"Plugged" (Overlook Press), by Eoin Colfer: Eoin Colfer, primarily known for his children's books featuring Artemis Fowl, shows he can write a terrific crime novel for adults with "Plugged."
Daniel McEvoy works as a bouncer for a strip club and has feelings for a woman who works there. He's brash and sarcastic, but his size and military background essentially let him get away with behavior that would land other people in jail.
While visiting a seedy doctor for hair plugs, McEvoy is forced to kill a man with mob ties.
Shortly after thinking he's covered his tracks, McEvoy discovers the woman he likes has been murdered. The police believe he's guilty of her murder and the boss of the man he actually killed begins to pressure him to confess to that crime. With the help of some not-so-nice colleagues and a ghost, he tries to get his life back to normal.
"Plugged" is that rare book that mixes terrific suspense with laugh-out-loud humor. Colfer wrote a novel "And Another Thing ..." set in the universe of Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Imagine that strong sense of British comedy with sarcasm and terrible jokes flying constantly, but with bullets instead of spaceships.
McEvoy and his attitude will appeal to fans of both the crime novels of Elmore Leonard and the wacky characters prevalent in the novels of Carl Hiaasen.