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Wise-cracking stockbroker Austin Carr is about to be killed by an unknown man in an unusual fashion - dragged from a fishing boat to his watery grave by a giant bluefin tuna. Flashing back three weeks, Carr then recalls the events and bad choices that got him into his deadly predicament. We spend the book trying to guess the identity of the unknown man on the fishi Wise-cracking stockbroker Austin Carr is about to be killed by an unknown man in an unusual fashion - dragged from a fishing boat to his watery grave by a giant bluefin tuna. Flashing back three weeks, Carr then recalls the events and bad choices that got him into his deadly predicament. We spend the book trying to guess the identity of the unknown man on the fishing boat; not an easy task because Carr's big mouth alienates about everyone he knows. "Darkly comic, with an engaging protagonist." -- T.J. MacGregor, Edgar Winner, Author of The Tango Key Mysteries "Big Numbers is a gritty, sexy, violent, and funny book." -- Liz Clifford at Reviewed by Liz "Wonderful characters...well-written, entertaining...a good read." --Connie Anderson for Armchair Interviews   "Jack Getze started his career as a newspaper reporter. As a result, BIG NUMBERS is lean and mean, with not a word wasted. A truly fun, genuinely funny read." --Lisa Guidarini for Bluestalking Reader


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Wise-cracking stockbroker Austin Carr is about to be killed by an unknown man in an unusual fashion - dragged from a fishing boat to his watery grave by a giant bluefin tuna. Flashing back three weeks, Carr then recalls the events and bad choices that got him into his deadly predicament. We spend the book trying to guess the identity of the unknown man on the fishi Wise-cracking stockbroker Austin Carr is about to be killed by an unknown man in an unusual fashion - dragged from a fishing boat to his watery grave by a giant bluefin tuna. Flashing back three weeks, Carr then recalls the events and bad choices that got him into his deadly predicament. We spend the book trying to guess the identity of the unknown man on the fishing boat; not an easy task because Carr's big mouth alienates about everyone he knows. "Darkly comic, with an engaging protagonist." -- T.J. MacGregor, Edgar Winner, Author of The Tango Key Mysteries "Big Numbers is a gritty, sexy, violent, and funny book." -- Liz Clifford at Reviewed by Liz "Wonderful characters...well-written, entertaining...a good read." --Connie Anderson for Armchair Interviews   "Jack Getze started his career as a newspaper reporter. As a result, BIG NUMBERS is lean and mean, with not a word wasted. A truly fun, genuinely funny read." --Lisa Guidarini for Bluestalking Reader

30 review for Big Numbers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    Wanted my money. I'm sucker for trading and stock market mystery books and had good reviews. Austin Carr is one sorry character, definitely won't read any more about him. Don't do what I did, should ask my money back.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    This slender book turned out to be a cinch to sink into and a delight to finish. Austin Carr, with his ‘infectious grin’, is a down-on-his luck stockbroker saddled with a vicious ex-wife, office politics, and mucho debt to settle. It becomes much worse, however, when he ignores his instincts and takes a gamble on a bad deal. Will he be able to survive his mistake, or is this the big one he’ll never walk away from? The fun ‘hero’ is humorous, shamelessly male in his pursuits, and a father with the This slender book turned out to be a cinch to sink into and a delight to finish. Austin Carr, with his ‘infectious grin’, is a down-on-his luck stockbroker saddled with a vicious ex-wife, office politics, and mucho debt to settle. It becomes much worse, however, when he ignores his instincts and takes a gamble on a bad deal. Will he be able to survive his mistake, or is this the big one he’ll never walk away from? The fun ‘hero’ is humorous, shamelessly male in his pursuits, and a father with the right priorities where his kids are concerned. He is also one of those who life likes laughing at while it keeps tossing him cards of irony and chaos. The story’s bombshell is classic noir – alluring, inviting, and dangerous. I won’t go over every character but will say even the smaller roles stand out proudly. Even when they follow trademark roles, they’re still enjoyable. Jack Getze delivers his tale smoothly using short paragraphs and mini chapters. Action and pacing keep the story moving at a good speed through humorous inner musings, convincing dialogue, and the classic traits which make a story shine. The ending holds at least two surprises, dishing out tantalizing twists mystery fans will enjoy. Overall, Big Numbers excels by borrowing age-old noir crime qualities we already know and love, but those familiarities are intertwined with a fresh, unique style all of its own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carol MacInnis

