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You Were Never Really Here
You Were Never Really Here | Jonathan Ames
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A hero whose favorite weapon is a hammer clearly has issues. Lots of them. Novelist, essayist, and creator of the beloved HBO series "Bored to Death," Jonathan Ames is celebrated not only for his comic sensibilities and devotion to the absurd but for his lurid attraction to inner demons. In this shocking and suspenseful new novella, the author goes darker than noir, with an ass-kicking and psychologically tormented guardian angel who rescues others but refuses to save himself. A former Marine and exFBI agent, Joe has seen one too many crime scenes and known too much trauma, and not just in his professional life. Solitary and haunted, he prefers to be invisible. He doesn't allow himself friends or lovers and makes a living rescuing young girls from the deadly clutches of the sex trade. But when a high-ranking New York politician hires him to extricate his teenage daughter from a Manhattan brothel, Joe uncovers a web of corruption that even he may not be able to unravel. When the men on his trail take the only person left in the world who matters to him, he forsakes his pledge to do no harm. If anyone can kill his way to the truth, it's Joe. "You Were Never Really Here" is a tribute to Raymond Chandler and to Donald Westlake and his Parker series, and it testifies to Ames's versatility and capacity to entertain in any medium or genre. A character for the ages, Joe shows us, with every bent cop, junkie, and pimp he confronts, that it's hard to be an angel in a fallen world. PRAISE FOR YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE Like most people, I like my Jonathan Ames LONG, but it's amazing what he can do in 18,000 words, too. This piece would make Raymond Chandler happy. Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story "Ames' single is a good choice for lovers of Michael Connelly, Lee Child or Vince Flynn who are interested in character-driven thrillers." Courtney Crowder, Chicago Tribune " 'You Were Never Really Here' is a dark thriller full of attitude and heart. Ames is at his best here, creating a complex and sympathetic character and a detail-rich, believable story that is hard to forget." Liz Colville, San Francisco Chronicle
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Martyn_J_Pass
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This (and the movie) was both harrowing in its depiction of a man with depression but strangely uplifting at the same time. Kudos to the author and Joaquin Phoenix who played the role so freakin‘ awesomely.
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TieDyeDude
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I was unaware this was based on the Jonathan Ames novella that has been sitting in my Kindle for years
What a flick! Joaquin Phoenix fascinates and terrifies me. Wow...

Jess I‘ve been looking at this one for weeks. Thanks for the review. I think I‘ll try it this weekend. 1y
TieDyeDude @Jess Let me know what you think! 1y
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MidnightBookGirl
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Loved this one! I could read a whole series centered around Joe. I saw the movie earlier this year, and I was confused a lot, but the book makes perfect sense. The movie ending was more fleshed out, while the book ends more on a question mark. I want more!

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MidnightBookGirl
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Liked the movie and discovered it was a book, so about to start this one before the Library Police put a warrant out for me.

LibrarianRyan We rarely put warrants out for people. Just their $$. 😁😜 2y
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Jokila
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I loved this movie!! Hope the novel is just as haunting!

Soubhiville Oh my gosh creepy cover! 2y
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amma-keep-reading
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Vicious. Concise. Clean writing.
I understand why Joaquin Phoenix was cast to play the main character in the movie.

TomeGnome This was a super express read. A gripping, dark novelette. My cup of tea. Reminds me of Andrew Vachss. 2y
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A perfect mix of a fast-paced crime thriller with the literary subtleties that are too often missing from the genre.

https://www.pendoramagazine.com/book-reviews/2018/3/13/book-reivew-you-were-neve...