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A Boatload (A Jack McCoul Caper Book 1)

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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  226 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A clever con man trying to go legit and a cast of eccentric characters team up to catch a killer in this fast, surprising, and witty mystery series debut.


“Loaded with one liners. Keeps the plot turning.” — Kirkus Reviews

When San Francisco con artist Jack McCoul gets married, he vows to give up his life of crime for good. But then his new brother-in-law pulls a heist that
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Paperback, 214 pages
Published February 19th 2014 by Jackdaw Press
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Cath
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A ship from China is holding a container full of stolen microchips and heading into a local San Francisco port. Local ex-conman, now turned private investigator, Jack McCoul gets mixed up in trying to find the location of the container holding these chips, before they arrive, when his brother in law winds up involved with the wrong people. Jack’s wife, a yoga instructor, wants him to help her brother and keep him from getting hurt.

Jack had promised his wife, shortly after they got married, that
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Bob
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light caper in San Francisco has Jack McCoul, a almost x-grifter and now venture capitalist caught in a scheme by a big time millionaire to smuggle in stolen computer chips. When Jack's wife pushes him to help her brother who has cried for help when he gets in trouble with his gambling debts and thinks he is has found a way to cash in on the smuggled chips he find himself up against the millionaire a Chinese Triad family who claim the chips were stolen from them and a local cop, and old school ...more
Haris
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like Robert Parker or Elmore Leonard or Carl Hiassan, you will absolutely love Dwight Holing's first Jack McCoul mystery; "A Boatload." Jack and Hark are both fantastic characters. The dialogue is snappy and sharp and funny as hell. The writing is very visual and tactile. It pulled me into the story immediately. Every character is interesting and well-defined and the mystery is sufficiently twisty all the way to the end. San Francisco comes off as a fully fleshed out character as well and ...more
Jim A
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Gave it one star more than it deserved because I love stories about con artists. And Jack McCoul is just that. He's given up the grift because of a promise he made his wife. But, he still gets involved in a caper.

What I don't like is characters that are weak and whiny. If you read this, Jack's brother in law fits that description perfectly.

Quick read.
Lucretia
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story just was tedious and repetitive of certain phrases, rather pointless. It might have been the location and topic. I much preferred his three books featuring the game warden. This grifter in San Francisco just didn't appeal to me. There are two more in this series, but I may not read them
Philip
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a reformed com man who is always a step ahead of everyone else. He makes all the right moves and it is interesting, however the author spends to many words showing you he knows what he is writing about! Sometimes you get lot in the details and lose sight of the plot. Still it is a good story!
Michael P Carroll
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fun read

This book is very different from his previous Nick Drake books but very clever. Makes me look forward to the next McCoul adventure.
William
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good read. And fun. Some good relationships and dialogue between the principles.
Sheri Jackson
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun caper. I will definitely read more.
Marcia
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read!

Exciting & intriguing. Twists and turns. Charismatic characters. This is an excellent first in series book! I will be reading the rest shortly...
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Janice Romanini
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good

Good book. Looking forward to others in the series. Since I'm from San Francisco it was fun too read. Enjoy.
Leila  Pitchford
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Story wise, I would probably give this a four. The writing tripped me up but but not enough to make me stop reading. It’s a PI story without a PI.
Jackson
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light and easy fun read!
Saralee
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A really well-written, stylish crime caper set in today's San Francisco -- a treat to read.

Jack McCoul is a con man who's promised to go legit to please his wife, a New-Age yoga teacher whom he adores. But his idiot brother-in-law tried to pull a fast one on some Asian gangsters, and now Jack has to return to his slick con-game ways to save said idiot.

Even with back-up provided by his tough Mexican-American Army veteran friend Hark, Jack has to deal with violent thugs, venture capitalists, com
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Barbara
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review - Being a 4th Generation San Franciscan, I love books with its locale. I especially enjoyed this book - not only because it's a really good story and hero - but the street names and locations are CORRECT - I even understand there was probably a good reason for a minor name change of Yacht Club that didn't detract from the book's story at all. Thanks to author, publisher and Amazon for gifting this book - I look forward to reading more from ...more
Peggy Roberson
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are very few books that will grab you from the very beginning, and keep you hooked throughout the duration of the book. This book falls into that category. Mr. Holing wrote a very good, fast-paced, page-turner, that you're going to hate to put down!! His scenic descriptions were so vivid, that I felt as if I were there in California - not only by the water, but in other places as well. I don't give 5-star ratings very often, but this book was so well-written, and so intense, I couldn't see ...more
Gail Ofterdinger-Ledgister
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a supersonic read read about a San Francisco uber hipster dude who just cannot stay away from the criminal elements. Who does have the Chinese chips? Kudos to the yoga instructor wife. Good guys, gangs and coppers. This one takes off at warp nine and keeps you breathless on a wild ride. I want more from this writer. My thanks to the author and Goodreads for a complimentary copy of this book.
Bonnie Hunsaker
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny, fast and great

First book of Dwight Holing I have read. It won't be the last. Good story line and easy read. I really like the characters. A lot of action. Can't wait to start another.
Cindy
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fast moving plot & game cast. It's all game - 3-card monte style with lives at stake. Some cussing (mf) otherwise a totally enjoyable romp with a sideline of romance TTS-enabled. ...more
beth
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack gets schooled.

Jack thinks he can get something for nothing. But this time, the scam backfired, he scammed the wrong guy. Now what?
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Dwight Holing lives and writes in California. His genre-spanning work includes novels, short fiction, and nonfiction. His mystery and suspense thriller series include The Nick Drake Novels and The Jack McCoul Capers. The stories in his collections of literary short fiction have won awards, including the Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction. He has written and edited numerous nonfiction books on nature ...more

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