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dove season (A Jimmy Veeder Fiasco)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,101 ratings  ·  157 reviews
This free Kindle download gives you an early look at the first three, unedited chapters of Dove Season from Johnny Shaw, due to be released September 13, 2011.
Audiobook, 27 pages
Published (first published 2010)
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Jimmy Veeder finds out that his dad Jack is dying from cancer, so he heads home to Imperial Valley to spend time with him before he goes. Jack wants an odd request from Jimmy though. He wants a prostitute. Not just any prostitute but one named Yolanda.
Jimmy and his buddy Bobby Maves head off to find her.
It's never simple when these two are involved though. Trouble will find them no matter what they are doing.

Violence is widespread because Bobby and Jimmy seem to be pros at getting their asses
Dan Schwent
When he finds out his father has terminal cancer, Jimmy Veeder returns home for the first time in over a decade. His father has one last request: one last visit with a bar girl named Yolanda. Little does Jimmy know the shitstorm his is about to unleash...

Since Plaster City was part of the Kindle First program this month, I thought it was high time I read Johnny Shaw's first Jimmy Veeder novel, Dove Season, and I'm very glad I did.

Dove Season is a crime tale that feels like something Joe Lansdale
The Reading Gods had been tapping me on the shoulder for a while about Johnny Shaw, but I foolishly ignored their omens.

Dove Season was one of the ARCs I got in the freebie bag at Bouchercon last fall. I thought it looked interesting, and then I got into a conversation with a young woman who worked for Amazon and asked me what books I’d received. When I mentioned this title, she told me I should put it at the top of my list. So after I got home I put it on the To Read pile with every intention o
I've been wanting to read this book since I first laid eyes on the cover. I mean, look at it! We all know booze and firearms always lead to trouble. Here in Pennsylvania, at least once each deer season some drunken hunter bags a trophy that upon closer inspection is actually a cow...or a brother-in-law.

There are no hunting accidents in this book, but plenty of people drink and carry guns, and sometimes shoot them at other people.

Jimmy Veeder is an educated professional loafer. He works a variet
James Thane
This is an excellent novel set in the Imperial Valley on the border between California and Mexico. Jimmy Veeder, the main protagonist, grew up there but put the Valley in his rearview mirror years ago, without looking back. Since then, he's been drifting from one place and one job to another, rootless and with no real ambition beyond taking each day as it comes. But then Jimmy learns that his father, Big Jack Veeder, is dying of cancer and Jimmy returns home to be with his father and to offer wh ...more
Jimmy Veeder returns to his hometown and his roots when he learns his father is dying. His dad makes an unusual request of his son. Find a Mexican prostitute named Yolanda (last name and whereabouts unknown) and bring her to his hospital room. The old man has his reasons.

Jimmy enlists the help of his best friend since boyhood, Bobby Maves, to find this proverbial needle in a haystack. Bobby is 'a man at peace with violence'. He is no misanthrope, he merely likes to fight and is very good at it.
Paul Nelson
Feb 18, 2015 Paul Nelson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lee Thompson, Edward (The Book Pusher) Lorn, Gregor Xane
'Is it better to have responsibility and fail or to choose to remain irresponsible?'

Jimmy Veeder has come back to Imperial Valley after a 12 year absence, his Father Jack is dying from cancer and there's not long left. Lots to catch up on, one of his last requests, find him a Mexican prostitute named Yolanda, an usual one from the man that shaped him, maybe even a touch precarious but hell it's his Dad and he sets out to achieve this last thing for him with the help of a few friends.

That's the b
Dᴀɴ 2.☢
“There is something about the desert that pisses everything off.

It could be the heat. Or the barren landscape. Or the stark desolation. It doesn’t really matter the why. The fact is the desert brings out the desperate worst in a thing. In an environment where nothing is meant to survive, life seethes.”

Quite the opening, to a solid, debut novel, that defies conventional genres. Is it a crime novel, a coming of age story, a comedy, hick lit, or possibly all of the above? The book’s cover calls it
Fantastic debut

It's hard to believe this is a debut novel. Seriously, it's one of the best books I've read in months. I loved everything about it. The characters, the witty dialogue, the story, the get the idea. I'm really looking forward to the next book, Plaster City. To quote my friend Shelby: "A day with a Johnny Shaw book is a good day."
Raise your hand if you love a country boy!

