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Shooting Dr. Jack

(2001)
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It takes considerable skill to craft a gripping novel approaching 300 pages in which nothing much happens during the first 150. Fortunately for the readers of Norman Green's first book, Shooting Dr. Jack, Green's got the knack, in spades. His characters aren't drawn, they're acid-etched. His landscape, seamlessly rendered, is a gray, emotionless void:

Fall through the cracks of a better and kinder world, and you find yourself on Troutman Street. Dreams of a new world die in her sweatshops, cars and trucks die in her chop shops and junkyards, children die in her vacant lots, shooting one another for the right to sell crack on the two or three big intersections, junkies die wherever they happen to be when they shoot up--hallways, alleys, parking lots.


Tommy Rosselli, a.k.a. Fat Tommy, a.k.a. Tommy Bagadonuts, is a relatively brilliant entrepreneur who, while largely operating beyond the law, nonetheless owns a good and honest heart. Stoney, Tommy's brutal partner in a shady Brooklyn junkyard, is a smoldering alcoholic struggling to bring his body, soul, wife, and kids into some approximation of normalcy. And 18-year-old Eddie Tuco, an illiterate "Nuyorican" who works for Tommy and Stoney, faces temptation, redemption, and loss as a result.

Tommy and Stoney need to find out who left two dead teenagers in the junkyard, who killed their accountant, who ambushed Tommy in his apartment, who's been shadowing their employees, and why. Tuco does too, but he's got some demons to wrestle and scores to settle on his own. Rounding out this vision of desperation are the eponymous Dr. Jack--the name of both a drug and its dealer, which affect their users as Dr. Kevorkian affects his patients--and the junkyard's blighted Troutman Street landscape itself.

Not a mystery in the truest sense and not a thriller by most standards, Shooting Dr. Jack is both of those things and more. It's intelligent, it grabs like a vice in due course, and its dialogue and narrative resonate with urban grit and truth. --Michael Hudson

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Praise for this book

"Gritty, dark, and totally original." - Harlan Coben


Used availability for Norman Green's Shooting Dr. Jack

Hardback Editions

August 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Shooting Dr. Jack
Author(s): Norman Green
ISBN: 0-06-018822-7 / 978-0-06-018822-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Paperback Editions

September 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Shooting Dr. Jack: A Novel
Author(s): Norman Green
ISBN: 0-06-093413-1 / 978-0-06-093413-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Witness
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June 2006 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Shooting Dr. Jack
Author(s): Norman Green
ISBN: 0-06-088830-X / 978-0-06-088830-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Shooting Dr. Jack: A Novel
Author(s): Norman Green
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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