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Big Numbers

(Austin Carr Mystery #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  775 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Divorced dad Austin Carr wakes up every day in a beat-up camper, parked on someone else’s private property. Why? Because his alimony and child support payments were established by New Jersey’s family court system when his income was double, and for the last two years he has failed to earn the legally mandated monthly nut. He’s had his savings drained, his Maxima repossesse ...more
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Published June 2nd 2013 by Down & Out Books (first published June 1st 2007)
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Jun 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wanted my money.

I'm sucker for trading and stock market mystery books and had good reviews. Austin Carr is one sorry character, definitely won't read any more about him. Don't do what I did, should ask my money back.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
This slender book turned out to be a cinch to sink into and a delight to finish.

Austin Carr, with his ‘infectious grin’, is a down-on-his luck stockbroker saddled with a vicious ex-wife, office politics, and mucho debt to settle. It becomes much worse, however, when he ignores his instincts and takes a gamble on a bad deal. Will he be able to survive his mistake, or is this the big one he’ll never walk away from?

The fun ‘hero’ is humorous, shamelessly male in his pursuits, and a father with the
Carol  MacInnis
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from a contest on Goodreads.

Austin Carr's full-boat grin may charm some of those as Sr. Financial Consultant for seven years at Shore Securities Inc., but certainly not everyone. Carr's ex-wife, Susan has a restraining order on him from seeing her or their 2 children due to back support payments on his alimony and child support. Add to that, with the downward spiral of the market, not only is he missing his kids, but his salary and commissions have certainly taken a kick in the p
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
After both my husband and I read Jack Getze book, Big Numbers, we both came to the conclusion that we are surely glad to NOT be Austin Carr. No one person should have to endure all of the misadventures that this poor guy has had. This is a fast paced novel that tells the story of a down and out divorced stockbroker who has to try to find a way to get his children back and what he does to get this to happen is madcap adventures. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, but do yourself a favor ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Won this book through a Goodreads giveaway and just finished it up.

The MC, Austin Carr is a stockbroker who has gone down further than rock bottom: his wife divorced him, he's not making any money as a stockbroker, since no money he can't see his kids, and he's been reduced to living in a rusty camper that he parks in a Mexican restaurant parking lot. His biggest client has health issues, the client's wife is coming on to him, another client is super pissed about an investment and wants to get r
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Hate the cover....LOVE the book!

Austin Carr had me at HELLO!
I was swooning for him within the first paragraph.

For me, Mr. Carr made this book fabulous. I loved his ability to take a serious situation and morph it into something lighter. Some may question his shady ethics but you know deep down he is good people.

I am typically not a fan of murder/mysteries but with Austin along for the ride i was totally digging the storyline. I was also really down with the short length chapters. It always left
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The dark humour in this book appealed to me, but what an immoral character Austin Carr is. How could anyone trust a stockbroking firm like his with their money? Plenty of subtle humour, an unbelievable story that kept getting more and more bizarre and an amazing ending. Not a very long book but very entertaining.
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A mystery where the protagonist is a stockbroker? Who would have guessed that would be such an enjoyable read? This book is published by Down & Out Books, which is a good description for the main character, Austin Carr. This was a fun, fast read, however I did not enjoy the prologue or the back description, which I found to be misleading. But all in all a good read!

PS: I won a copy of this book.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Never. Ever. Again.
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh what a web we weave

Very good story about a stockbroker who steps over the line .... and what a step. Entertaining with a sense of humor that will keep you glued, and laughing, to the end. Recommended.
Sherry Fundin
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love the cover.

Austin Carr cannot figure out what is going on and it took me a while to figure it out myself. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. Who to trust? Who is crossing who?

The end of Big Numbers is the beginning. From the first sentence, I am wondering what’s happening. I was puzzled and I read on trying to figure out how Austin Carr ended up in such a dire situation. I was hooked. I like an early hook in books. It grabs me and sucks me in quickly.