Jimmy Veeder heads back to his hometown deep in the Imperial Valley of Southern California after a 12 year absence. He's headed back home after his father finally tells him that he has been battling cancer and has lost the battle. Big Jack Veeder has always been larger than life to Jimmy and even though Jimmy hasn't been home in a while, he and his dad talked regularly and wrote letters weekly if not more often. So when he gets back to the family farm an
Initially I was anticipating something along the lines of the Frank Bill/Donald Ray Pollock school of car-wheels-on-a-gravel-road noir.
I was forced almost immediately to reconsider my expectations.

The narrator the reader will eventually discover is one Jimmy Veeder returning to his small hometown in The Imperial Valley to spend –hopefully- a few remaining months with his cancer stricken father.

Early on Johnny Shaw delights with excellent set-ups for passages such as the following:

I had been mak
Tracking down a Mexican prostitute named Yolanda, bleeds life into a story derived from impending death. Protagonist, Jimmy Veeder returns to his old stomping ground and quickly becomes reacquainted with lost friends. Author, Johnny Shaw, spotlights the unsettled dust between youth and adulthood leaving festering wounds wide open and past grudges in the forefront of Jimmy’s predicament. The borderlands of California and Mexico are as much a character as the colourful inhabitants of the environs ...more
Jonathan Peto
In naming his novel Dove Season, Johnny Shaw definitely seemed to be trying to lay out his priorities. His characters do not participate in the seasonal hunting that apparently takes place in the Imperial Valley of Southern California during the time of the story. That's okay. Shaw's goal, I think, is to make a character of the setting. He succeeds. I've never visited this part of the world but enjoyed Mr. Shaw's introduction to it: alfalfa, desert, excursions into Mexico, water rights, and ille ...more
“Is it better to have responsibility and fail or to choose to remain irresponsible?”

Dove Season is a hell of a debut novel, and might be the most twisted coming of age story you’re likely to read. Jimmy Veeder returns to his hometown in the Imperial Valley of California, a bleak, blistering hot farming region near the Mexican Border. Jimmy has spent his life avoiding responsibility, taking menial jobs that are easy to quit, despite a college education. He’s returning home after many years to car
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

Jimmy Veeder hasn’t seen his dad, Jack, in years, but he’s back home after Jack finally discloses to him that he’s suffering from cancer and living out the rest of his days in hospice. Jimmy is a college grad, but his degree in English literature isn’t doing him any good, and he’s been wiling away his days doing a variety of manual labor. Jimmy loves his father, and is glad to be back with him, even if it’s for a short time, so he opens up the old house, n
'My friends in different cities found it charming, even romantic, that I grew up on a farm. It was neither. Ask a farmer.'

DOVE SEASON is the second book I have read recently by Johnny Shaw, the first being BIG MARIA. DOVE SEASON is a little less slapstick than BIG MARIA. Some serious subjects are actually looked at, such as poverty, racism, dying, cancer, growing up, murder, but it is no less fun to read.

The main protagonist of the story is Jimmy Veeder. Jimmy comes home when he finds out his da
Benoit Lelievre
DOVE SEASON swiftly shifts into fourth gear during its first half, but it doesn't really have a fifth gear. It's a very good novel and a very consistant novel (which is an admirable trait for a first novel), but the unusual intimacy of the narration and its rugged naturalism swept me away so quickly, I was disappointed it never became transcendent.

I'm still giving DOVE SEASON 5 stars because it's a hardboiled crime novel that doesn't feel formulaic and recycled. It exists within a paradigm it c
Loved this. Mr Shaw where have you been all my life! Review to come.
A story about a man who returned to his hometown after 12 years of absence, when he learned that his father was dying. He rekindled bonds with his best friend and former girlfriend. He discovered secrets. He uncovered a murder. He decided to stay. There were exciting twists and turns along the way, and a lot of swearing, but nothing too extraordinary. The setting was realistic, since the author grew up in the same place, so the genuineness is there. There is also a uniqueness in the friendship b ...more
I am not sure why I did not like this book more, especially since some of my GR friends gave it 4 stars (Dan S., Kemper, James T.), but I didn't. Jimmy Veeder returns home to the Imperial Valley, on the U.S. Mexico border when news of his father's impending death from cancer finally reaches him. He reconnects with his long ago abandoned friends, helps his Dad with belly laughs and connecting with the mysterious Yolanda, before finding himself in a world of trouble in connection with the latter. ...more
Jimmy Veeder comes home after twelve years to deal with his father's cancer. "Pop" is dying. Though he hadn't been home in all those years, the two men had talked frequently on the phone, often for hours at a time, mostly making each other laugh.

