Bloody Martini : A Felonious Monk Mystery

William Kotzwinkle

Chris Henry Coffey (Narrator)

02-14-23

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02-14-23

10hrs 2min

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“The unflinching Zen master of all trades in fiction reveals some of his best, most disarming magic in the epic sequel to Felonious Monk, proving again that no one does a gumshoe thriller quite like William Kotzwinkle. Here is a damn-near miraculous and grimly hilarious two-gun rocket ride through a mystic labyrinth of passion and crime, populated by a seemingly never-ending cast of quirky guys and dangerous dames, sadistic gangsters and salacious street toughs—there’s even a Kung Fu hairdresser!—all running on fumes from hell’s own refinery, circled by the one man who might save them, and yet is the most tragic and fated of all: the renegade monk Tommy Martini. In Kotzwinkle’s masterful hands and through Tommy’s unflinching eyes, we face the evils of our times and the most desperate and important questions of god and man in a constant battle for our own soul, all the while taking it on the chin for so many other sinners. From its first explosive chapter to the last stunning sentence, Bloody Martini is a tour-de-force that will force you to stay up very late, gazing deep into a black, yet profoundly illuminating night.” Stephen Romano, author of Resurrection Express and The Riot Act

A CrimeReads Pick of the Week's New Books
A Barnes & Noble Favorite Indie Book
A Goodreads Pick of Mysteries & Thrillers for Mood & Setting
A Publishers Weekly Pick of Upcoming Mysteries & Thrillers

Award-winning and bestselling author William Kotzwinkle is back with the second in the darkly comedic Felonious Monk series featuring Tommy Martini, a Benedictine monk with an anger management problem. Felonious Monk was praised as amiably satirical” (Washington Post) and “a whiplash adventure” (Wall Street Journal).

Coalville is on fire—from below. The old mines are burning, and everyone has poison gas in their brain. Maybe that’s why the town is so corrupt. Now that he’s a Benedictine monk, Tommy Martini never wants to see the place again—hell-raisers there hold a grudge till they die, and he’s on their wish list. But a girl he once loved has gone missing, and his best friend from childhood has been murdered. Among the living is a shy girl from Tommy’s past, who wants to help. Together, they learn the secret of the elephant’s graveyard, and it’s not in Africa.

At the heart of Coalville is Parade Square, with plenty of pigeons, drugs, and child prostitution. It’s the new small-town America, where Dionysus is dancing once again. William Kotzwinkle’s insight into this paradigm shift is shot through with the humor he is famous for, and the result is a spicy brew, a bloody martini—just one sip may keep you up all night.

Praise

“The unflinching Zen master of all trades in fiction reveals some of his best, most disarming magic in the epic sequel to Felonious Monk, proving again that no one does a gumshoe thriller quite like William Kotzwinkle. Here is a damn-near miraculous and grimly hilarious two-gun rocket ride through a mystic labyrinth of passion and crime, populated by a seemingly never-ending cast of quirky guys and dangerous dames, sadistic gangsters and salacious street toughs—there’s even a Kung Fu hairdresser!—all running on fumes from hell’s own refinery, circled by the one man who might save them, and yet is the most tragic and fated of all: the renegade monk Tommy Martini. In Kotzwinkle’s masterful hands and through Tommy’s unflinching eyes, we face the evils of our times and the most desperate and important questions of god and man in a constant battle for our own soul, all the while taking it on the chin for so many other sinners. From its first explosive chapter to the last stunning sentence, Bloody Martini is a tour-de-force that will force you to stay up very late, gazing deep into a black, yet profoundly illuminating night.” Stephen Romano, author of Resurrection Express and The Riot Act

“Winning…There’s lots of action, much of it violent, in Mr. Kotzwinkle’s second Felonious Monk novel.” Wall Street Journal

“This wry, extremely funny, character-driven novel will remind readers of classic LA noir…Kotzwinkle is sure to win new fans with this one.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Kicks major ass…A fitting memorial to the wisdom of the hero’s late grandfather: ‘I’m always angry. It saves time.’” Kirkus Reviews

“There is plenty of suspense, danger, violent confrontations, unexpected revelations, romance, and above all: originality…The novel is replete with bizarre characters who seem real and intensely alive, because William Kotzwinkle is incapable of writing about stereotypical characters…Kotzwinkle is a philosopher and theologian in addition to being a novelist.” Len Levinson, author of In the Pulp Fiction Trenches and The Rat Bastards

“A savage, white-hot noir overflowing with humor darker than Vantablack. Uncompromising, page-turning, genre-bending—James Cain on nitrous and LSD. Kotzwinkle firing on all cylinders = the best thriller of the year.” John Altman, author of The Korean Woman and others, on Felonius Monk

“Tommy Martini shows his hard-boiled PI creds right off in this riot of a novel…One has a sense of a writer gleefully deploying a splendid gift for creating bright images that illuminate a moment without distracting from it.” Booklist

“[A] dynamic mystery thriller.” Shelf Awareness

“Fans of this series will be praying that next chapter arrives soon.” January Magazine

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Language English
Release Day Feb 13, 2023
Release Date February 14, 2023
Number in Series 2
Series Display String The Felonious Monk Mysteries
Release Date Machine 1676332800
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Satire, Thriller & Suspense, Suspense, Private Investigators, Crime Thrillers, Action & Adventure, New Additions, Most Popular, Most Popular, New Additions
Author Bio
William Kotzwinkle

William Kotzwinkle has sold over ten million books. Two-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Fiction, he came to prominence with his cult classic The Fan Man. His novel Dr. Rat won the World Fantasy Award, and his children’s series Walter the Farting Dog sold two million copies. Movie credits include Book of Love and Nightmare on Elm Street 4. He also wrote the narration for Michael Jackson’s E.T. record, which won a special children’s Grammy. His books have been praised by such diverse luminaries as T. C. Boyle, Stephen King, Joanna Lumley, Ian McEwan, Terry Pratchett, Ram Dass, and Kurt Vonnegut. He divides his time between rural Arizona and the coast of Maine.

Narrator Bio
Chris Henry Coffey

Chris Henry Coffey is a film and television actor known for his role in David Schwimmer’s film Trust. He has also had roles on Broadway, including the play Bronx Bombers. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he divides his time between New York and Los Angeles.

Overview

A CrimeReads Pick of the Week's New Books
A Barnes & Noble Favorite Indie Book
A Goodreads Pick of Mysteries & Thrillers for Mood & Setting
A Publishers Weekly Pick of Upcoming Mysteries & Thrillers

Award-winning and bestselling author William Kotzwinkle is back with the second in the darkly comedic Felonious Monk series featuring Tommy Martini, a Benedictine monk with an anger management problem. Felonious Monk was praised as amiably satirical” (Washington Post) and “a whiplash adventure” (Wall Street Journal).

Coalville is on fire—from below. The old mines are burning, and everyone has poison gas in their brain. Maybe that’s why the town is so corrupt. Now that he’s a Benedictine monk, Tommy Martini never wants to see the place again—hell-raisers there hold a grudge till they die, and he’s on their wish list. But a girl he once loved has gone missing, and his best friend from childhood has been murdered. Among the living is a shy girl from Tommy’s past, who wants to help. Together, they learn the secret of the elephant’s graveyard, and it’s not in Africa.

At the heart of Coalville is Parade Square, with plenty of pigeons, drugs, and child prostitution. It’s the new small-town America, where Dionysus is dancing once again. William Kotzwinkle’s insight into this paradigm shift is shot through with the humor he is famous for, and the result is a spicy brew, a bloody martini—just one sip may keep you up all night.