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Big Money

(Austin Carr Mystery #2)

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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  36 reviews
In this jaunty follow-up to Big Numbers, a scruffy stockbroker returns to tangle with mobsters, women and his own big mouth. The good news, as the story opens, is that the hero is in the company of a gorgeous naked lady. The bad news is that she's pointing a shotgun at him. It's a typical predicament for Austin Carr, a semi-shady New Jersey financial professional temporari ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Down and Out Books (first published March 30th 2007)
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Manuel Antão
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.



My first Jack Getze and it won't be my last.

Mix of Noir with Humour.

Is Noir really only about sex and money, and revenge? I'd say not as this book (and others) have proved.

There have been several attempts where the combination of Humor and Noir succeeded. Not many unfortunately. There's a very thin line of authors who were (are) able to write in this vein. If the situation of the doomed noir protagonist is made humorous, I may not beli
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I was pleased to re-read and re-visit this after several years, having remembered it fondly from the first read years ago.

Carr is a character you love to love. Clumsy-mouthed, endearing but all male and honest about it, his witty sarcasm incites nearly constant chuckles as the poor sap finds himself in bizarre messes that only further complicate his already haphazard-laden life. Understanding Carr made it easier to feel the frantic tension - and there was loads of it - that Getze kept throwing
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Aditi
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, my-reviews
Big Money by Jack Getze is about a pretty funny guy unfortunately getting tied up in a very dirty mystery! Filled with witty punch lines, the book is pretty hilarious and funny as well as thrilling till the very end.

Thanks to the author, Jack Getze, for giving me an opportunity to read and review his book.

Austin is a regular guy, divorced with two kids, working as a stockbroker in Shore Securities. Everything was fine, but one fine day, his boss, Mr. Victor, leaves for Tuscany and giving him th
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Yvonne
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Austin Carr is back and, as always, he’s in trouble. Some of it of his own making, but most of it because of the people he works for. Sometimes his job as a stockbroker is downright dangerous. Who would have thought it? In this book, he’s not the only one in danger. His children are being threatened and that just pushes things too far for Austin.

I enjoyed the first book in the Austin Carr series, Big Numbers, and I had to see how Jack Getze could top that one. Somehow he managed to do that with
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Andrea Guy
I have to admit, I have only read a few mysteries with a male lead character. I spend a lot of time in cozy land, I guess. I'm really glad I ventured out of my comfort zone for Big Money. It was a hoot and a half!

Austin Carr is the kind of guy that you want to see on the screen, big or little. (Because detective/cop shows take themselves way too seriously, and that can't be said about Austin Carr)

This is book two in the Austin Carr series, and it will have you clamoring to get Big Numbers, the
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Tracy
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Austin Carr has some major swag going on in Big Money.
He has bounced back nicely from his misfortunes in Big Numbers and is now “sitting pretty” at Shore Securities, Inc. as the temporary man in charge. Big Money leads Austin to some pretty jacked up situations that always include wicked funny humor accompanied with a “full-boat Carr grin.”

The plot starts out innocent enough… a man trying to make a living and provide a better future for his children. The situation becomes convoluted fast when he
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LORI CASWELL
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
Left in charge of a third-rate Jersey Shore investment firm, suspended stockbroker Austin Carr becomes the prize in a war between two crime crews, a powerful state investigator and Mama Bones Bonacelli, his boss’s wacky mother. Barely staying alive with mobsters, beautiful cops, and a hitman he calls The Creeper chasing him, Carr stumbles into the secret world of a beautiful but desperate woman — a murderer who chooses Austin as her next victim.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I loved Big Numbers, the first i
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Sherry Fundin
I found Big Money a light, humorous and entertaining read. Not only did I laugh with Austin, I laughed at him. Jack Getze and Austin Carr have a rather perverted sense of humor and I love it. There is more mystery and thrills going on than first meets the eye. It seems like a simple little story, but keeps spreading out, drawing in characters you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley, or anywhere for that matter. So, don’t blink. You may not see it coming.

Let’s see what kind of mayhem Austin Car
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LuAnn
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy of "Big Money" from Great Escapes Book Tours and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)

I didn't want to like "Big Money".