At first, that's what they did in the convalescent home.

Then his father made a strange request. He wanted Johnny to find a prostitute named Yolanda and bring her to him. All he could tell was that she was somewhere in the Calexico/Mexicali area of southe
Terrific setting description and sense of place and a host of strong and interesting characters bonded in their youth. Life can be messy and the lives of Jimmy Veeder and his friends prove the point as they hurtle toward rough justice and perhaps salvation. I loved the humor that the protagonist, Jimmy Veeder, saw in almost every situation and relished the politically incorrect one liners: "A Trisket is a brown cracker.","Nature is beautiful only if you find cruelty beautiful." are scattered thr ...more
Jason Fernandez
Dove Season gets the reader invested from the very beginning. The book opens with a man, Jimmy Veeder, on a road trip back to the town where he was born and raised. We get to know him from his plainly spoken yet poignant observations about everything around him.

It's hard to tidily label Dove Season in a genre. There's a murder but it's not a murder mystery. There is a love interest but it's not a love story. It's really about relationships: the relationships between the main character and his f
Josh Stallings
What fantastic book. Full of heart and heartbreak. I feel like I have spent the last week on the California Mexico border. Johnny Shaw effortlessly blends a drama between a son and a father, a man trying to outrun adulthood, with a crazy fast paced crime thriller. Insightful work that leaves me wanting more from the talented Mr Shaw.
AJ Henning
Reading this book is like sharing a massive pile of carne asada fries with a few of your closest buddies at 2am in a C-grade taqueria. The language is crass, the prose pops and sizzles, and the Big Laughs happen at just the perfect moments.

I'm looking forward to future Jimmy Veeder fiascos.
Very enjoyable debut novel. I thought the plotting was impressive, loved the characters, and thought there was just the right amount of both humor and violence.
Emily Crow
A story of misadventures along the California/Mexican border that ensue when Jimmy Veeder returns to his home town and agrees to find a prostitute named Yolanda for his dying father. Think of every bad thing you've ever heard about Mexico and then make it worse, and that's kind of what happens here. There's lots of drinking, fighting and exploitation, all told in a witty and somewhat cynical style. Occasionally, the author seemed to be trying a bit to hard to be clever, but overall the writing w ...more
Max Everhart
In my mind, this novel can be broken down into two parts, and both of them are satisfying, but for different reasons. Part One is about Jimmy Veeder, a good guy drifter with a sense of humor, who returns to the Imperial Valley in California to visit his dying father, Big Jack Veeder. The highlights of this section are Shaw’s descriptions of Imperial Valley and Mexico, which is right on the border nearby. Here is one of my favorite sections from the beginning of chapter six:

"All the fun stuff is
I think I wrote my review on the wrong edition... so I copied and pasted it here.

SCORE! This is a fantastic first book! Johnny Shaw is very adept at character and 'world' building, I knew within 10 pages that I was going to really like this book, even though it started slow and the main character was rather blah in the beginning.
This is a gritty human nature story that takes place in the Imperial Valley of California about loss, growing up, changing and friendship and life and death and the bira
(Note: Customer review from the Amazon Vine Program)
I don't always pick up books by new or unfamiliar authors, but the synopsis of this book intrigued me, so I took a chance. I'm very glad that I did. This is an incredibly fun read about a 30 year-old college graduate ne'er-do-well, Jimmy Veeder, and his return to the Imperial Valley area where he grew up and where his father is dying. As a dying wish, the father asks his son to go find a Mexican prostitute he knew. This outrageous request is t
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Johnny Shaw was born and raised on the Calexico/Mexicali border, the setting for his award-winning Jimmy Veeder Fiasco series, which includes the novels DOVE SEASON and PLASTER CITY. He is also the author of the Anthony Award-winning adventure novel, BIG MARIA.

His shorter work has appeared in Thuglit, Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey, Plots with Guns, and numerous anthologies. He is the creator and ed
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