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Plugged (Daniel McEvoy #1)

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  2,090 ratings  ·  451 reviews
The long-awaited crime caper so outlandish, so maniacal, so wickedly funny, it could have only come from the mind that brought you Artemis Fowl.

Daniel McEvoy has a problem. Well, really, he has several, but for this Irish ex-pat bouncer at a seedy, small-time casino the fact that his girlfriend was just murdered in the parking lot is uppermost in his mind.

That is until lot...more
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Overlook Hardcover (first published 2011)
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Dan Schwent
Bouncer Daniel McEvoy's life spins out of control when the girl he loves winds up dead, his friend turns up missing, thugs all over town are gunning for him, and his crazy neighbor may be in love with him. Worse yet, he's going bald...

I heard Eoin Colfer speak at BoucherCon 2011 and he was so hilarious I had to immediately snap this one up. I was not disappointed.

Plugged is a damn fine adult novel from Colfer, much better than the Hitchhiker's Guide sequel he wrote a couple years ago. Daniel McE...more
James Thane
Daniel McEvoy is an Irish ex-soldier now living in New Jersey and working as a doorman at a seedy, low-rent casino. His only real friend is the off-beat doctor who's doing Daniel's hair transplant.

Then one night Daniel has to throw an egomaniacal lawyer out of the casino and things take a serious turn for the worse. Daniel soon finds himself in the middle of a series of murders and criminal schemes, none of which he understands and all of which pose a serious threat to his life and liberty. For...more
Jeffrey Keeten
A breezy, fast read without a single "50 cent word" in the book. I would almost say this is a hard boiled noir, certainly Colfer amasses a respectable body count, but despite Colfer's best efforts he is a nice guy and he had a hard time really convincing me that anything truly horrible was ever going to happen.

For me the strength in the book was in the characterizations. Daniel McEvoy is likable and certainly capable. He does get himself out of some seemingly impossible ways with a combination...more
Nikki
It proved impossible to take this book seriously, so I didn't even try. I'm too used to Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books, and in a way, this hasn't grown up much from that -- just in the subject matter and the rating (for language and violence).

It doesn't touch Raymond Chandler in terms of the detective character, who isn't nearly as quick-thinking, slick-talking, smart-assing as Philip Marlowe. On the other hand, he's fun in himself, with his inner monologues and his stupid ideas.

To be honest,...more
Scott Asher
When I was a Middle School literature teacher I petitioned my Principal to change up the normal reading schedule, ditching Red Badge of Courage and bringing in a new series I found at the Scholastic warehouse: Artemis Fowl. My kids and I were in love from page one so I’ve been a fan of Eoin Colfer for years. This book is not Artemis Fowl. This book is piss, vinegar and vulgarity wrapped in laugh out loud funny.

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Fembat
I admit it, even if they are children’s books, I absolutely adore the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. They are always light hearted and thoroughly entertaining reads – and Artemis, for me, is one of the most fascinating fictional teenage characters. The quality of writing always transcends their classification of children’s books and, if you do enjoy imaginative stories, they come highly recommend. So, with that said, I will continue to give you my verdict on Eoin´s first step into adult fic...more
Anirudh Parthasarathy
Plugged is a story about an ex-military man who had served the Irish Army Daniel McEvoy and is now just a doorman at a casino in a fictitious New Jersey town, Cloisters. Apparently he has no problems, with only tonsorial concerns, as he looks like a seventy year old due to his baldness; until one day when he picks a fight with a certain influential lawyer. Since then, his colleague and girlfriend, Connie is found dead, his former employer and friend, Doctor Zeb Kronski goes missing, presumably d...more
Michelle
Eoin Colfer’s Plugged is a hilarious action-adventure novel about a man who is just trying to achieve justice on his friends’ behalf. At times a case of mistaken identity, at times an interesting glance into the shadier sides of the suburbs, Plugged seems to have enough of everything to appeal to a very wide audience. With a cynicism and sensibility that only a true Irishman can possess, Daniel McEvoy is a character that will charm any audience. Ghost Zeb alone is worth more than a few laughs.

