast, thought it sounded really promising, then found a review copy in my mailbox one day. Two hundred and twenty Oxy-feuled pages later, this uproarious look at the underbelly of St. Louis may be one of my favorite reads of 2013. It at least has my favorite title of 2013.

Nick Valentine, a St. Louis P.I.--don't forget functioning alcoholic and painkiller addict--gets called in to consult on what looks like a su...more
Catherine Nelson
Like so many others, I was initially drawn to this book because of the title. As a good title should, it sold the book.

After reading the description on the back, I thought the story sounded good. Funny, certainly. It wasn’t until I actually got the book in my hands I began to experience my first waves of doubt.

This book is dedicated to Charlie Sheen and it is endorsed by the man himself. That will give you a good idea what kind of content you’re dealing with, assuming you’ve gotten even the br...more
Ross Cumming
You know the feeling when you browse through all your unread books on your Kindle and also the pile of unread books in the cupboard but you just can't seem to see anything that you want to read ? That's how I felt on Sunday and just by chance I was browsing on Twitter when I came across a tweet from Frank Bill wishing Matthew McBride a 'Happy Birthday' and urging people to purchase his debut novel 'Frank Sinatra in a Blender'. I knew as soon as I saw the title that I just had to buy and read thi...more
Max
In his introduction to FRANK SINATRA IN A BLENDER, the incomparable Ken Bruen writes about the joy of finding a new author like Matthew McBride. Bruen (and if you don't yet know Bruen; run, don't walk!) describes McBride's writing as

"Hilarious
Fresh
Innovative
And a style so crafted, it seemed easy."

And he's one hundred percent correct.

FRANK is among the best books that I have read in a long time... and I read a lot of really good books.

There has been a buzz around FRANK on the blogs I read and fro...more
Pat Lampe
This book was just not for me. Great title and probably the only character in the book who wasn't disgusting ... Well, the detective was okay. This was just too much. Very bad language replete with description of bodily functions. Loathsome characters, nothing humorous (unless you are a six year old boy). So disappointing because it seemed like it would be a funny caper type book. On the other hand, this was an audio book and the reader was great.
Tim Niland
Nick Valentine isn't your run of the mill private detective. Sure, he follows all of the stereotypes of the classic PI from being a rampaging alcoholic to living in his office with his dog, Frank Sinatra. When the St. Louis chief of police calls Frank for some off the books help on a dodgy suicide/homicide, it sets in motion a wild, out of control story filled with crazy cops, even crazier crooks and one booze and drug addled PI all looking for one thing: who has the huge score of loot from a cr...more
Doctorwu51
This book is either A)-a fast moving hard-boiled crime thriller laced with wickedly dark humor or, B)-a sick, offensive story depicting people engaged in the most depraved forms of violence and over-the-top substance abuse. Personally, I enjoyed it, but was disturbed enough to want something a little lighter for my next read.
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Matthew McBride is a former assembly-line worker living in rural Missouri. In his words, “These people are the people I know and see every day, and this is the world I know.” He is also the author of the cult hit Frank Sinatra in a Blender.
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