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Fatboy by [Heatley, Paul]
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Length: 114 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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After his girlfriend leaves and takes their young son with her, Joey Hidalgo is left alone in the trailer they formerly called home with nothing to do but get drunk and contemplate her reasons. Is he really as angry, as volatile, so close to constant violence, as she claims he is?

No, Joey thinks, of course not, the real problem is money--or lack thereof. Joey's a bartender, always struggling to make ends meet, unlike his most vile regular customer, the rich and racist fatboy. So Joey hatches a plan to get his family back by taking him for all he's worth.

But the fatboy isn't going to make it easy for them. Neither is Joey's temper. Things are going to get messy, and it's gonna be one hell of a long night.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2284 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: All Due Respect Books (1 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071DD7NHN
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Noir From Paul Heatley 7 May 2017
By Greg Barth - Published on
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FatBoy from Paul Heatley is an unflinching noir story that works so much better than most.

Joey is down on his luck. When we first meet him, he's been on a drinking bout that's lasted several days. His girlfriend and mother of his young son has left him. His trailer is a mess. He has abandoned his job as a bartender. And the first chapter ends in brutal violence on Joey's part. There's the accusation that he has anger issues. When he is not permitted to see his year and a half old son, and his girlfriend refused to speak to him, Joey gets it in his head that his problems can be solved with money. And he knows just where to get it from - a wealthy, overweight customer of his who has made racist comments toward Joey for years.

A friend of his, a prostitute who works at the bar, goes in with Joey on the heist. Everything that can go wrong goes horribly wrong.

Paul Heatley delivers a brutal, unflinching, noir masterpiece that can be read and enjoyed in one sitting in FatBoy. Don't miss it!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Plan 19 May 2017
By Kevin Berg - Published on
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The big plan. The one that is going to fix everything for Joey. Bring his wife and his boy back, let him quit his mindless job, and get out of the damn trailer. Everything he needs to fix where his life has spun out of control. It seems simple enough, what could possibly go wrong?

I am not going to spoil any of the plot, this story was very clever and I was pleased to see it go somewhere I had not expected. The writing is crisp and the story was very well done, the plot has some turns and thrills that will leave you breathless and waiting for the next page, a very good modern crime novel.

Everyone knows a fatboy. Something like Sheldon's Personality Theory may suggest they should be fun-loving, sociable, and tolerant, but Heatley's characterization is quick to show why this ridiculous theory was rejected so long ago. Money and ignorance can highlight the worst in people, regardless of body type.

The descriptions of action and setting were phenomenal, and it was great to see the build to what ended up being a great finish. The comfortable language used in the narrative and dialogue helps pull you into the story and join Joey in his quest to make things right in his life. Right for his family.

Be prepared, though, the simplest plans can sometimes run into problems. Lucky you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like an inverted "Of Mice and Men" 5 May 2017
By Mets6986 - Published on
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In an odd way, this reminded me of another slim novel, Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." That's because what sets the tragic plot in motion is a dream that seems within reach if only enough money can be obtained. It seems simple but goes awfully wrong.

The way things go wrong in "Fatboy" is strikingly real. This is crime as it truly happens: botched. The sardonic dialogue is another big plus.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this. 10 May 2017
By e. hobart - Published on
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Fantastic short noir novel. Fast paced, an beautifully written. I would highly recommend this to any fan of dark crime fiction.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When A Man's Got Nothing Left To Lose 3 May 2017
By Dave Wilde - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Desperation. A man at the end of his rope. Life in tatters. A complete descent into the circles of hell. Check. A need for money. Check. A rather poorly planned heist with the oddest crew. Check. A hell of a final battle. Check. It's all there. All the ingredients for gritty crime fiction. Easy to read. Hard to put down. And a long steady build up to the climax. This novelette will not disappoint.

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