Big Number is a
Caroline Waddell
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was unlike anything I've ever read before. I have read a ton of mysteries in my life, but none quite like this one. This book manages to be both funny and witty, while still being a legitimate mystery. The main character, Austin Carr, made me laugh throughout the story, both with and at him. The plot takes you on twists and turns. This book is genuinely entertaining on multiple levels.

'Big Numbers' tells the stor
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-bookshelf
When I got the tour invite for Big Numbers I was really excited to give the book a try and since I was going through a mystery phase I thought hey, I can totally squeeze this in, and I did manage to and the plus was I managed to fit it on the blog schedule and really liked it as well.

In Big Numbers we're introduced to our down and out hero Austin Carr, who is a hot mess. I loved him as a character but lordy was he a hot mess! I loved it, too often I find that characters in books are too put toge
Jane Reads (Jane in SC)
Big Numbers is the first book in the Austin Carr Mystery series. Author Jack Getze states that the genre is Screwball Mystery, an apt description for a fun read.

Austin Carr has the worst luck. A successful stockbroker until the market crashed, Austin underwent some major changes in his lifestyle after the crash. His income, based solely on commissions from his clients' stock transactions, was cut in half. The worst consequence is that, because he can't make his alimony and child-support payments
Kathleen Kelly
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Big Numbers is the story of Austen Carr, stock broker with the worst luck. He has an angry ex wife who will not let him see his kids unless he pays her back support, he lives in a beat up camper parked in the parking lot of his favorite restaurant. He has a boss, who is a real jerk, who would love to see him fired but the owner of the brokerage does not want to do that because Austen is able to play golf successfully and help him with his own golf game. Austen also loves to have a few drinks at ...more
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it


This book is different from what I usually like to read. The characters are ones you can admire or mostly like. Lots of swearing, violence. So why rate it 4 stars. Because I could not put it down. I felt bad about Austin. The only luck he seemed to have was bad luck. I could not stop reading because I did not know what was coming but figured it was not good for Austin.

Austin is a Stockbroker who has lost everything. He is living in his truck with camper shell. He parks in different par
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Man, I thought I had bad luck! Austin Carr seems to be cursed and his ex-wife sounds like she was based on my ex-daughter-in-law. So I clearly had a soft spot for Austin from the beginning.

This story covers his life for about 3 short weeks in his life and Austin ends up in the emergency room more times than I can count, wonder if he had insurance :) While tragic circumstances seem to sneak up all around him, Austin has a keen sense of humor and even when facing his own death he comes up with som
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Austin Carr mystery series. My first thought was…a stockbroker hero??? Mmm…well, let’s give it a try. To my surprise, it worked! It really did!

Talk about a character who is “down and out” – that’s Austin Carr. I don’t think I ever read a character who had so many bad things happen to him. At times, I found it hard to root for him but at other times I wanted him to succeed. I was torn!

It’s a good, funny story filled with suspense and adventure. I like that a couple o
Paula Ratcliffe
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Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Let me start with this by saying that this is not my normal genre of choice. I am a romance/smut reader.. Sure I like some mystery but I prefer the top genre to be romance.. Still, something about the blurb made me want to try Big Numbers. I am certainly glad that I did!

Austin Carr is a goof-ball stock broker who is in some seriously bad times. Living in a camper, parked in the back of a mexican restaurant and unable to see his kids except when he sneaks in (sometimes in a speedo). You can't he
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Austin Carr is a down on his luck stockbroker, with a vicious ex-wife, lots of debt, and he has office politics to deal with. But all that is double that is until he goes against his best judgment and gets involved with a bad deal. Can Austin come out on top or will all his bad choices come back to get him in the end?

Austin is a hero that you can’t help enjoy reading about. He is humorous, shameless in his pursuits of women even when they are wrong for him, but when it comes to his kids his hear
Carl R.
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I was promised action and suspense when a friend recommended Jack Getze's crime thriller, Big Numbers. Action I got. Quite a bit of suspense, too, I have to admit. However, Austin Carr--a broke and disgraced con man of a stockbroker living in a camper, estranged from his ex-wife and blocked from seeing his kids--is such a phony it's hard to root for him through all his perils-of-Pauline adventures.