So...more
Jason Edwards
Plugged started off so promising, in my opinion, and I wonder if that's why I'm a bit more let down than I might otherwise have been. I read the sample of the book offered by Barnes and Noble, and when I got to the end of the free part, going ahead with the purchase was a no brainer. I liked the way the main character talked: sarcastic, bitter, old before his time but not so long before that he hadn't earned his fatigue. I liked the setting: a dive casino in an otherwise affluent New Jersey bedr...more
Tim Niland
Egged on by one of my favorite authors, Ken Bruen, to take a break from the world of young adult literature and enter the world of adult crime fiction, the author of the popular Artemis Fowl series of teen adventures turns to the seedy underbelly of New Jersey for this darkly funny tale of mobsters, murder and redemption. Daniel McEvoy mustered out of the Irish army after a couple of peacekeeping tours of Lebanon under his belt and is looking for a fresh start. Emigrating to America he finds the...more
Marleen
This was my first book by Eoin Colfer. My daughter has read and loved all the Artemis Fowl books though, I've met the author at a book signing and liked him and his sense of humour and I am a fan of the crime genre, so this book seemed a save bet. And I wasn't wrong.
This is a action packed book, but not to be taken too seriously with a story that has so much happening in it that I'm not quite sure how to summarize it.
Daniel McEvoy is an ex Irish army sergeant working as a doorman in a low-grade...more
Eric
Mar 12, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The Oirish
Recommended to Eric by: Saw the author read a passage at a book festival
Shelves: signed, crime
This book's biggest strength -- its narrative voice -- is also, at points, its biggest weakness. The voice of Daniel McEvoy, the middle-aged Irish bouncer protagonist, is humorous, neurotic, and rings true. But on a few occasions, Colfer tries a bit too hard to be funny, like making fun of descriptions he just gave, or with the banter between the narrative voice and the second voice the narrator hears in his head (that will make sense if you read the book, I promise).
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This mature (read: expect lots of foul language, violence, and sex) action/suspense novel tells the story of Daniel, an Irish casino doorman who finds himself pulled into the dangerous urban underbelly while trying to avenge the killer of his sort-of girlfriend and the abduction of his best friend.

I'm a huge fan of Eoin Colfer's other books, so didn't hesitate to pick this up without even reading the premise, though now I'm thinking I should have -- it wasn't at all what I expected.

This book was...more
Rob Kitchin
I liked Plugged a lot. There’s plenty to like - a zip along plot; lots of action; plenty of twists and turns; some very funny scenes; a healthy dose of witty one liners; and a load of colourful characters. It reads like a movie script for a Jason Statham or Vin Diesel vehicle. In many ways, it kind of reminded me of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and Chris Grabenstein’s John Ceepak series. And like the Plum and Ceepak novels, it’s set in New Jersey. After Florida, New Jersey is clearly...more
Abhishek
If Guy Ritchie is looking for a script for his next movie, his search could stop with Plugged! Eoin Colfer has made his name as an author with his Artemis Fowl novels, which I have thoroughly enjoyed, making me wonder how his novel meant for an age group above the regular readers of Artemis Fowl books would turn out to be. In a few words, it surprised me. Plugged is not an Artemis Fowl book, not even close! It holds its own, right from the beginning to the end, revolving around this hilarious we...more
Alice
When I was reading this book, I spent a lot of time mentally comparing it to Warren Ellis' book, Crooked Little Vein. Both have the same gritty feel, and unapologetic grossness (ie, our narrator often reminisces about how he met his friend Zeb by crashing into the office as Zeb was injecting fat into someone's dick. Yeah, it's one of those kinds of books.)

Still, while I wasn't always caught up by the humor, our 'hero' has a decent sense of snark, and is a decent guy deep down.

Plus, the author ma...more
J.J. Toner

This is how to write superb noir. Dripping with cutting-edge dialogue and inspired narrative tricks, Colfer’s high-fibre tale goes down as smooth as an intravenous drip. I particularly liked the disembodied voice in our hero’s head. What a clever device this is. Colfer uses it in place of internal dialogue and for comic effect.

It’s written in first person present tense, a combination that I usually find distracting at best, off-putting at worst. Eoin pulls it off with ease, in a strong engaging...more
Tiina
Dec 18, 2012 Tiina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Artemis Fowl fans
I read Plugged because I love the Artemis Fowl series and I liked it - didn't love it, didn't hate it. It had all the elements that made me love Artemis but at the same time I feel like there should have been something more... This was a book for adults, after all, and I expected to see at least some new sides of Colfer.

Things that I liked? The book was definitely interesting: the plot was very fast-paced and the scenes followed each other without any room for exhaling: there was no real possibi...more
Gabriela
Meh. The whole book was just meh. I was looking forward to Plugged since I'm now an adult who first read Artemis Fowl when I was twelve, ten years ago. Yay, an adult book from one of my favorite series authors, but I was disappointed. It wasn't really that funny, nor did I really like Daniel McEvoy. I'm not sure if the writing, plot, or characterization was the issue. I'm going towards writing I think. The plot was interesting, and looking back, I think that's the reason I stuck with it. Plugged...more
Judy
All of the reviews I read prior to reading this book compared it to Carl Hiaasen's works. I assumed that meant it would be funny even if only in a dark way. It wasn't funny at all. There might have been one moment where I cracked a smile but that was it. The characters were strange. The plot was absurd. It should have been hysterical. It wasn't. In fact at some points I wondered if I was reading a serious crime novel but then something silly would happen and I would realize that no, it was tryin...more
Tac Anderson
This is not a book for the kiddies. Nothing horribly descriptive in it but lots of foul language and general situations that would arise from an ex-Irish military turned bouncer working at a sleazy New Jersey casino who gets wrapped up in the local criminal element. The result is a decent but not staggering body count.

