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Potshot

A Jack McMorrow Mystery
Narrated by: Michael A. Smith
Series: Jack McMorrow Mysteries, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Predicting the days of marijuana legalization, this, the fourth McMorrow story, delves deep into backwoods growing and drug dealing and the damage it can do when big, urban traffickers enter the picture. 

Jack alternates between the back-to-landers living communally on the outskirts of Florence, Maine, and confrontations with urban gangsters moving in on the product - and the people who Jack’s come to know. 

Library Journal says, "Along with snappy dialog that propels the story, Boyle presents an ensemble of likable characters. A sure thing for anyone who has enjoyed Robert Parker’s Spenser." 

Cronies at a county fair, an assassination attempt, and hostages are only a few of the challenges McMorrow has to face in this fast-paced addition to the McMorrow legacy.

©1997 Gerry Boyle (P)2018 Anaba Publishing

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Maine Grit

Gerry Boyle's gritty mysteries are sure to keep any listener glued to their speakers or headphones. They lead to those "driveway moments" when you just can't shut it off! Though Gerry's prose and Michael Smith's narration the characters come alive and present a Maine landscape and mindset that are on par with the work of Stephen King and Carolyn Chute in whose company he surely belongs. No fluff here!!

John Snyder, Thomaston, Maine

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Pot Shot Has it All: Characters, Suspense, Wit

Pot Shot has it all: Suspenseful plot, characters who draw you in, snappy dialogue, and a situation that explores a contemporary concern: the legalization of marijuana.
That’s the question that freelance journalist Jack Mcmorrow thinks he’ll explore for a piece in the Boston Globe when he meets the farmer/hippie sorts who are proponents of legalization, along with their band of supporters seeking medical cannabis. Soon, though, there are two missing persons and a trail that seems to lead to a darker-- and dangerous--criminal element. McMorrow can’t let go—and neither can we. With a secondary plot focused on his girlfriend— social-worker Roxanne’s struggle to protect children from a drug-addled neglectful mother—McMorrow balances his need to protect and support Roxanne with his own need to find answers and serve journalistic integrity. At his side throughout is his deeply honorable friend and neighbor, Clair, a Viet Nam veteran who shares McMorrows quick-witted verbal agility and is guided by the ethos of the Marines: Sempre Fi.
If you liked Robert A. Parker’s Spenser mysteries, you’ll love Gerry Boyle’s McMorrow novels. Literate, witty, with laugh-out-loud moments of dialogue, as well as nailbiting tension mixed with a deep knowledge and affection for Maine: its birds and natural beauty, its people and way of life, Gerry Boyle's novels are a treasure.
Also noteworthy: Boyle’s work is infused with an uplifting quality. His characters are driven to do good, to be true to their values and take care of those they love. Respect for others and compassion are at the core of Boyle’s observations on his fellow residents of this rural landscape that he clearly knows and loves.

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I love Jack.

Freelance reporter Jack Mcmorrow stumbles onto a legalize marijuana movement at a local fair. The group seems harmless enough so he decides to write an article on them for the globe. As he starts to unravel all the different points of view regarding the legalize marijuana movement he stumbles onto a darker plot underneath it all. The story has lots of twists and turns and although I initially thought it was going to start out slow it quickly picked up and had many unexpected spins. I love Jack’s dry sarcasm and I think he’s a really great character. The narrator does a wonderful job and manages to bring across Jack’s sarcasm and just the right way. I’m looking forward to the next Jack Mcmorrow story. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Drugs and Murder

This was the third book I have read about Jack Mcmorrow and it did not disappoint. Jack and his girlfriend Roxanne are at an agricultural fair when Jack is approached by a fast and smooth talking hippie, Bobbie, to sign a petition to legalize marijuana. Jack has an idea this could develop into a saleable story to the Boston Globe and Bobbie convinces him to come out to their remote backwoods home to discuss it further. The story develops this plot and segues into illegal drug distribution and murder when Bobbie's wife phones Jack to say that Bobbie and his seedy companion Coyote have disappeared on a trip back to the city where they were originally from. At the same time as Jack is pursuing his story, Roxanne is also involved as a social worker who has received threats from an angry drug addicted and irresponsible mother whose children Roxanne has taken away. Michael Smith does an excellent job of storytelling.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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All hail Jack!!

Where ever you fall on the legalized marijuana scale, this book is a great listen. Jack McMorrow has another story to write and another mystery to solve (and that never gets old!) and the cast of characters in this listen have an agenda. There is humor and surprises aplenty. And Jack, well, he finds himself in the thick of things.

There are some surprises in this listen with a few no-that-didn't-happen moments. Jack is awesome!

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  • DB
  • 11-01-18

Interesting book but some of the lines are a bit cliché.

This is probably not the best book I have ever listened to but not bad. The book did have a decent twist in the end.

I did find it a bit far-fetched that the main character would go to this much trouble for $300 though.

I received this audiobook in exchange for my review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-29-18

No questions, no answers, no nuthin'.

A meeting at an agricultural show gives Jack McMorrow, freelance journalist, an idea for an article he could probably sell to the Boston Globe. An amiable, fast talking hippie type had approached him hoping that Jack would sign his petition to legalise cannabis in the county. Jack visits the man, Bobby, at his remote home, meeting other like minded people and being served home grown veggies and herbal tea. But when the man's wife phones him to say Bobby and his strange companion, Coyote, have gone missing, his simple story of the pros and cons of legalisation, starts to escalate into something so much more.

Written in the first person, the perspective is that of Jack's entirely, as he writes down his notes on the places and people he meets, trying to formulate his story for the paper, one which he has to constantly revise as the situation changes. It is a clever way to repeat, but still keep fresh, his ideas as the story moves forward. Conversations feel authentic, too, and the main characters are well drawn, giving them a life of their own. Additionally, there is a sub plot as social worker and lover, Roxanne, is involved in a case of two neglected children she is trying to take into care. The case for and against the right to grow a little cannabis legally is given as the story unfolds.

The book evolves with a gentle swiftness, action occuring along the way, until a very impressive and nerve tingling denouement, really cleverly scripted. Then, suddenly, it is over. A conclusion of Jack's article, as he finally submitted it, would have provided a more comprehensive ending, but it was not to be. Instead, the reader is left to assume what finally happens.

An engaging and enjoyable book made all the more pleasurable by the excellent narration of Michael A.Smith. He skilfully assumes the character of Jack McMorrow, another slick talker but sincere and, mostly, honest, who enjoys a teasing repartee with Roxanne. Mr.Smith's ability to give excellent and appropriate voicing to all of the other characters, both female as well as male, is also outstanding and this, combined with just occasional technical effects easily makes this at least a five star performance.

My thanks to the rights holder of Pot Shot, who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy of the book, via Audiobook Boom. It was a very enjoyable listen and completely stand alone. Recommended for an intriguing yet undemanding read whilst still posing some thought provoking ideas.