Naked women. The main character's penchant for breasts. Not the kind of things I normally seek out when choosing a book.

But the fact is, I enjoyed "Big Money" immensely. It brought to mind film noir, Humphrey Bogart - and basically good guys that get caught up in the consequences of their bad choices. The book cover and the ch
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Tracy
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Austin Carr has some major swag going on in Big Money.
He has bounced back nicely from his misfortunes in Big Numbers and is now “sitting pretty” at Shore Securities, Inc. as the temporary man in charge. Big Money leads Austin to some pretty jacked up situations that always include wicked funny humor accompanied with a “full-boat Carr grin.”

The plot starts out innocent enough… a man trying to make a living and provide a better future for his children. The situation becomes convoluted fast when he
...more
Jane
My thanks go to Jack Getze, the author of Big Money and Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Program for my copy of this book.

Big Money tells the story of about one month in the life of Austin Carr, as he takes over the stock brokerage that he is part owner of, while his boss went to Italy for a six-month vacation. Mr. Vic left him in charge of the stock brokerage and charged him with keeping an eye on his mother and daughter.

Then his troubles begin as he finds one of the other partners is leaving th
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Daniale
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Maybe I'm the only one, I haven't read any of the other reviews, but I think Austin Carr's story is hilarious. This book was a page turner for sure but it was kind of like what kind of crazy situation is Austin Carr gonna find himself in next and what will he have to say about it along with the usual suspenseful mystery unfolding. I thought this book was great and definitely want to read more. I haven't red the first book but definitel ...more
Dan Claffey
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free through the Goodreads First Reads program.
The entire book has that feeling of an old-timey PI/investigator story. In my head I pictured Austin Carr as Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes) day dreaming about being Tracer Bullet in black and white, a little more lewd and riske, but just as hilarious and just as many crazy scenarios occur. I haven't read the first Austin Carr novel, but I really enjoyed this one so the it's definitely one my list.
Denise Ward
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a really enjoyable read. Austin Carr gets more like able in each book...he just can't help himself, in what he gets himself into! I am looking forward to his next adventure! I am so glad to have received this in the First Reads program!
LORI CASWELL
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Left in charge of a third-rate Jersey Shore investment firm, suspended stockbroker Austin Carr becomes the prize in a war between two crime crews, a powerful state investigator and Mama Bones Bonacelli, his boss 19s wacky mother. Barely staying alive with mobsters, beautiful cops, and a hitman he calls The Creeper chasing him, Carr stumbles into the secret world of a beautiful but desperate woman 14 a murderer who chooses Austin as her next victim.

Dollycas 19s Thoughts

I loved Big Numbers, the fi
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Jane Reads
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-free, reviewed
Big Money is a great read!! It's Book Two in the Austin Carr screwball mystery series, following Big Numbers (which I reviewed here).

Austin Carr is a lovable scamp of a stockbroker who, through no fault of his own, manages to find himself in one crazy scrape after another.

Author Jack Getze hooks his readers from the beginning, by starting Big Money (told from Austin's point of view) near the end of the action. Austin is in a perilous predicament, where he's in fear for his life from an un
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Teena in Toronto
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Austin is a stockbroker whose trading license has been temporarily suspended. His boss, Mr. Vic, has sailed with his family to Tuscany leaving Austin in charge of Shore Securities. Their top salesman has just left to go to another firm and they are being investigated by the AASD (American Association of Security Dealers). And that's just the beginning of Austin's problems.

A crime boss named Bluefish wants Austin to "invest" some money for him. When he says no, Bluefish threatens Austin's childre
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Karen
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. This book took me longer to read than it should have. I don't know why but I just couldn't get into it. It had a good story, some good characters and it moved at a good pace so what was it that I just couldn't get? The one thing that did bother me was that it was suppose to be set in New Jersey but it lacked the Jersey feel. I'm from Jersey (those of us from Jersey don't call it New Jersey) and enjoy reading books set in my home state. Au ...more
Michele
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Austin Carr Mystery Series by Jack Getz. I did not read the first, however this book is fine as a stand alone.

