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Boise Longpig Hunting Club

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  19 reviews
When you want someone found, you call bounty hunter Jake Halligan. He's smart, tough, and best of all, careful on the job. But none of those skills seem to help him when a shadowy group starts taking his life apart piece by piece.

First Jake comes home to find a dead body in his gun safe. He thinks it's a warning--and when you drag people back to jail for a living, the list
Paperback, First, 320 pages
Published August 13th 2018 by Down & Out Books
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Kolakowski offers us a fast-paced crime thriller set in the hinterlands of rural Idaho and featuring an Iraq war veteran turned bounty hunter whose sister Frankie is even tougher and more ruthless. A lot of action is packed into a fairly short novel with an obscene amount of firepower, axe-wielding Vikings, bloody homes, prison shaking so, face offs, negotiations, clowns, and age-old vendettas. The excitement neve really lets up. It's pedal to the metal time here. Crank up some Metallica. ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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When you want someone found, you call bounty hunter Jake Halligan. He’s smart, tough, and best of all, careful on the job. But none of those skills seem to help him when a shadowy group starts taking his life apart piece by piece.

First Jake comes home to find a dead body in his gun safe. He thinks it’s a warning—and when you drag people back to jail for a living, the list of people who want to send that kind of message is very long indeed. With backup from his sister Frankie,
Dietrich Kalteis
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nick Kolakowski has an interesting voice and does a very good job building characters and moving the story at a good clip. It was hard to put this one down until the last page.
Received a free ARC copy from Down & Out Books for my honest review.

What a deceiving cover , along with the title, had no clue what to expect and knew it had to be good with it being published by Down & Out books. This was my first read from author Nick Kolakowski, found this one to be not only engrossing but additive even, definitely will read more of his books and made me think of Elmore Leonard with his writing.

Been a while since I read a book that just grab my undivided attention, 2 hrs fo
Beau Johnson
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book I've read by Nick Kolakowski. While I greatly enjoyed the other two, there is something about Boise Longpig Hunting Club. Was it Jake, our protagonist? His sister, who in her own way stole some of the show from Jake? Could be, but no, I think it was the pedal to the medal start and the story that didn't let up from there. Translation: pretty sure I'm now a reader of everything Nick Kolakowski writes for life. But wait, there's more! It involves Zombie Bill, Monkey Man, and ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The novel starts off with a slightly revised version of Kolakowski's short story "A Nice Pair of Guns". I found this out when I started both this and his short fiction collection, Somebody's Trying to Kill Me, on the same day!

The story acts as an introduction to the characters of Jake and Frankie providing their backstory and the circumstances they find themselves in for part two of the novel. Jake is a bounty hunter and Frankie is a black market arms dealer, so they are a pair worth reading abo
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Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Boise Longpig Hunting Club by Nick Kolakowski opens ominously,
“We came home from the movies to find our front door kicked open, both floors ransacked, half the food in the fridge missing.”

This sets the tone. The narrative continues as a first person account by Jake, an Iraqi veteran haunted by his past. Readers quickly learn where he lives, whom he knows, and what he does.
“I’m a bounty hunter. People have an image of bounty hunters as Old West cowboys who kick down doors, guns ready, and pop
Rory Costello
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nick Kolakowski is a funny dude. And his dry, warped humor is on full display in this fast-moving riff on a classic theme. The last line is a real zinger.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This intensely suspenseful Noir crime fiction is non-stop action. It’s jam-packed with so many colorful, multidimensional characters, you’ll be drawn right into the storyline, experiencing every threat with Jake. The Boise setting is awe-inspiring, making me see every detail, as if I were there. Definitely a 5-star read that I hope has a sequel.
Kevin Berg
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice quick read. No filler or fluff, but not just gun battles and explosions for the sake of it either. Yes, it's violent, but also very original. So two wins right there. I was pleasantly surprised with the creative elements dropped so skillfully in the writing to make this its own story. The characterization helps solidify the plot and bring you in close to the action, a battle for survival in the most dangerous game. Jake works as a bounty hunter, trying to find a spot where his military skil ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader -- I also did a Q&A with the author, if you'd like to check that out.
Jake Halligan is a bounty hunter -- more in the Lori Anderson/JT mold, than a Stephanie Plum-type -- in Boise, Idaho and the immediate environs. He's got a kid, an interesting relationship with his daughter's mother, and a sister that . . . well, you just have to meet her. But think Bubba Rogowski without the size and clinical diagnosis.

Jake's a Vet, having served in som
Ross Cumming
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you know what the word or term ‘long pig’ means then you’ll have a fair idea what the book title refers too. I didn’t, so it took me by surprise when the main premise of the book title is revealed. Jake Halligan is ex-military and now works as a Bounty Hunter in Boise, Idaho where he resides with his ex-wife Janine, who is soon to become his wife again for the second time ! Jake also has a sister, Frankie, who is an illegal gun runner and leads an unconventional life, living in the shadows an ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vets, LEO, and bad asses
Recommended to YardBoy by: ARC
This could be called a family story, one that touches all the elements of a shaky marriage, a child, parents, a sibling, etc. It's set in Idaho, perhaps one of the last frontiers left in the United States. The protagonists, a vet of US-Iraq operations and his ACD wife are bounty hunters, a legitimate business that attracts all the wrong kind of attention. A lawless sister is an arms dealer with a posse that knows how to use the LAW [Light Antitank Weapon]. The action is gritty and addictive with ...more
Ann Keeran
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling adventure with numerous twists and turns. This is a hunting club like no other. Nick Kolakowski created a wonderful work. Read this before your next hunting trip!
Beth Castrodale
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of the classic short story (and film) “The Most Dangerous Game,” I was excited to learn about this novel. In it, the hunters aren’t big-game stalkers looking for more potent thrills, but let-them-eat-cake one-percenters who see the less privileged--including the novel’s protagonist, Jake Halligan--as dispensable prey-as-entertainment.

I love the cat-and-mouse game between Jake and his pursuers. Yet with its complex, thoughtfully developed characters and storylines, dark humor, and sociop
Bradley Hague
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having spent months on scholarly research and deep capital “L” Literature, Boise Long Pig Hunting Club was just a delight to read.

In a nice break from the tired gritty urban detective, or headlong manic action of John Wick or Jack Reacher, Kolakowski lets his characters and his setting breathe, and build before the bodies start showing up. The leads don’t seem like ruthless killing machines, or people who would survive being shot fifty times. They seem like normal people. Jake would be fun to h
Rob Enderle
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK that was a quick read. Not what I typically read, I'm more into Science Fiction and Fantasy for fun. This is more of Action/adventure but it caught my interest and I couldn't put it down (which means I have some work to catch up with tonight). I even learned what a Longpig was, and trust me, you don't want it for dinner... Not a lot of moving parts, no deep thoughts or ponders, no sex, all of which makes for a great travel book (I like to lose myself in a book so I forget I'm in a metal tube ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nick Kolakowski is developing a very distinctive style and tone. His fast-paced, action-filled books mix violence, bleak humor, and controlled but heartfelt emotion with a tone that at times can be a touch snide without being uppity. And the snideness is directed at deserved targets. If the targets in Boise Longpig Hunting Club are easy marks, so what, really - they are still creeps and destructive jerks. To say that Kolakowski deals in class resentment or the overly broad misses the point: his ...more
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Nick Kolakowski's work has appeared in The Washington Post, McSweeney's, Washington City Paper, Playboy, LOST magazine, Trader Monthly, WebMD, and eWeek, among other venues. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. ...more

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