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The Bouncer

(Joe Brody #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  567 ratings  ·  121 reviews

If you like a heavy dose of mayhem with your murder, this is crime fiction at its most fresh and most fun.

Joe Brody is just your average Dostoevsky-reading, Harvard-expelled strip club bouncer who has a highly classified military history and a best friend from Catholic school who happens to be head mafioso Gio Caprisi.

FBI agent Donna Zamora, the best shot in her class

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Mysterious Press
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Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The synopsis of 'The Bouncer' was so enticing, and I decided to request it on NetGalley right away. This is David Gordon's second novel which unfortunately suffered from the age-old problem that many thrillers tend to suffer from - going overboard on the amount packed into the book. Here, there are too many characters, too many different plotlines and too much action, that the overall consequence is that both the story and the characters lack depth.

The characters were superficial and not a lot o
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, g

In David Gordon's diabolically imaginative new thriller, The Bouncer, nothing and no one is as expected--from a vial of yellow fragrance to a gangster who moonlights in women's clothes.

Joe Brody is just your average Dostoevsky-reading, Harvard-expelled strip club bouncer who has a highly classified military history and whose best friend from Catholic school happens to be head mafioso Gio Caprisi. FBI agent Donna Zamora, the best shot in her class at Quantico, is a single mot
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cover-me

That was frigging fun! I can never resist a quietly kickass anti-hero with blood on his hands and a cool as can be smile across his face. A charming, crooked character is a huge weakness of mine. Huge!

The Bouncer by David Gordon is a fast moving, crime caper thriller FILLED with characters to keep an eye on. Don’t turn your back on this lot! We get the full line up of gangsters, thieves, thugs, terrorists, suits, spooks, and….Joe.

Joe Brody is our bouncer. A man with an easy way about him and mys
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

Overall I thought The Bouncer was a solid piece of fiction.

The first half was definitely the strongest as we were introduced to Joe "The Bouncer" and were quickly taken on an adventure. From there we met a slue of characters and stumbled into unforeseen set backs which were equal parts comedic and the right level of overdramatic.

I loved the ensemble of quirky characters in the novel and would love to find out more about each and every one of their journey's. I did find however that the stor
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A vague but favorable recollection of Gordon’s Serialist had me interested in this one, the author’s latest. And it didn’t disappoint. While Serialist may have had more of a plot for my interests, this mishmash of high octane action, irreverent slapstick, cops and robbers (and gangsters and fanatics) crime thriller was just oodles of fun. Easy to imagine as a movie and just the kind I’d watch for pure mindless entertainment, with mad pacing, dynamic vibe, great energy likeable characters across ...more
This one starts off strong. But unfortunately it couldn't keep this promising start up to the end.

Too many things happened, too many characters got involved into the story that for its part appeared overloaded with events and twists.

What I liked: humor, a fast pace.

What I didn't like: a superficial story-line, fast paced action, changing of point of view - if it was a Joe's POV at the beginning, it changed later to some indifferent general point of view that didn't do any favor to the story.

Janet Newport
Thank you Netgalley and Grove Atlantic/Mysterious Press for this ARC.

I've been so, read, read, reading and not posting ratings or reviews. I'm trying to catch up.

This was an okay book and I enjoyed it. The story moved along at a good pace for me and the characters were interesting enough. But not that memorable. But it seemed to be the same old good guy disguised as a bad guy / bad ass with superman abilities on a chase story. I would read more books by David Gordon if they fell i
Julie Parks
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Thank you Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I will start off with an unusual fact. For some reason, this book made me smile and even laugh out loud a lot. Even though I'm sure, it's not intended to. I think it was because due to all the small bits and pieces and so many various characters that seemingly jumped in and out of focus The Bouncer reads much like a typical British comedy where not everything that's dire and serious is supposed to be taken tha
Jul 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-netgalley, d-n-f
Gosh I feel so bad giving a bad review. A very rare DNF from me. I made it about 70% of the way through and told myself I had no interest in the ending so why keep reading this when you have so much more to read.
I just couldn't get into this book. It was fast faced with lots of action but the content wasn't there for me. I couldn't relate to the characters and in the end this book just wasn't working for me. There was mobster and criminal activity but the characters were unforgettable and the s
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I felt like there was too much packed into too little. There was an abundance of action, alot of characters but not alot of depth to the characters themself. Also the story just felt too short. Good solid tough guy action, give it a go if this is what youre looking for.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
Thank you to Grove Atlantic and NetGalley for an e-ARC of The Bouncer by David Gordon in exchange for an honest review. This book captured my attention in the first chapters. Joe Brody, a bouncer in a strip club owned by criminal elements, is a sympathetic sort of man who gives most people a break. His gentle nature is what endears him to the reader. What did not read well was the over-abundance of characters and plot lines: Joe's attraction to FBI agent Donna Zamora, his lifelong friendship wit ...more
Pratibha Pandey
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 / 5

This was a good fun read that kept me glued to the book all through my flight. I liked the characters and would have liked a little more detail and back story to them. Sad there was not much romance but there was good lot of humor and friendship and that kept this boat floating for me.