    I won this book from a contest on Goodreads. Austin Carr's full-boat grin may charm some of those as Sr. Financial Consultant for seven years at Shore Securities Inc., but certainly not everyone. Carr's ex-wife, Susan has a restraining order on him from seeing her or their 2 children due to back support payments on his alimony and child support. Add to that, with the downward spiral of the market, not only is he missing his kids, but his salary and commissions have certainly taken a kick in the p I won this book from a contest on Goodreads. Austin Carr's full-boat grin may charm some of those as Sr. Financial Consultant for seven years at Shore Securities Inc., but certainly not everyone. Carr's ex-wife, Susan has a restraining order on him from seeing her or their 2 children due to back support payments on his alimony and child support. Add to that, with the downward spiral of the market, not only is he missing his kids, but his salary and commissions have certainly taken a kick in the pants. He is now living out of his camper since being evicted from his apartment and now his clients are coming after him big time with rage in their eyes. Then his largest client, dubbed 'the monster', Gerry Burns, is dying of terminal cancer and wants to pull out all of his investments. But when Gerry's wife, Kelly goes to Carr behind Gerry's back, Carr gets caught up in much more than he thinks he can handle. He figures, why not add a little more drama to his life besides psycho's, and death threats from his boss, etc., how could anything else go wrong. Oh........but it does! Author, Jack Getze does a superb job in grabbing you right at the beginning and doesn't let you go for a single page! Austin Carr's character is colorful, humorous and is full of action packed surprises! Fantastic read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    After both my husband and I read Jack Getze book, Big Numbers, we both came to the conclusion that we are surely glad to NOT be Austin Carr. No one person should have to endure all of the misadventures that this poor guy has had. This is a fast paced novel that tells the story of a down and out divorced stockbroker who has to try to find a way to get his children back and what he does to get this to happen is madcap adventures. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, but do yourself a favor After both my husband and I read Jack Getze book, Big Numbers, we both came to the conclusion that we are surely glad to NOT be Austin Carr. No one person should have to endure all of the misadventures that this poor guy has had. This is a fast paced novel that tells the story of a down and out divorced stockbroker who has to try to find a way to get his children back and what he does to get this to happen is madcap adventures. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, but do yourself a favor and read this book. It will make you glad that you are who you are and not being beaten, hit by a car, and kicked around by so many that a hospital stay would have been a vacation for him had it ever taken the time to be there long enough. Both of us enjoyed this book a lot; a very different approach to a murder mystery and a lot of humorous antics make this a really great novel to get your blood flowing. We received this book complimentary for no compensation other than an honest review. Both my husband and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a little dark comedy and a adventure story. We are truly looking forward to Mr. Getze next book, and I bet you will too.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Won this book through a Goodreads giveaway and just finished it up. The MC, Austin Carr is a stockbroker who has gone down further than rock bottom: his wife divorced him, he's not making any money as a stockbroker, since no money he can't see his kids, and he's been reduced to living in a rusty camper that he parks in a Mexican restaurant parking lot. His biggest client has health issues, the client's wife is coming on to him, another client is super pissed about an investment and wants to get r Won this book through a Goodreads giveaway and just finished it up. The MC, Austin Carr is a stockbroker who has gone down further than rock bottom: his wife divorced him, he's not making any money as a stockbroker, since no money he can't see his kids, and he's been reduced to living in a rusty camper that he parks in a Mexican restaurant parking lot. His biggest client has health issues, the client's wife is coming on to him, another client is super pissed about an investment and wants to get revenge, and his supervisor is ready to take him down by any means necessary. All Austin Carr has to get him by is his famous full-boat Carr grin. All in all a good story, there were a couple of issues that left me hanging (the storylines with Psyco Sam and Rags), but maybe those will be addressed in the next book, which I can't wait to read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Hate the cover....LOVE the book! Austin Carr had me at HELLO! I was swooning for him within the first paragraph. For me, Mr. Carr made this book fabulous. I loved his ability to take a serious situation and morph it into something lighter. Some may question his shady ethics but you know deep down he is good people. I am typically not a fan of murder/mysteries but with Austin along for the ride i was totally digging the storyline. I was also really down with the short length chapters. It always left Hate the cover....LOVE the book! Austin Carr had me at HELLO! I was swooning for him within the first paragraph. For me, Mr. Carr made this book fabulous. I loved his ability to take a serious situation and morph it into something lighter. Some may question his shady ethics but you know deep down he is good people. I am typically not a fan of murder/mysteries but with Austin along for the ride i was totally digging the storyline. I was also really down with the short length chapters. It always left me with comfortable stopping/starting points. I will be reading more of Austin Carr. I HEART HIM!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    The dark humour in this book appealed to me, but what an immoral character Austin Carr is. How could anyone trust a stockbroking firm like his with their money? Plenty of subtle humour, an unbelievable story that kept getting more and more bizarre and an amazing ending. Not a very long book but very entertaining.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    A mystery where the protagonist is a stockbroker? Who would have guessed that would be such an enjoyable read? This book is published by Down & Out Books, which is a good description for the main character, Austin Carr. This was a fun, fast read, however I did not enjoy the prologue or the back description, which I found to be misleading. But all in all a good read! PS: I won a copy of this book. A mystery where the protagonist is a stockbroker? Who would have guessed that would be such an enjoyable read? This book is published by Down & Out Books, which is a good description for the main character, Austin Carr. This was a fun, fast read, however I did not enjoy the prologue or the back description, which I found to be misleading. But all in all a good read! PS: I won a copy of this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dorie

    Nope. Never. Ever. Again.

