A very interesting and enjoyable story. I like the character of Jack Palms and it was nice to get back into reading the character. I honestly didn't think i would like a story with a plot that surrounded a pair of special Michael Jordan shoes, but i ended up really enjoying it. The Maltese Jordans kept me interested throughout the story. I wouldn't mind seeing more Jack Palms stories after this one.
Jack Palms is back. The washed-up ex movie star is now a private eye on the trail of the rarest pair of sneakers in history. A pair that might not even exist.
I've read and enjoyed the other books in the Jack Palms series. But this one has a hook like no other. Even if you don't like basketball, you can't help but get caught up in the story behind the mythical pair of Air Jordans. In the end, you'll sound like Mars Blackmon in the Nike commercials: "Money, it's gotta be the shoes."
There is always some trepidation when your favorite author releases another book with your favorite character. I have been a fan of Jack Palms for over ten years and this new story really, really delivers! In a world BEFORE Trump was elected, and before stories of his utter disregard of everyone who isn't him; The Maltese Jordans not only gets us back into the action with our favorite actor turned accidental detective; but it puts Jack back in our hearts, and shows a side of The Donald that no one saw coming. Seth Harwood has blessed the literary world with yet another heart pounding thriller. Reflections of the 1980's, memories of watching those intense games with Jordan on the floor.... against ANYONE, and a touch of sexy times sprinkled into a mad dash back and forth across the U.S. with danger, action, and suspense, all presented in a slightly humorous tale that leaves you thinking Seth must know something we don't! The story is so compelling and intriguing that you cant help but wonder how much of it is TRUE!
Jack Palms is back, hunting down the rarest pair of kicks in all of sneakerdom - the Maltese Jordans. While doing so, the reader is treated to a lot of references to basketball on the 1990s as well as the lowdown on the world of sneaker collectors.
Neither of these subjects is usually of interest to me but Harwood fills in all of these details with certain joie de vivre that could only come from someone who loves both of these things. His playful writing fills in the blanks and lifts the story so that even a novice like me could easily (and gladly) follow along.
This novel was exactly what I wanted it to be - an easy, fun, and exciting read on a cold Spring day. The characters are fresh, the plot moves along briskly and assuredly, and the MacGuffin has to be seen to be believed.
Having read the previous Jack Palms novels, I'm glad to say that the Jack we find here is a bit older, a little wiser, and even smarter about a few things in life. While he certainly knows how to take care of himself, Jack doesn't need to fight someone unless there's simply no other choice. He's less Reacher; more Rockford. For my money, that's a smart play every time.
So sit back, relax, pour yourself a glass your favorite beverage and spend an afternoon with Jack Palms and friends as they hunt for the legendary Maltese Jordans. You won't be disappointed.
Jack Palms was just the right character for me: believable and compelling. As the story’s hero he nevertheless is quite human. I enjoyed learning a little bit about sneaker culture and found the book to be a page turner from start to finish. Humorous with ample poignant observations about human nature and relationships.
I listened to the first books of Seth Harwood's series as podcasts back when he was developing his Jack Palms character. As the newest in the series, "The Maltese Jordans" does not disappoint. I read it on vacation and it was a total time absorber. Any backstory needed for this book is explained as needed so a reader could choose this Jack Palms adventure without having read the other books. It's stand-alone-ish :-) Enjoy!
Jack Palms has gone from disgraced movie star to bounty hunter in the Maltese Jordans. His adventure leads him from the Bay Area to Kauai and then to New York in search of an escaped embezzler. Just as in the other books in the series, Jack meets up with some memorable characters along the way.
I didn’t know anything about the subculture of sneaker collecting before I read this book. It was fun to get a taste of the world of sneakerheads as I followed Jack’s search for the Maltese Jordans, a rare sneaker from a mythical game between Michael Jordan and the King of Malta. From the opening line, “It wasn’t long before the bail bondsmen called,” to the final chapter (you’ll never guess where Jack ends up), I was engaged in the story and couldn’t put it down. After reading the book, I really want to go to a sneakerhead convention.
This was one of those books that I was sad to finish. I loved the world created on the pages and wanted to stay there longer. Jack Palms is a fun character. I like hanging out with him. Hopefully, there will be a new Jack Palms book soon.
I've been following Seth for a while now. I know very little about basketball and even less about the culture around sneakers. In the Maltese Jordans, Seth makes both accessible. The characters are well drawn, the plot is solid and it kept my attention.