A second rate investment person (suspended no less)in a third rate firm Austin Carr is a walking disaster area. When his boss decides to take an extended trip to Italy and leaves Carr in charge not only of the business but also tells him to watch out for his mother--Austin is really out of his league. Luis, owner of Luis's Mexican Grill where Austin seems t
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Jaime
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read the first book in this series (loved it) reviewed it & the author was nice enough to send me a copy of this, the 2nd book in exchange for a review. Once again Austin Carr manages to get in deep - the cops & the criminals all want him, not to mention the beautiful women. And weather he is being held at gun point or hit upside the head he always manages to come out on top (at least most of the time). I love the mix of mystery & action & humor that the author provides, this s ...more
Linda
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jack Getz tells a very funny story about stockbroker, Austin Carr, who lost his brokerage licence, he gets left holding down Shore Securities when his boss decides to go to Italy and leaves him one hell of a mess! His boss's daughter he tries to hit on until her ex-husband tries to kill her, plus Vic's mom "Mama Bones" is into her own illegal activities. Austin daughter is kidnapped by a mobster he named "The Creeper" and Shore Securities is being audited. When the auditor ends up dead, Austin h ...more
Joel Luzmoor
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.

This was my first experience with Getze's Austin Carr. Unlike many series stories, however, this story was very good as a stand-alone book. Carr is a smarta** whose wit and speak-first-think-later attitude seem to get him into some tight places. He is a likable enough guy, however, because he isn't so artificially polished. The story moves along at a fast pace so it's not hard to remain engaged, though it's not too deep or thought provokin
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Betonce stein
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
I gave it 5 stars, because I couldn't give it 4 1/2 stars. When I had read a few chapters I thought "oh s***, it's like an Ed McBain" (think Fat Ollie's Book), but I felt I should read the whole book and give it a chance. I liked it a lot. There was a lot of action and it's pretty gritty, but there is also a lot of story there as well. The story is well crafted and flows really well. 4 stars would not have done it justice. Thank you Jack Getze for a delightful read!
Carol Stanley-Snow
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
RECEIVED BOOK FREE THROUGH GOODREADS FIRST READS.

I love this book. I love Mr. Getzes' writing style. I love the quirky characters. I loved that laughed till i peed!!

How can you not love a book with people named Mamma Bones, Bluefish, The Creeper?!

For a book with some serious killing, it's really funny!! Austin Carr sure can get into some sticky situations!!

Like a good laugh? Like a good mystery? You too will love this read!
Bob
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to win an autographed copy in the Goodreads giveaways. This was a classic page turner that had lots of twists and turns. It read like an episode of the Rockford Files meeting the Sopranos. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery. I will definetly read the prequel of this charachter in his first book Big Numbers.
Al Hott
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
fast moving story about a New Jersey stockbroker who is involved with lots of shady characters. while he hustles to protect the business that he part owns he runs into all types of strange folks.
some are truly criminals while some are just trying to be.
A good read and one which will keep the reader involved up until the ending.
Jo
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Austin Carr, the main character is very funny in all the predicaments he lands in the book Big Money. It was a very funny story about a guy that really wasn't too nice but not too bad either. I enjoy a book that gives me a laugh along with a decent story.
Mary Elizabeth
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just love this character. Really funny and full of action. This wasn’t as good as the first book in the series but it was still well worth the read!
L.
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things had been going well for Austin Carr right up until the naked woman pulled a gun on him. Once living in a truck camper, drowning in debt, and prevented by a restraining order from seeing his kids, Carr now has an apartment, sees his children regularly, and even with a suspended stockbroker's license is working as a consultant for a New Jersey investment company. However, things started to go downhill fast when the head of the firm departed for Tuscany, leaving Carr with instructions to wat ...more
Liam Sweeny
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Austin Carr has a Gift of Gab, a full-boat grin and a magnetic attraction to being in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people. A stockbroker with a suspended license, Carr, now a shareholder in Shore Securities, is given a simple task by his former boss/now partner, Vittorio 'Big Vic' Bonnachelli - to watch his family members while he's on a vacation.

When loan-shark and Jersey mobster Bluefish tries to make a play on Shore, Carr is thrown into a sordid soup with a hit-couple Ton
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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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“About an attractive woman at the bar, my character, Austin Carr, says, "She might be too drunk. I mean, even stockbrokers have some pride.” 2 likes
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