  10. 5 out of 5

    BonusMom

    Oh what a web we weave Very good story about a stockbroker who steps over the line .... and what a step. Entertaining with a sense of humor that will keep you glued, and laughing, to the end. Recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

    I love the cover. Austin Carr cannot figure out what is going on and it took me a while to figure it out myself. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. Who to trust? Who is crossing who? The end of Big Numbers is the beginning. From the first sentence, I am wondering what’s happening. I was puzzled and I read on trying to figure out how Austin Carr ended up in such a dire situation. I was hooked. I like an early hook in books. It grabs me and sucks me in quickly. Big Number is a I love the cover. Austin Carr cannot figure out what is going on and it took me a while to figure it out myself. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. Who to trust? Who is crossing who? The end of Big Numbers is the beginning. From the first sentence, I am wondering what’s happening. I was puzzled and I read on trying to figure out how Austin Carr ended up in such a dire situation. I was hooked. I like an early hook in books. It grabs me and sucks me in quickly. Big Number is a novel that brings to mind the old detective novels, where the femme fatale is the detective’s downfall. But this is not a novel about a detective and his case. Austin Carr – his business card says he is a financial consultant, but he is really just a glorified salesman. He works for himself, after losing everything in the market crash, including his family. Now he sleeps and lives in a small camper that he parks in the lot of a Mexican restaurant. His world is filled with lies and bullshit. He is a jerk of the highest caliber, but he is loyal and stands by his friends. I kept wondering if he was always like that or if it was because of a series of events that were out of his control. A bad boy is one thing, a scumbag another. But I believe the basics are already there, it is what you do when the shit hits the fan that defines you. And it does, when she walks into his office. The femme fatale gets the dumb stockbroker to break all the rules. She makes an offer that would solve his money troubles, only to have him walk off the gangplank. Austin needs to invest in a hospital. He gets choked, shot at, hit by a car, buried in sand, suffers police brutality and that is not even the worst of it. Could the crap get any worse? What do you think? There is lots of violence, but plenty of humor too. He writes of Austin wearing a speedo. Had me laughing as I pictured the event. Quotes “Sex is like salt and pepper to this woman. She sprinkles it on everything.” “Like there’s some big joke everybody knows but me.” And the joke will be on him. “Good evening folks. Allow me to introduce Austin Carr, this years winner of the Golden Dickhead Award. Presented….to that individual making the biggest fool of himself, by thinking with His Penis.” “Stealing is stealing, right?’ “Prosecutors tend to use Big Numbers against you.” 4 STARS – Would Highly Recommend To Others I would like to thank for giving me a copy of Big Numbers in return for an honest and unbiased review. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more of his work. Jack Getze