The book missed to close all the plots effectively. Like it was so sudden that scene in end .. it was no where in picture I felt.
Ross Cumming
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw this novel recommended on Twitter and the synopsis also enticed me in, so I decided to give it a try as I had never previously heard of the author David Gordon.
Joe Brody is a very effective, if unconventional, bouncer in a New York strip joint run by his best friend and mob boss Gio Caprisi. Joe was ex Special Forces but suffers from PTSD and has an tendency to shoot up dilaudid to deal with his condition. Donna Zamora is an FBI agent and single Mum whose job is to answer the 'tip line' in
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Started of super good, interesting main character, but the overall storyline was too fast and the build up wanted too much in too little time. Next time more charachter development and less character with crazy person histories. Nonetheless read it in one go on a long flight and kept me hooked. So good read all in all
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5-3 stars

i picked this up off the new shelf at the library b/c it had an interesting premise.
i wasn't sure what to expect. i liked it. it was different.

i liked the Joe character. i liked the FBI agent Donna. those 2 characters had great chemistry. i think that should have been explored more.

short chapters , not long, fast pacing action. a quick read.

to be honest, about 1/3 way thru, i was going to stop reading it b/c i said "I DO NOT like where this is going" so i read the last chapter to see
Patricia Doyle
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
There’s a lot going on in The Bouncer – FBI agents, high military security classification, mafia, strip joint, terrorists, high stake robbery, CIA, murder, drugs, organized crime, stolen firearms, cross dressing, grand theft, germ warfare, double crossing, and more. Unfortunately, there’s too much going on. Each of these storylines is poorly elaborated and underdeveloped. I felt the author tried hard to create interest and had too many situations to cover properly.

Terrorism was alluded to often,
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Based on the description, I was expecting a lot more fun but after the promising start, the story took a turn into what felt like a checklist for plot: (view spoiler)

Joe is an interesting character and I would have enjoyed reading more about him specifically instead of racing through plot at breakneck speed. But like other reviewers mentioned, this wi
Copy courtesy of NetGalley

A fun, entertaining read! The protagonist is my kind of hero: simple, understated, fly below the radar, dangerous and competent. The story was an easy read, good writing and interesting. A good book for a fun read.
Benjamin Barnes
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Was fun starting but by the end there were far to many plot holes Mystery & Thriller
David Gordon has an exotic and wonderfully checkered career, particularly when it comes to all things written. His history regarding the latter includes a couple of stand-alone works and a collection of short stories that have helped to confer upon him the rarefied status of being a “writer’s writer.” THE BOUNCER, his newly published crime novel, feels like the introduction to a series. I certainly hope so. The characters and situations --- resolved and otherwise --- are much too interesting and ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Godfather is a cross dresser?

When i saw the title 'The Bouncer' i thought strippers!

Page one line one
"When the drunken football player went berserk and tried to steal a stripper, everyone yelled to get the bouncer."
HA! I was right.

Joe Brody a bouncer at a Gentleman's Club, run by the mafia, is recruited to hijack a shipment of guns. Things go wrong and a couple of his crew die.
Then he's recruited to steal vials of very expensive perfume. Perfume? Things go wrong, he's double crossed, and a
Ed Bernard
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maybe 4.5 stars.
This humorous crime novel combines the tense atmosphere, propulsive plotting and engaging characters of the best genre fiction. I think it might even be better than that. There are a few threads but the basic idea is that a gritty crime boss, now moved to the suburbs, decides to bring various underworld factions together to help capture a would-be terrorist. The Bouncer of the title is a former special ops soldier who has turned to a life of crime, though one in which he manages
Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)
Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing me with a DRC of this title in exchange for an honest review!

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Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
I really enjoyed this book! It was like Jason Bourne meets The Heist!! I must admit, at first I was a tad bit skeptical about reading this book because I didn't know a book about a heist would read. From the start you are pulled into the lives of Joe (the Bouncer), Gio, and Donna!

The story starts with Joe, the secrurity or The Bouncer of a strip club (secretly owned by mob boss, Gio) getting detained by the feds (Donna) over terrorism. I know a stretch, but you MUST keep reading to learn how it
Becky Baldridge
Aug 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really tried with this one. The blurb caught my interest and it looked like an exciting read. The start of the story held true to that, but it didn't take long before my interest started to wane. By about the twenty percent mark, I was setting it aside for later. I kept picking it back up and I would get a bit further into it, but it reached the point that trying again felt more like a chore and that is certainly not what any reader wants in a book. Maybe this one just wasn't for me, but try a ...more
Matilde Augusta
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Moves at the speed of light. Almost too funny at times and beyond exciting. You won't be able to put it down. Characters with immense depth you quickly come to love. ...more
Aug 28, 2018 added it
Strip club bouncer with Harvard education & top secret military background does some crimes for spare change and bumps into terrorists.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Compared to Perry's Metzger's Dog by reviewers. I don't think it quite gets there, but still an enjoyably tricky caper novel with various double- and triple-crosses. I still can't shake the feeling that those first few Perry novels (Metzger's, The Island, Big Fish) were secretly written by Donald Westlake in his other pseudonym besides Richard Stark. Though the fact that Butcher's Boy, his first, absolutely feels like a Perry novel. So my theory has holes. Anyway, this isn't quite as good as pri ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a quick read, hard to put, a comic crime novel with lots of action! There are bad guys who are good guys and bad guys who are very evil, one who wants to pay back the US for interfering in other countries—-but he is actually small potatoes in the book. You will root for the bouncer, a very likeable guy who is on the wrong side of the law but has scruples about what is right and wrong and acts in them. Highly recommended!!! I’m going to look into more of this author’s work.
Dave Nichols
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cia, federal-agents
Over all, OK. But I'd have preferred more dynamics with agent Zamora. ...more
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David Gordon was born in New York City. He attended Sarah Lawrence College and holds an MA in English and Comparative Literature and an MFA in Writing, both from Columbia University, and has worked in film, fashion, publishing, and pornography. His first novel, The Serialist, won the VCU/Cabell First Novel Award and was a finalist for an Edgar Award. His work has also appeared in The Paris Review, ...more

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