Deadbomb Bingo Ray

Deadbomb Bingo Ray

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Crime. Vengeance. Love. Physics.

The infamous Deadbomb Bingo Ray is a high level fixer in the City of Brotherly Love. He’s the man you call when you’ve crossed the line into hopeless and there’s no way back to anywhere.

Three years have passed since Ray burned a hedge fund manager on behalf of a pool of retirees, and now the money man is back for revenge. While Ray unravels the plot and orchestrates some payback of his own, he unwittingly steps into the ultimate high stakes game. Falling in love with the beautiful physicist trapped at the edge of the burn was just bad timing.

When the fuse is finally lit, getting killed isn’t high on the list of the worst that could happen in this dark and stylish noir.

Jeff Johnson is a writer who divides his time between Portland and Los Angeles. He's the author of the critically acclaimed Tattoo Machine, Spiegel & Grau 2007, as well as Everything Under The Moon,...more


Ray is a Philadelphia fixer and problem solver, who picked up his nickname in Vegas during a crooked card game that involved a grenade. Three years ago, he’d thwarted a hedge-fund scheme operated by Tim Cantwell and Anton Brown that would have cheated its retiree investors. Ray continues to mess with Anton and also falls for Abigail, a geek goddess who may wreck his fixer mojo. When Tim comes looking for revenge, things quickly get twisted and nasty. Chapter soundtracks (including songs by Rev. Horton Heat, Nick Cave, the Ventures, King Harvest, Leela James, and more) help to establish the ambiance and set the scenes. VERDICT The author of the “Darby Holland” crime novels launches a fast-paced, quick-witted neonoir caper packed with cons and double crosses, larger-than-life characters, and vivid language. Bound to attract fans of Norman Green, Roger Hobbs, and Max Allan Collins’s “Quarry” novels, as well as the gritty works of Stuart MacBride and Pete Dexter.

Library Journal, Pick of the Month, November 2017

The launch of Johnson’s new series, as inventive and comic as the Darby Holland books (Lucky Supreme, etc.), introduces Philadelphia fixer Dead Bomb Bingo Ray. Three years earlier, Ray derailed a scheme by greedy hedge fund manager Tim Cantwell to rip off some retirees. When Ray learns that Tim is now plotting revenge, Ray sets out to teach him a lesson. Ray believes in firepower (he keeps two Berettas loaded with three different kinds of bullets) and in safe exits (he pays the proprietors of four restaurants, a grocery store, a dress shop, and more to stand by in case he needs their help). Cantwell has his allies, such as operator Mary Chapman, the bait for a honey-trap. That Mary has her own complicated schemes, as do various other players, prompts Ray’s helper, Cody, to comment: “Setup inside a setup inside a setup. Inside a setup.” Descriptive gems—“the costume brought out the side of him that was dangerous in a next-level way, beyond angry beehive and well into biblical-serpent territory”—make Johnson’s writing a rare treat. (Nov.) Reviewed on 09/08/2017 | Release date: 11/01/2017 | Details & Permalink

Publishers Weekly

"This evil strut of a book is wildly smart, utterly warped and exultant in its own mad glory."

Warren Ellis, author of the Crooked Little Vein and The New York Times best-selling novel Gun Machine

"We lost George V. Higgins...thank goodness we now have Jeff Johnson. Deadbomb Bingo Ray is a shot of...muscle-noir...with a bounce and a turn of phrase that elevates it above the pack. If this guy's under your radar, recalibrate!"

Sean Doolittle, author of The Cleanup and Lake Country

"Deadbomb Bingo Ray is hard-boiled, hilarious, and as serious as a straight razor. It has more good ideas, great jokes, and splendid writing on one page than most books have in a full chapter. Read it, because it's the only book even remotely like it that will be published any time soon."

Tim Hallinan, author of the Simeon Grist, Poke Rafferty, and Junior Bender series