  12. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Waddell

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was unlike anything I've ever read before. I have read a ton of mysteries in my life, but none quite like this one. This book manages to be both funny and witty, while still being a legitimate mystery. The main character, Austin Carr, made me laugh throughout the story, both with and at him. The plot takes you on twists and turns. This book is genuinely entertaining on multiple levels. 'Big Numbers' tells the stor I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was unlike anything I've ever read before. I have read a ton of mysteries in my life, but none quite like this one. This book manages to be both funny and witty, while still being a legitimate mystery. The main character, Austin Carr, made me laugh throughout the story, both with and at him. The plot takes you on twists and turns. This book is genuinely entertaining on multiple levels. 'Big Numbers' tells the story of Austin Carr. Carr is a down on his luck stockbroker who is both divorced and a father. Because of his financial troubles he is unable to pay his alimony and child support which means he isn't allowed to see his kids. The story centers around his attempts to get the money needed to see his children again. He embarks on a series of crazy misadventures in the form of a scheme to get fast cash and basically has the worst luck possible. The story escalates and madness ensues. I don't want to give away the story, but the bottom-line is: be glad you aren't Austin Carr. First off I need to talk about Austin. He is hilarious and maybe just a touch delusional. He is in pretty much the worst position possible, but he genuinely believes that his charm and charisma will get him out of every situation. He's such an odd duck. He is so sure of himself and his ability to succeed, yet I wouldn't necessarily call him egotistical. He's kind of an enigma to me, but one I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The story itself is beautifully written with interesting plot twists and well developed characters you can really sink your teeth into. It is action packed right from the get go and I literally couldn't stop reading until the very end. I ended up finishing the book in a number of hours in one sitting (and I'm not a crazy fast reader). I had a hard time figuring out who I, as a reader, should trust throughout the story and really had no idea where it was going to end up. I find it refreshing that I couldn't easily predict what would happen and who turned out to be evil and who turned out to be good. It's so easy for mysteries to be overly obvious and on the other end of the spectrum mysteries can go the other route and pull cheap tricks and omissions to make sure you don't figure out the end. This book didn't do either of those things. It was a genuinely well-written and intriguing mystery. I highly recommend this book. It's a quick read with amazing characters and an unpredictable plot. It is not your everyday mystery novel and I love it for that. Jack Getze is clearly an incredible talent and I cannot wait to read the follow-up books to 'Big Numbers'. I give it a solid 5 out of 5 star rating.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    When I got the tour invite for Big Numbers I was really excited to give the book a try and since I was going through a mystery phase I thought hey, I can totally squeeze this in, and I did manage to and the plus was I managed to fit it on the blog schedule and really liked it as well. In Big Numbers we're introduced to our down and out hero Austin Carr, who is a hot mess. I loved him as a character but lordy was he a hot mess! I loved it, too often I find that characters in books are too put toge When I got the tour invite for Big Numbers I was really excited to give the book a try and since I was going through a mystery phase I thought hey, I can totally squeeze this in, and I did manage to and the plus was I managed to fit it on the blog schedule and really liked it as well. In Big Numbers we're introduced to our down and out hero Austin Carr, who is a hot mess. I loved him as a character but lordy was he a hot mess! I loved it, too often I find that characters in books are too put together so I thought it was refreshing to see one like Austin Carr who besides being a hot mess, divorced dad, living in a camper he has got to have the worst luck I've ever seen a character have and ya know what folks? I loved him! Seriously, I can't remember the last time I've read a book as funny as this one did. It was a quick light hearted read but don't let that fool you. Big Numbers well and truly had it's fair share of plot twists and turns and I totally wasn't expecting that to be partnered with a main character whom I had a lot of fun laughing at. The characters, while they seemed to appear as one thing did so deceivingly because whilst I was reading it there were things that certain characters did that made me stop and think for a moment, and served as a reminded of how deceptive characters in mystery novels can be whether they be the good or the bad guys. Overall, there was quite a bit of action, drama and intrigue to balance out all the hilarious trouble Austin seems to bring with him wherever he goes. Before I started this book I was a little nervous but now I'm so glad that I read the book for the tour because this is definitely a series I'll be follow. I would recommend Big Numbers to fans who want something more than a cozy mystery but don't want something to long, or too serious that they can't get away with reading a book in an afternoon. If you like interesting characters with hard luck stories and want a laugh as well as some mystery and action pick this one up as soon as you can! *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jane Reads (Jane in SC)

    Big Numbers is the first book in the Austin Carr Mystery series. Author Jack Getze states that the genre is Screwball Mystery, an apt description for a fun read. Austin Carr has the worst luck. A successful stockbroker until the market crashed, Austin underwent some major changes in his lifestyle after the crash. His income, based solely on commissions from his clients' stock transactions, was cut in half. The worst consequence is that, because he can't make his alimony and child-support payments Big Numbers is the first book in the Austin Carr Mystery series. Author Jack Getze states that the genre is Screwball Mystery, an apt description for a fun read. Austin Carr has the worst luck. A successful stockbroker until the market crashed, Austin underwent some major changes in his lifestyle after the crash. His income, based solely on commissions from his clients' stock transactions, was cut in half. The worst consequence is that, because he can't make his alimony and child-support payments on his current salary, Austin's visitation rights with his two children have been suspended. And then, there's all the people trying to kill him. But none of this affects Austin's self-confidence. He believes that people will like him, because he gives them "the famous Carr smile." He gets people to go along with him, by flashing "the famous, full-boat Carr grin." He is irresistible to people, because of "the famous Carr charm." Austin's story, charm and all, was irresistible to me. I couldn't put it down, because I just had to find out what would happen to Austin next, and ended up reading Big Numbers in one day. I am looking forward to reading Big Money and Big Mojo, the next books in Jack Getze's Screwball Mystery Austin Carr series. I recommend Big Numbers to mystery fans, especially those who like their mystery splashed with a dash of noir, a pinch of zany, some thrilling, and a lot of funny. Big Numbers, by Jack Getze, rates four out of five stars -- I really enjoyed it! (originally published at Jane Reads)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Kelly

