Book Review: Big Mojo by Jack Getze—and a Giveaway!

Big MojoBig Mojo
An Austin Carr Mystery #3
Jack Getze
Down & Out Books, September 2014
ISBN 978-1-937495-76-3
Trade Paperback

From the publisher—

Wall Street’s miasmal garbage washes up on the Jersey Shore when a small time broker falls in love: Is he attracted to the beautiful lady-or her brother’s inside information?

Held spellbound by a steamy, auburn-haired woman with a dubious past and a get-rich-quick, insider trading scheme, Austin Carr knocks down a beehive of bad-acting Bonacellis, including the ill-tempered “Mr. Vic” Bonacelli, who wants his redhead back, and local mob lieutenant Angelina “Mama Bones” Bonacelli, architect of a strange and excruciating death trap for the fast-talking stockbroker she calls smarty pants.

To survive, Austin must unravel threads of jealousy, revenge and new affections, discover the fate of a pseudo ruby called the Big Mojo and slam the lid on a pending United States of America vs. Austin Carr insider trading case. Can Austin and his Jersey Shore mouthpiece possibly out maneuver the savvy U.S. District Attorney from Manhattan? Will anything matter for Austin ever again if Mama Bones flips that switch?


My gaze shifts back to Patricia, successfully avoiding her large and
available cleavage. Not an easy trick, even with the red hair as an
alternate attraction. “Before I answer Vic’s question, let me make sure
I have this straight, Ms. Willis. Your brother, a big shot Manhattan
attorney, is working on a merger agreement between Fishman Corporation
and Gene-Pak Industries; that is, your brother is helping negotiate
and prepare — actually write the legal merger documents. Is that right?”

I like a little humor in mysteries and, of course, cozies are the most likely places to find it but Big Mojo isn’t one of those. In a way, it sort of harks back to the days of the “caper” that is still around but not quite as prevalent as in past years. It also has the “Lucy” touch, as in Lucille Ball, meaning things get all screwy and hilarity ensues. In other words, Big Mojo made me smile a lot and even occasionally laugh out loud.

Austin is the kind of guy who is easily tempted or, at the very least, distracted and this time the big enticements are a chance to do a little insider trading and a goodlooking redheaded woman. He sees the light pretty quickly about the trading but still lands in a heap of trouble over it and, unfortunately for him, redheads are his particular weakness. His partner, Vic, is looking for a way to get rid of Austin and Vic’s mother, Mama Bones, is tinkering with a bit of black magic. Oh, and bullets are flying.

And, at home, Austin has to cope with that most difficult of people, a teenage daughter.

This was my first encounter with Austin Carr and I will most certainly be on the lookout for his earlier adventures and those still to come.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, May 2015.


“Gordon Gekko meets Janet Evanovich in this wry and winning
caper—Jack Getze does it again!” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha,
Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Truth Be Told


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About the Author

Jack GetzeFormer newsman Jack Getze is Fiction Editor for Anthony nominated Spinetingler Magazine, one of the internet’s oldest websites for noir, crime, and horror short stories. His Austin Carr Mysteries Big Numbers, Big Money, Big Mojo and Big Mouth (a short story) were published by Down and Out Books in 2013 and 2014, with another novel Big Shoes scheduled for 2015. His short fiction has appeared in A Twist of Noir, Beat to a Pulp, The Big Adios and the 2014 anthology, Down, Out and Dead.

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