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Devil's Food (Loretta Kovacs #1)

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  153 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Loretta Kovacs and Frank Marvelli, from the Parole Violators Search Unit, aka the Jump Squad, are in hot pursuit of Martha Lee Spooner, a legendary embezzler who's jumped bail and headed for Florida. She manages to stay one step ahead of Frank and Loretta, transforming what should have been an easy arrest into a wild roller-coaster ride. Soon enough, Frank and Loretta real ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 15th 1998 by Forge Books
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Apr 23, 2007 Lexi rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book was too good... I was just looking for something mindless to read during breaks between exams and paper writing, but I actually got hooked and finished the whole thing.
Romancing the Book
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What a fun book! A light, easy read with a little action and a lot of humor.

Loretta is a plus-size woman with a snarky inner voice. She thinks the same things I often do when confronted by peppy, young, skinny people. When she goes undercover at a Florida weight loss center she is confronted by a bouncing aerobics instructor who can’t stand still and a waiter with a calculator to tally her c
Rob Kitchin
Aug 06, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it
Devil’s Food is a comic crime caper and a fun read. With an oddball set of characters, a slightly screwball plot, snappy dialogue, it rattles along at a quick pace. The first couple of chapters were excellent, before it settles down into a mostly solid read, occasionally sparking back into top form. There are a couple of places where the plot becomes a little threadbare or overly farcical, but they soon pass. The condition of Marvelli’s wife adds a welcome slice of pathos to contrast with some o ...more
Candice Mckinney
Loretta Kovacs is an overweight ex parole officer who has asked to be transferred to the jump squad. She is partenered up with Frank Marvelli and given a week to find Martha Lee Spooner who has jumped bail. She is reported to be in Florida. Loretta has had some bad breaks and is not very likeable. The story is good, funny in places. But I did not like the part with the dog. What about the fact that the dog had a good home with people who loved him and wondered what happened to him? This is not f ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Loretta Kovacs is a plus size women she is an ex parole officer. She has asked to be transferred to the jump squad that is the last step before termination. She is paired with Frank Marvelli and they are given a week to find to find Martha Lee Spooner who has jumped bail/ It is reported she is currently in Florida working at a fat farm. Franks wife is dying of caner he doesn't want to go but finally gives in only problem Loretta has to be a client at the fat farm, and she was there once before t ...more
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Jan 05, 2015 Excalibur Snape rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This book is just precious and I can`t wait to read more of the serise.
I..............have no words.
Its Xfiles meets Stephanie Plum novels.
This is a feel good book.
Don't let the title fool you it is miss leading.
I love the Characters.
I don't normally like the bad guys but in this book the bad guy was an okay guy.
It was a little busy a story within a story within a story.
Normally I don't like this but it works.
It has a combined ending of being sad and being happy.
This book has a split personalty
Colleen McAllister
Sweet Thrills

Here is a detective novel that keeps you involved with characters as flawed and human as you can get. Not your typical detective, Loretta Kovacs is a heroine that is simply trying to survive. Working as a parole officer assigned to bring a runner back to justice, Loretta finds herself confronting her own demons. Add to that a new partner with a dying wife, a fancy fat farm, and a family feud and you have a great read.

Skeeter Jorgensen
I enjoyed the story line, just not all the bad language. I just don't understand how bad language can enhance the story...profanity...especially taking Gods name in vain several time So I can only give 2 stars, I considered leaving one star, but I did like the antics that Loretta found herself in.
Apr 03, 2007 Chazzle rated it it was ok
Devil’s Food, by Anthony Bruno - 2 and stars; suggested on the Novelist database as a read-alike to Janet Evanovich; I really liked the writing style, and I really enjoyed the "stream-of-consciousness" passages which described what the characters were really thinking, but I didn’t like the protracted chase "scenes" and the protracted fight "scenes" - rather juvenile. ...more
May 05, 2014 Stacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an interesting concept with interesting characters, but it felt forced. Kovacs' continual self hate may fit with the location they end up in, but the relationships are not fluid. I've never read a book that used the word 'horny' so often. It was very distracting from the story line - which may have been getting the bond jumper back but could have been about possible relationships.
Aug 03, 2009 Jjanovyak rated it liked it
Fun summer reading. This caught my eye on a special display at the main library, and I was ten pages into it before the person I was waiting for showed up. It's light and goes fast. The plot becomes more than a little silly, yet there's tension in the personal lives of the characters that proveds to be surprisingly touching.
Linda Look
I rate this a 3.5. Parole Violators Search Unit members Loretta Kovacs & Frank Morelli are on the hunt for an embezzler. An easy catch turns into a complicated mission. Easy, non complicated, read. I rate this a 3.2.
Feb 13, 2009 Lisa rated it did not like it
I just couldn't get into this book. Like another reader posted, I picked this up because it was recommended as similar to the Janet Evanovich books. This book was painful. I just couldn't get into the characters. I just wanted it to be over.
Nov 08, 2014 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A woman clearly written by a man

ok premise but could have more developed. The female main was badly drawn. The mystery itself was not intriguing. I couldn't recommend this to a friend.
Jul 10, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Can't wait to read the next one.
Apr 05, 2014 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was a nice, light read.
Shell Shearer Swinscoe
Mar 26, 2014 Shell Shearer Swinscoe rated it really liked it
Great story. Loved the two main characters, I think their relationship was just petfect!
Sharon Kennedy
Mar 30, 2014 Sharon Kennedy rated it liked it
OK, but found this got a little boring.
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Anthony Bruno is the author of the non-fiction books, THE ICEMAN: THE TRUE STORY OF A COLD-BLOODED KILLER and co-author of THE SEEKERS: A BOUNTY HUNTER'S STORY with Joshua Armstrong, which was nominated for an Edgar Award.

He is also the author of the crime novels SEVEN (based on the Brad Pitt-Morgan Freeman movie), BAD GUYS, BAD BLOOD, BAD LUCK, BAD BUSINESS, BAD MOON, BAD APPLE, DEVIL'S FOOD, DOU
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