    Big Numbers is the story of Austen Carr, stock broker with the worst luck. He has an angry ex wife who will not let him see his kids unless he pays her back support, he lives in a beat up camper parked in the parking lot of his favorite restaurant. He has a boss, who is a real jerk, who would love to see him fired but the owner of the brokerage does not want to do that because Austen is able to play golf successfully and help him with his own golf game. Austen also loves to have a few drinks at Big Numbers is the story of Austen Carr, stock broker with the worst luck. He has an angry ex wife who will not let him see his kids unless he pays her back support, he lives in a beat up camper parked in the parking lot of his favorite restaurant. He has a boss, who is a real jerk, who would love to see him fired but the owner of the brokerage does not want to do that because Austen is able to play golf successfully and help him with his own golf game. Austen also loves to have a few drinks at his favorite watering hole, where he parks his "home" and he really loves to have sex, lots of it and with the girlfriend of one of his big clients. He is relatively happy in spite of his circumstances but it all goes downhill when an investment goes wrong and a client wants his $50,000 back and he will do whatever it takes to get it back, including beating Austen senseless and sending hi to the emergency room, not once but three times in four days. The book is full of nonstop humor, lots of violence, sex and enough bad guys and other quirky characters to keep the pages turning. The story only takes place over a few days in Austen's life but what a crazy few days it is for sure, starting and ending on a fishing boat, with the reader wondering exactly how he ends up on the boat to begin with. The ending was a surprise, didn't see it coming. I enjoyed the book and recommend it for the mystery lover!! I received the book for review and was not monetarily compensated for my review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    4 STARS This book is different from what I usually like to read. The characters are ones you can admire or mostly like. Lots of swearing, violence. So why rate it 4 stars. Because I could not put it down. I felt bad about Austin. The only luck he seemed to have was bad luck. I could not stop reading because I did not know what was coming but figured it was not good for Austin. Austin is a Stockbroker who has lost everything. He is living in his truck with camper shell. He parks in different par 4 STARS This book is different from what I usually like to read. The characters are ones you can admire or mostly like. Lots of swearing, violence. So why rate it 4 stars. Because I could not put it down. I felt bad about Austin. The only luck he seemed to have was bad luck. I could not stop reading because I did not know what was coming but figured it was not good for Austin. Austin is a Stockbroker who has lost everything. He is living in his truck with camper shell. He parks in different parking lots. Mainly his favorite Mexican Bar. His boss likes him but his supervisor hates him. He owes child support because his amount was for when he was doing well. The one thing I really admire about Austin is his love for his kids. He worries about how he will pay so he can see his kids again. He gets creative to be supportive of them. Austin reminds me of Charlie Brown. You keep hoping things will workout for him. But you know that Lucy will jerk the ball out from under again. So with Austin I want something to go right for him. I want him to make right choices. In a car chase he has 4 or 5 different folks chasing him. Lots of action. The pace is fast. He gets into trouble rescued then more trouble. Lots of drama, crimes and twists and turns that keep you turning the page to see what comes next. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review and be part of its blog tour.

