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Tough Not Stupid by Jack Getze
Like my first Austin Carr adventure, the second -- BIG MONEY -- is also based on a varied collection of true stories. In the first, Austin got yanked off a fishing boat by a giant bluefin tuna, lived in a camper, and almost married the new widow of his rich-but-dead client. In this second adventure, his investment firm is audited for co-mingling, an old lady cheats at a church bingo game, and -- most luridly -- the local branch of a New York crime family tries to muscle Austin for a share of his business.
All of those things really happened to people I know. True stories. In fact, I knew the Jersey contractor and his they-took-me-for-a-ride tale quite well before he died. I married his daughter.
Scoffing already? Ok, this is one of those times where the truth is stranger than fiction, so odd it's unacceptable for detailing in a novel and plain hard to believe. Frankly, I wonder if you can. I had a lot of trouble when I lived through the events.
On the day I met him in 1979, there was a story about my father-in-law on the front page of the local Jersey newspaper. He had refused to testify in court against two men the FBI said had taken him for a automobile ride, extorted him for money. The driver had been wearing a wire for the FBI, so there was a tape recording of what happened in the limo ride. Basically, my father in law told the gangsters he wouldn't pay, even when they threatened to kill him and then his family.
In fact, my father in law swore more than the mobsters and sounded tougher. Listening to the tape recordings, one juror asked, "Which one is the bad guy again?"
Having known the ex-boxer and veteran of World War II for twenty years before he died, I had no trouble believing he'd shown those men no fear. If they'd tried to beat him up -- which they didn't by the way -- I think my wife's dad might have delivered serious bruises of his own.
Of course when it came time to identify those gangsters in court, send them and maybe their boss to prison, my father in law said he couldn't be sure it was the same two men. He was tough, not stupid.
Big Money (Austin Carr Mystery)
Publisher: Down & Out Books (January 12, 2014)
E-Book File Size: 884 KB
Paperback: 218 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1937495671About the book:In this jaunty follow-up to Big Numbers, a scruffy stockbroker returns to tangle with mobsters, women and his own big mouth. The good news, as the story opens, is that the hero is in the company of a gorgeous naked lady. The bad news is that she’s pointing a shotgun at him. It’s a typical predicament for Austin Carr, a semi-shady New Jersey financial professional temporarily in charge of Shore Securities…He’s being extorted into opening a money-laundering account for local crime boss Bluefish; an auditor who was investigating his company has turned up murdered; a fetching state police captain figures he’s the key to her organized-crime probe; and his boss’s mother has been picked up for fixing her church bingo game.Carr is continually getting into trouble over his weakness for breasts, his penchant for self-incriminating statements and his vestigial moral sensibility, which, like an appendix, makes itself felt at inconvenient times. — Kirkus Indie
About The Author
Former Los Angeles Times reporter Jack Getze is Fiction Editor for Anthony nominated Spinetingler Magazine, one of the internet’s oldest websites for noir, crime, and horror short stories. Through the Los Angeles Times/Washington Post News Syndicate, his news and feature stories were published in over five-hundred newspapers and periodicals worldwide. His two screwball mysteries, BIG NUMBERS and BIG MONEY, are being reissued by DOWN & OUT BOOKS, with the new BIG MOJO to follow. His short stories have appeared in A Twist of Noir and Beat to a Pulp. Getze is an Active Member of Mystery Writers of America’s New York Chapter.