It sometimes feels like Eoin is trying to intentionally write something completely different from his normal youth fiction. Kind of like when a young teen star known for their rol...more
Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Daniel McEvoy, Irish casino bouncer
SETTING: New Jersey
RATING: 3.0
WHY: Daniel McEvoy is a bouncer at a shabby casino in New Jersey. The owner is a real slime who mistreats employees and young women. In a game of poker, Daniel wins the casino. One of the casino waitresses who Daniel fancies is killed, so he investigates. He has other irons in the fire - his shady hair transplant surgeon has disappeared and his landlord believes that he is her long lost husband. The book is entertainin...more
Paul Hulford
Eoin Colfer's best book for years.
Anyone who is familiar with the Artemis Fowl books will know how clever and funny Eoin Colfer's books can be.
This is his first "adult" offering and it's a welcome return to form, with dozens of laugh-out-loud moments.
We accompany Daniel McEvoy, an ex Irish Army Sergeant, now seedy casino bouncer, on a journey through murder, misunderstandings and schizophrenia - and all because he wanted a full head of hair!
After my disappointment with the last Artemis Fowl and...more
Stacia
A bouncer/Ex-peacekeeper, Daniel McEvoy works in a shifty New Jersey club where SHIT hits DA FAN, multiple times he is forced to KICK ASS on multiple occasions, there will be multiple HILARIOUS "ghost" conversations, and multiple complicated negotiations, with multiple dick heads that are generally evil and suck and should all DIE and all of this just because he had a horrible childhood and now he need to protect people. What I liked about this book that didn't hold back and killed off the kind...more
Elisa
The only eoin colfer book outside of the artemis fowl series that I have read was Benny & Omar. So even though I had known this was fiction written for adults, it took me awhile to get used to the adult language and subject matter. It felt pretty weird to see the lovable Mr. Colfer write about gambling, mobs and murders at first, but it did not take long for me to get sucked into the story.
The story is very engaging and things move pretty fast, just like all Mr. Colfer's stories often do. I...more
Tracy Johnson
Absolutely hilarious novel. Loved this book, It's kind of 'Darbey O'Gill' meets Pulp Fiction. The main character is a former Irish Special Forces living in New York and comes across as a 'Jack Reacher' sort. Very clever dialog -- especially the conversations he has with himself.

I was first aware of this author through his juvenile series of Artemis Fowl books which I also heartily recommend. But this is definitely a story for grown-ups and has quite the 'attitude' to it. Just a little bit raw in...more
Genissa
I do not appreciate being assailed by gratuitous profanity in the first chapter. Though I will grant that it was completely fitting for the characters. Just too much for my tastes. Tried jumping around to see if I could get into the story. No success. Got the basic story line - liked that. But not about to read the whole book.

Guess I will be sticking to Colfer's children's books which I adore!
Wendle
Nov 25, 2012 Wendle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendle by: Daniel
A book that keeps my partner reading until he finishes it in one sitting in the early hours? Okay, i'll read it.

This was a nice and easy read. It never dragged, there was always something going on, something interesting to read. It was funny and mildly gross (two pluses for me).

I didn't like a single character, but that's pretty normal for me.
Aaron
This book would have been 4 stars but for the excessive swearing. It was as if Eoin said to himself, "Self, I am going to write my first adult book. Let's see... how can I make sure nobody thinks this is another kids book...hm....I know, I will include 1000000 F-words!" All joking aside, it was a fun and funny crime drama.
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I didn't know what to expect from this book. I've always been a fan of Artemis Fowl and many of Eoin Colfer's other children's books.
It seemed like it had real potential- set in the US, written in 1st person from a "regular kind of guy."
What I got was kind of a surprise. It was laugh out loud funny, and every page had me grinning like an idiot. A lot of the humor was based off the random out of context sentences one could read. (a sentence went something like "I needed to protect my crotch from...more
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.

He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the A...more
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“M...maybe,’ I stutter. ‘Whatever the reason, this woman has problems. We need to be compassionate, show understanding.’

‘Or slice her head off. I have plastic bags.’

Sure. We could toss her in the car beside her partner, then drive to the mall where I dumped Macey and line up all three bodies together in the Lexus. Hell, why not steal Connie’s corpse from the morgue to complete the set?”
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