  17. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Man, I thought I had bad luck! Austin Carr seems to be cursed and his ex-wife sounds like she was based on my ex-daughter-in-law. So I clearly had a soft spot for Austin from the beginning. This story covers his life for about 3 short weeks in his life and Austin ends up in the emergency room more times than I can count, wonder if he had insurance :) While tragic circumstances seem to sneak up all around him, Austin has a keen sense of humor and even when facing his own death he comes up with som Man, I thought I had bad luck! Austin Carr seems to be cursed and his ex-wife sounds like she was based on my ex-daughter-in-law. So I clearly had a soft spot for Austin from the beginning. This story covers his life for about 3 short weeks in his life and Austin ends up in the emergency room more times than I can count, wonder if he had insurance :) While tragic circumstances seem to sneak up all around him, Austin has a keen sense of humor and even when facing his own death he comes up with some classic one-liners. The author calls the story a “screwball mystery” and that describes it perfectly. It is full of suspense with snippets that will make you laugh out loud. All Austin wants is get get his ex off his back so he can spend time with his kids. He owes her a lot of back support to make that happen so he is drawn into an unusual scheme or schemes and at times he in way over his head, drowning quite literally. Getze has created a sensational character in Austin Carr. Even when he is breaking the law you want him to come out on top. Let’s face it a guy who wears a Speedo to his daughter’s swim competition to go unnoticed can’t be all bad. If you like your mysteries with plenty of thrills with a side of crazy these pages will be flying. I hated for this book to end!!! I can’t wait for the re-release of Big Money!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    This is the first book in the Austin Carr mystery series. My first thought was…a stockbroker hero??? Mmm…well, let’s give it a try. To my surprise, it worked! It really did! Talk about a character who is “down and out” – that’s Austin Carr. I don’t think I ever read a character who had so many bad things happen to him. At times, I found it hard to root for him but at other times I wanted him to succeed. I was torn! It’s a good, funny story filled with suspense and adventure. I like that a couple o This is the first book in the Austin Carr mystery series. My first thought was…a stockbroker hero??? Mmm…well, let’s give it a try. To my surprise, it worked! It really did! Talk about a character who is “down and out” – that’s Austin Carr. I don’t think I ever read a character who had so many bad things happen to him. At times, I found it hard to root for him but at other times I wanted him to succeed. I was torn! It’s a good, funny story filled with suspense and adventure. I like that a couple of characters may not be as bad (or as good) as you might think. What I really loved – there were so many twists and turns you didn’t know if you were coming or going. I read this one in a few days and really enjoyed the blend of mystery with humor. It had me laughing at times and cringing at others. It’s one of those books you want to read straight through even if it meant missing a few night’s sleep. That’s how it was with Big Numbers – twists, turns and a plot to keep readers extremely interested. A great start to the series! FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paula Ratcliffe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was definitely different then your cozy mysteries we come to read and love, not that there isn't anything to love about the dysfunctional Austin Carr. His life is a mess he lives in a camper that he parks at the local bar and is fighting to see his kids and running from the law when his ex-wife spots him. When he finds out his only loaded client is about to die of terminal cancer, he ends up hooking up with his client's hot wife. When she starts getting him to do things he knows he shou This book was definitely different then your cozy mysteries we come to read and love, not that there isn't anything to love about the dysfunctional Austin Carr. His life is a mess he lives in a camper that he parks at the local bar and is fighting to see his kids and running from the law when his ex-wife spots him. When he finds out his only loaded client is about to die of terminal cancer, he ends up hooking up with his client's hot wife. When she starts getting him to do things he knows he shouldn't he thinks with the wrong head and pursues whatever she wants. This book was everything opposite of a cozy mystery. It definitely had humor, and alot of head shaking at the luck that Carr is given. He stumbles in and out of hospitals so much he should have them on a monthly fee. But everything he does in the end is to be reunited with his children. Every bad choice is to get Carr one step closer to his kids. Which I can value as many would do just about anything to keep our kids in our lives. I think alot of people will love the situations that Austin gets himself into and watching him wiggle his way out of!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Momma

    Let me start with this by saying that this is not my normal genre of choice. I am a romance/smut reader.. Sure I like some mystery but I prefer the top genre to be romance.. Still, something about the blurb made me want to try Big Numbers. I am certainly glad that I did! Austin Carr is a goof-ball stock broker who is in some seriously bad times. Living in a camper, parked in the back of a mexican restaurant and unable to see his kids except when he sneaks in (sometimes in a speedo). You can't he Let me start with this by saying that this is not my normal genre of choice. I am a romance/smut reader.. Sure I like some mystery but I prefer the top genre to be romance.. Still, something about the blurb made me want to try Big Numbers. I am certainly glad that I did! Austin Carr is a goof-ball stock broker who is in some seriously bad times. Living in a camper, parked in the back of a mexican restaurant and unable to see his kids except when he sneaks in (sometimes in a speedo). You can't help but laugh at Austin's off the wall attempts and shake your head at his constant bad decisions. But you will love him strictly based on his love for his children. Everything he does is with the ultimate goal of being reunited with his children.. How can you not love that in a guy? The book is full of twisting and turning mystery. Just when you think you have it all figured out, the author jabs you with a new twist. How many people can be after one man? I was constantly surprised and kept on my toes! In the mood for a good mystery? Give Big Numbers a shot!! *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Austin Carr is a down on his luck stockbroker, with a vicious ex-wife, lots of debt, and he has office politics to deal with. But all that is double that is until he goes against his best judgment and gets involved with a bad deal. Can Austin come out on top or will all his bad choices come back to get him in the end? Austin is a hero that you can’t help enjoy reading about. He is humorous, shameless in his pursuits of women even when they are wrong for him, but when it comes to his kids his hear Austin Carr is a down on his luck stockbroker, with a vicious ex-wife, lots of debt, and he has office politics to deal with. But all that is double that is until he goes against his best judgment and gets involved with a bad deal. Can Austin come out on top or will all his bad choices come back to get him in the end? Austin is a hero that you can’t help enjoy reading about. He is humorous, shameless in his pursuits of women even when they are wrong for him, but when it comes to his kids his heart is in the right place and he will do whatever it takes to get them back. At every turn though life throws more and more curve balls at him and I found myself wondering how he would get out of this mess. At times though I wanted to smack him and scream at him for doing something he knew was wrong but he did it anyway. Through all his mistakes Austin’s sense of humor had me laughing right along with him and I can’t wait to read the next book to see what messes he gets himself into. 4/5 Bloody Fangs

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carl R.

