Frank Sinatra in a Blender by Matthew McBride audiobook

Frank Sinatra in a Blender

By Matthew McBride
Read by Keith Szarabajka

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780985578602
5.57 Hours Unabridged
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Nick Valentine has problems. He’s a drunken ex-cop who livesin his shabby office, hangs out at strip clubs, and has only one realfriend—Frank Sinatra. But he’s one of the best private investigators in Saint Louis. So when an inept crew robs a credit union, only Valentine can figure outwho made off with the millions—because sometimes solving a crime takes a hardguy who’s not afraid to work outside the law. Valentine swerves through the underbellyof Saint Louis looking for answers, and with every law he breaks, every drink hetakes, and every OxyContin he snorts, he lurches closer to finding the truth—orfloating facedown in the Missouri River. Brutally funny and wild, this no-holds-barred crimenovel reads like Elmore Leonard on meth: crazy and addictive—you’ll want more.

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Summary

Summary

Nick Valentine has problems. He’s a drunken ex-cop who livesin his shabby office, hangs out at strip clubs, and has only one realfriend—Frank Sinatra. But he’s one of the best private investigators in Saint Louis. So when an inept crew robs a credit union, only Valentine can figure outwho made off with the millions—because sometimes solving a crime takes a hardguy who’s not afraid to work outside the law. Valentine swerves through the underbellyof Saint Louis looking for answers, and with every law he breaks, every drink hetakes, and every OxyContin he snorts, he lurches closer to finding the truth—orfloating facedown in the Missouri River.

Brutally funny and wild, this no-holds-barred crimenovel reads like Elmore Leonard on meth: crazy and addictive—you’ll want more.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Frank Sinatra in a Blender is a perfect mix of hard-boiled fiction and pulp noir—with a perfect mix of Hunter S. Thompson. To say I loved this book is an understatement.” Brad Wyman, Hollywood film producer of Freeway and Monster
“Nick Valentine, the boozing, pill-popping hero of this insanely dark, grotesquely funny noir is himself a relative concept…It doesn’t hurt that he’s in the habit of walking into a bar and ordering a shot of Patrón, a shot of Jim Beam, a Corona, and a Captain ’n’ Coke—all for himself. That’s not a first round for everyone, but for those who can hold their liquor, this is a debut thriller to savor.” Booklist (starred review)
“High-octane, casually brutal action keeps the story slipping and sliding through the icy winter streets with touches of macabre humor providing laughter even amid the carnage. Fans of offbeat characters and grisly noir are in for a treat.” Publishers Weekly
Frank Sinatra in a Blender is a darkly shining example of psycho noir that takes it to the wall and then straight through. Stark, startling, extreme, haunting, and even poignant at times, the work of Matt McBride is going to be talked about for years to come.” Tom Piccirilli, Bram Stoker Award–winning author
“Matthew McBride makes Mickey Spillane read like Barbara Cartland. If you’re trying to give up coffee and cigarettes but aren’t quite ready to give up the oxy, Frank Sinatra in a Blender is the book for you.” Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest
“Read [Frank Sinatra in a Blender] in a day. Loved it!” Charlie Sheen
“Matthew McBride is one of those rare writers who can have you reeling in shock one minute and laughing out loud the next. Frank Sinatra in a Blender is a prime example. This book is a fun, twisted romp through McBride’s uniquely warped imagination. I loved every minute of it.” John Rector, nationally bestselling author
“This is a violent hell-trip of a book full of drugs and drink and bad people you like as soon as you meet ’em. Make no mistake, McBride is the king of Chainsaw Noir, and there’s no one else who can step to the throne.” Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Mockingbird

Reviews

Reviews

by Carol 9/13/2017
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A non-stop ride full of violence, alcohol, violence, and strippers, but it's funny and just a great, original book.

Frank Sinatra in a Blender by Matthew McBride is a non-stop ride full of violence, alcohol, violence, and strippers, but it's funny and just a great, original book. I read a fair amount of mysteries and crime fiction, but I have to say it's been ages since I've run into as screwed-up a hero as Nick. He's helping out the police chief, in theory, but running his own scam with his criminal buddies. He's one of those guys who works on both sides of the law and somehow gets away with it, but I do think he's a good guy. He appreciates the police chief and certainly has a soft spot for his dog.

Keith Szarabajka was a perfect reader for the story. He gave Valentine a tough edge, made every blow-by-blow factual, like this is just how the characters expect life to be. Io also liked the accent he gave a British guy and appreciate how difficult it must have been to find a voice for a man who had just had half of his face just blown off.

So, if you enjoy crime novels, have a slightly off sense of humor, and not a squeamish stomach. This one is a great read. Not one I'd recommend to my mother or daughter, but I do think my husband would enjoy it. If it were a movie, it's be to gory and violent for me, but as a book it works well. It's a quick ride with a shotgun by your side, a chainsaw in the trunk, and a bag of money in the back seat.

For those curious, Frank Sinatra is Valentine's dog, and yes he does end up in a blender. In the end, though, he's as tough as his owner and is only a little worse for wear.
by Judy 9/13/2017
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Wickedly funny.

I enjoyed Matthew McBride's warped sense of humor so much I immediately listened to the novel again. But it wasn't just the story and dark humor that made me enjoy Frank Sinatra in a Blender so much. I loved hearing it read by Keith Szarabajka. There couldn't be a more perfect narrator for this novel. He is a true voice artist.

If you have no tolerance for profanity and an aversion to gore, it's best to pass on this one. But if you like over-the-top characters and wicked humor, you will laugh all the way through it

Author

Author Bio: Matthew McBride

Author Bio: Matthew McBride

Matthew McBride burst onto the crime-writing scene with his shocking and visceral short stories of bad men and good guns. His powerful first novel, Frank Sinatra in a Blender, confirms what noir and crime pros were murmuring online for months—this guy is the one to watch. McBride lives on a farm in rural Missouri with his wife and a bull named Hemingway. He started writing on the assembly line at a Chrysler plant in Saint Louis, where he worked for thirteen years. Now he’s a force to be reckoned with as a crime writer. Welcome a new voice that’s raw, wild, and completely original.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 5.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English