Getze's invented some terrific situations. Never heard until now of murder-by-sea-fishing. And Aust
Karen M
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Down and out in New Jersey, that's Austin Carr. His numbers as a stockbroker just aren't big enough to make his alimony and child support payments so he's living in a camper truck and he can't see his kids until he pays up all the back money he owes his ex-wife. He's thinking things can't get any worst and then they do.

His biggest client has a very sexy redhead for a wife and he confides to Austin that he's dying. The redhead, Kelly, needs comfort while her husbands dies and Austin seems to be t
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Austin Carr is a very unlucky stock broker. Not only that, he has to deal with Susan, his angry ex wife who will not let him see his kids unless he pays her back support. He calls a beat up camper parked in the parking lot of his favorite restaurant home. He has a boss, who is a real jerk. In fact, the only reason he still has a job is because the owner of the firm thinks Austin can help him with his golf game. Austin still finds some things in life to be pleasurable, like his favorite watering ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is marketed as a cozy mystery, and while those books have their fair share of humor, this one tops them all. You know the saying "If it wasn't for Bad Luck, I'd have no Luck at all?" Well that sums up Austin Carr. His income has tanked, he has lost most of his material possessions because of it. He lives in a rusty camper and can't see his kids - which is what he wants more than anything. When the story starts out you think this is just a deadbeat dad, sort of homeless, alcoholic. But ...more
Laurie Stevens
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to say I have not come across a protagonist quite like Austin Carr before. He's the star of Big Numbers and the term "star" is fitting because it's really all about him. I'm not sure exactly what the mystery was in this book -- again, this is really the Austin Carr show. There are murders, to be sure; and all the assembly pieces of a good noir story. There's the she-devil redhead that both beguiles and betrays. There's the motley cast of interesting and crooked characters. And then there' ...more
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book free in exchange for a review from the author through Goodreads.

Austin Carr has hit the bottom of the crap pile. He's divorced, making less than half his pay, lost his apartment, lost his fancy car, can't see his kids because he's not paying child support and lives in a rusted out truck camper. Now, his biggest client's wife is hitting on him and he's thinking with the wrong head.

Every step he takes someone else is crapping on him.

This story is a hilarious caper of just a f
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ever read one of those books where you find yourself thinking - Really? - This was one of them. Poor Austin Carr has a tough time of it. He takes a HUGE pay cut, loses visitation rights with his kids, gets into ANOTHER bad deal and things just look like they cannot get any worse. Until they do.

It was such a blast. One of those comic reliefs with meat. It was hilarious but it still had a story to it. The characters were all so colourful and l
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This isn't the kind of story that I usually read. I thought it was very well written, clever and funny. There were a couple of simple spelling errors that I noticed but other than that everything was good. The ending was not what I expected at all, and I love that it happened the way it did. I liked how this novel didn't portray the typical romances that go on in novels, and it was a different view of how men can really be, and women as well. It showed that nothing really ever is how it usually ...more
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was a First Read Winner of this book and I really liked it. A down on his luck stockbroker does not really seem like somebody you want to be rooting for, but somehow Austin Carr manages just that. The book starts out with a bang and kept me guessing until the end who the possible killer might be. I liked the characters and I had to shake my head at our hero more than once. I had a hard time putting the book down because I just had to find out what could possibly go wrong now, it was a fun and ...more
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Former newsman Jack Getze is Fiction Editor for Anthony-nominated Spinetingler Magazine, one of the internet's oldest websites for noir, crime and horror short stories. His screwball mysteries -- BIG NUMBERS, BIG MONEY, BIG MOJO, and BIG SHOES -- were published by Down and Out Books, as is his new thriller, THE BLACK KACHINA. His short stories have appeared online at A Twist of Noir, Beat to a Pul ...more

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