    I was promised action and suspense when a friend recommended Jack Getze's crime thriller, Big Numbers. Action I got. Quite a bit of suspense, too, I have to admit. However, Austin Carr--a broke and disgraced con man of a stockbroker living in a camper, estranged from his ex-wife and blocked from seeing his kids--is such a phony it's hard to root for him through all his perils-of-Pauline adventures. Getze's invented some terrific situations. Never heard until now of murder-by-sea-fishing. And Aust I was promised action and suspense when a friend recommended Jack Getze's crime thriller, Big Numbers. Action I got. Quite a bit of suspense, too, I have to admit. However, Austin Carr--a broke and disgraced con man of a stockbroker living in a camper, estranged from his ex-wife and blocked from seeing his kids--is such a phony it's hard to root for him through all his perils-of-Pauline adventures. Getze's invented some terrific situations. Never heard until now of murder-by-sea-fishing. And Austin's redhead femme fatale is a luscious piece of work. The book's structured nicely, with the key dilemma introduced in the beginning, so that we're always wondering as the action proceeds how Austin's going to wind up where the novel started. Getze also sets up the now-he-has-the-cash-now-doesn't plot maneuver nicely. Still, a protagonist who's as shallow and false as this guy calls for snickers not cheers. No matter how much he loves his kids.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen M

    Down and out in New Jersey, that's Austin Carr. His numbers as a stockbroker just aren't big enough to make his alimony and child support payments so he's living in a camper truck and he can't see his kids until he pays up all the back money he owes his ex-wife. He's thinking things can't get any worst and then they do. His biggest client has a very sexy redhead for a wife and he confides to Austin that he's dying. The redhead, Kelly, needs comfort while her husbands dies and Austin seems to be t Down and out in New Jersey, that's Austin Carr. His numbers as a stockbroker just aren't big enough to make his alimony and child support payments so he's living in a camper truck and he can't see his kids until he pays up all the back money he owes his ex-wife. He's thinking things can't get any worst and then they do. His biggest client has a very sexy redhead for a wife and he confides to Austin that he's dying. The redhead, Kelly, needs comfort while her husbands dies and Austin seems to be the comfort for which she been looking. Of course there's a little financial matter with which Kelly needs his help. Add to this the disgruntled client who wants his money back, the murderous sales manager who hates him and the guy in black who's been following him around and you have a slapstick story that takes place within just a few days. Well-written crazy situations and a nice twist at the end kept my interest to the last page. I won this book in a FirstReads giveaway.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rosalee

    Austin Carr is a very unlucky stock broker. Not only that, he has to deal with Susan, his angry ex wife who will not let him see his kids unless he pays her back support. He calls a beat up camper parked in the parking lot of his favorite restaurant home. He has a boss, who is a real jerk. In fact, the only reason he still has a job is because the owner of the firm thinks Austin can help him with his golf game. Austin still finds some things in life to be pleasurable, like his favorite watering Austin Carr is a very unlucky stock broker. Not only that, he has to deal with Susan, his angry ex wife who will not let him see his kids unless he pays her back support. He calls a beat up camper parked in the parking lot of his favorite restaurant home. He has a boss, who is a real jerk. In fact, the only reason he still has a job is because the owner of the firm thinks Austin can help him with his golf game. Austin still finds some things in life to be pleasurable, like his favorite watering hole and the red headed girlfriend of one of his clients. His life continues to spiral down when an investment gamble goes wrong and a client wants his $50,000 back. The client is very angry and Austin is the target of his wrath. And through it all, Austin is trying to get to see his kids. Getze has combined humor, action, and quirky characters to keep the story going! He tells a good story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    This book is marketed as a cozy mystery, and while those books have their fair share of humor, this one tops them all. You know the saying "If it wasn't for Bad Luck, I'd have no Luck at all?" Well that sums up Austin Carr. His income has tanked, he has lost most of his material possessions because of it. He lives in a rusty camper and can't see his kids - which is what he wants more than anything. When the story starts out you think this is just a deadbeat dad, sort of homeless, alcoholic. But This book is marketed as a cozy mystery, and while those books have their fair share of humor, this one tops them all. You know the saying "If it wasn't for Bad Luck, I'd have no Luck at all?" Well that sums up Austin Carr. His income has tanked, he has lost most of his material possessions because of it. He lives in a rusty camper and can't see his kids - which is what he wants more than anything. When the story starts out you think this is just a deadbeat dad, sort of homeless, alcoholic. But, in spite of all that he has a heart that makes you love him - you just can't help it! This is a very quick moving book, with lots of twists as a mystery should have - but it will definitely keep you laughing! I found it very entertaining, quick to read, and though it is a mystery - it also has a light hearted feel to it. It is a fun book to the beginning of a new series. Can't wait to see what other troubles Austin will get in to!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Stevens

