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The Finger Trap

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  16 reviews
League of Utah Writers, Diamond Quill

With wit and humor, this modern mystery is a refreshing spin on the noir detective genre 

Tony Flaner is a malingering, part-time comedian who is full of sarcasm and never finished a thing in his life. He’s had 12 years to prepare for his divorce and didn’t. He had his entire life to choose a career and hasn’t. Now time’s up, an
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by Jolly Fish Press (first published November 10th 2015)
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This was a lot of fun to read; I loved it. It’s part snarky conversation, part mystery/thriller. It takes the classic noir mystery and places it in the modern day.

Tony Flaner drifts from hobby to hobby and job to job. Now he’s a ticket counter agent at the airport.

I sympathize with modern travelers. People like me vex them, frustrate them, and humiliate them. We search them, screen them, rob them, and then, if they didn’t complain, we’ll identify them as suspicious and bring out the guys with th
Johnny Worthen
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
5 STARS - Great book! Would write again. AAAA++++
Suz Mcguire
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tony Flaner is a guy who just can't seem to decide what he wants out of life. From various jobs to a non traditional agreement with his wife.

His life takes a turn for the crazy when he wakes up in the apartment of a dead woman and is suddenly faced with murder charges. Tony's sarcastic humor often times gets him into trouble, but he is not going down for this one without a fight. The only way out is through.
Monique Snyman
Some authors have the ability to draw you into a story, regardless of the story’s genre, and keep you tied up in their tale, while the rest of the world continues without you in it. Johnny Worthen is one of those authors. I’ve devoured almost every book that he’s published over the past few years, and I always seem to find myself lost in his words, the characters, the entire plot … It’s not an easy feat. And while I know Johnny Worthen is always broadening his horizons by writing stories in a va ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given a free Kindle copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review and here it is:
This is a wonderful story that covers a number of genres. It's basically a comic murder mystery I guess. The main character Tony Flaner is so endearing with a caustic sense of humour that often made me laugh out loud which is no mean feat! The comedy, however, doesn't take away from the mystery of who murdered Rose, in fact it keeps you guessing (and Laughing) to the very end. This book would
Jo Schneider
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
A murder mystery with the best character arc I've read in ages.
Tony has never finished anything in his life. He's started a hundred hobbies only to give them up before he finishes. When he's framed for the murder of Rose, a girl he was hoping to get to know better, he decides to use his vast knowledge of detective novels to solve the crime himself. Tony starts out as a loser, but ends a finisher. The mystery is good, but everything about Tony's journey is why you should read this book. The writi
Daniel Yocom
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Finger Trap is a fun read.

We are introduced to Tony Flaner before he’s the detective he has to become. This is his origin story and he gives insights into the type of person he knows himself to be. We are given points of fantasy as he sees them and the brutal honesty as he understands it. Tony was never a hard-nosed cop who hung a shingle out for himself. In his previous life, he wouldn’t have made it through the academy.

Here is a guy we have all met or heard about. He is the guy who has sur
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Tony Flaner is a bit of a boob. And he’s got himself in a jam. But he’s got more going for him than he thinks — including a peculiar confederacy of nimnods from the comedy club he frequents. And Tony has a wicked wit and a tongue that should probably be reined in more regularly. Especially as the jam he’s in involves murder and a legal system that isn’t all that it could be. THE FINGER TRAP is a wild romp starting from page one. Billed as comedy noir, it’s just that, with protagonists that don’t ...more
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars which I rounded up since this was such a great character story. Filled with subtle as well as blatant jokes and references throughout I found myself laughing and smiling and loving Tony Flaner. The story is told as a microcosm of the main character's life who wanders and throws himself into whatever he comes across until he gets bored. But when his latest obsession winds up dead he has to figure out how to finish something. Perhaps the first thing ever in his life. It was a fun and fun ...more
Travis Coleman
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I often read about authors needing to find their voice. I feel that in The Finger Trap the authors voice resonates with the main character. The mystery is a really fun read, it twists and turns, but always keeps you entertained with the characters involved in the story. I would recommend this to almost anyone, assuming they don't look like a fish or talk through a puppet.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Filled with wit, sarcasm, and ridiculous repartee this voice driven story is a far more about the character, Tony Flaner, than it is about the mystery he gets wrapped up in. He finds purpose in life when he must defend himself from the accusation of murder and becomes...a private detective! You'll enjoy it for the mystery, but you'll remember it for Tony. Looking forward to the next one!
Barbara White
Comedy and mystery.....two of my favorite genres, and how wonderfully Johnny Worthen has incorporated them in The Finger Trap. I was engaged from beginning to end. The characters are well-developed, as is the plot. Thanks to Goodreads First Reads for a copy of this great book. Read it, you'll love it.
Craig Kingsman
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It took me a few of chapters to get into the main character, Tony Flaner, but after that, I quickly warmed up to him. Funny, sarcastic, and in trouble. I enjoyed the twists and turns. I was also left guessing who the murder was until Tony began to suspect him and dig up clues. Well done. A terrific read. I'm looking forward to more Tony Flaner adventures.
Lori Cipro
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun read, kept me guessing. I really liked Tony who is funny and a real wise cracker. I did not realize the author was from Utah when I put this book on my To Read list. It was especially fun to read the story set in the Salt Lake area. I look forward to reading what Tony is up to next.
Laurie Heath
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It took me a bit to get into this book, but I'm not sure why. I loved the voice in The Finger Trap. This is a classic mystery with a few quirky odds and ends to keep you awake. I'm ready for the next Tony Flaner mystery.
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Johnny Worthen is an award-winning, best-selling author of books and stories. A Utah Writer of the Year. Trained in modern literary criticism and cultural studies, he writes upmarket multi-genre fiction, symbolized by his love of tie-dye and good words. “I write what I like to read,” he says. “This guarantees me at least one fan.”

Johnny is best known (so far) for his award winning, nationally accl

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