    I have to say I have not come across a protagonist quite like Austin Carr before. He's the star of Big Numbers and the term "star" is fitting because it's really all about him. I'm not sure exactly what the mystery was in this book -- again, this is really the Austin Carr show. There are murders, to be sure; and all the assembly pieces of a good noir story. There's the she-devil redhead that both beguiles and betrays. There's the motley cast of interesting and crooked characters. And then there' I have to say I have not come across a protagonist quite like Austin Carr before. He's the star of Big Numbers and the term "star" is fitting because it's really all about him. I'm not sure exactly what the mystery was in this book -- again, this is really the Austin Carr show. There are murders, to be sure; and all the assembly pieces of a good noir story. There's the she-devil redhead that both beguiles and betrays. There's the motley cast of interesting and crooked characters. And then there's Austin himself. He admits he's a cad, and like a all good noir protagonists, his weaknesses lead him right into the dark tunnel of trouble. Unlike noir books however, this main character gets cut a break. He credits his own "Austin Carr full-boat" grin. I credit the book with on-the-spot dialogue and a crisp character voice that allows us to see past Austin's greedy, lusty side into a father who values his children and a man that will admit he's scared. I liked it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I received this book free in exchange for a review from the author through Goodreads. Austin Carr has hit the bottom of the crap pile. He's divorced, making less than half his pay, lost his apartment, lost his fancy car, can't see his kids because he's not paying child support and lives in a rusted out truck camper. Now, his biggest client's wife is hitting on him and he's thinking with the wrong head. Every step he takes someone else is crapping on him. This story is a hilarious caper of just a f I received this book free in exchange for a review from the author through Goodreads. Austin Carr has hit the bottom of the crap pile. He's divorced, making less than half his pay, lost his apartment, lost his fancy car, can't see his kids because he's not paying child support and lives in a rusted out truck camper. Now, his biggest client's wife is hitting on him and he's thinking with the wrong head. Every step he takes someone else is crapping on him. This story is a hilarious caper of just a few days in the life of this guy. Every corner he turns, there is someone else out to get him, the ex has called the cops on him because he's at a kid's game or he's in the emergency room. This kind of reminded me of a Carl Hiassen novel with the antics and the poor protagonist who just can't get a break. I would definitely recommend this book!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angelique

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Ever read one of those books where you find yourself thinking - Really? - This was one of them. Poor Austin Carr has a tough time of it. He takes a HUGE pay cut, loses visitation rights with his kids, gets into ANOTHER bad deal and things just look like they cannot get any worse. Until they do. It was such a blast. One of those comic reliefs with meat. It was hilarious but it still had a story to it. The characters were all so colourful and l I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Ever read one of those books where you find yourself thinking - Really? - This was one of them. Poor Austin Carr has a tough time of it. He takes a HUGE pay cut, loses visitation rights with his kids, gets into ANOTHER bad deal and things just look like they cannot get any worse. Until they do. It was such a blast. One of those comic reliefs with meat. It was hilarious but it still had a story to it. The characters were all so colourful and loud. The story was fun filled, tragedy filled and just plain filled with laughs. I was in love with how real Austin was. A little egotistical, a good dad, a failed husband and a really confident, positive kind of outlook. He believes he can do anything with a little luck and a great smile. It was a very quick read, but a very good one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Corinna

    This isn't the kind of story that I usually read. I thought it was very well written, clever and funny. There were a couple of simple spelling errors that I noticed but other than that everything was good. The ending was not what I expected at all, and I love that it happened the way it did. I liked how this novel didn't portray the typical romances that go on in novels, and it was a different view of how men can really be, and women as well. It showed that nothing really ever is how it usually This isn't the kind of story that I usually read. I thought it was very well written, clever and funny. There were a couple of simple spelling errors that I noticed but other than that everything was good. The ending was not what I expected at all, and I love that it happened the way it did. I liked how this novel didn't portray the typical romances that go on in novels, and it was a different view of how men can really be, and women as well. It showed that nothing really ever is how it usually seems. I would read this again, and will be keeping an eye out for the next one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Conny

    I was a First Read Winner of this book and I really liked it. A down on his luck stockbroker does not really seem like somebody you want to be rooting for, but somehow Austin Carr manages just that. The book starts out with a bang and kept me guessing until the end who the possible killer might be. I liked the characters and I had to shake my head at our hero more than once. I had a hard time putting the book down because I just had to find out what could possibly go wrong now, it was a fun and I was a First Read Winner of this book and I really liked it. A down on his luck stockbroker does not really seem like somebody you want to be rooting for, but somehow Austin Carr manages just that. The book starts out with a bang and kept me guessing until the end who the possible killer might be. I liked the characters and I had to shake my head at our hero more than once. I had a hard time putting the book down because I just had to find out what could possibly go wrong now, it was a fun and crazy ride.

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