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Title : Jay J. Armes: Investigator
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ISBN : 9780380017560
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 280 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Jay J. Armes: Investigator Reviews

  • Austin
    2019-04-01 11:43

    I bought this book as a joke on the promise of getting a few laughs about the capers of man who was described to me as Steven Seagal, but with hooks for hands. But something happened around chapter 8: I legitimately began to enjoy reading it.Jay J. Armes is, no doubt, a complicated man. His positive attitude and work ethic are, despite his disability, genuinely infectious. I had early suspicions that his ostentatious lifestyle was used to compensate for his missing hands. This could still be the case, but I'm willing to believe that he has found a life where he can find pleasure in his work and reap its benefits.About a third of the way into the book, his capers take a dark turn. While the book starts off with him fighting with hippies at a campsite, the book begins to explore some more serious crime, starting with a notably gristly home invasion and kidnapping. A central theme of the book is the misplaced trust of loved ones; many chapters end with the client looking into the face of the person they knew and trusted and asking why they did it. It's a humanizing experience that is unexpected but well written. I don't know if Armes or Nolan set out to expose the human condition of deceit, but it certainly comes out.The tone comes off as boastful and self-aggrandizing in many parts; for its time, this might have hurt the book, however it only adds a layer of kitsch for a modern day reader. There are some parts that I wondered if Armes decided to stretch his artistic license for the purpose of telling a better story. Even so, the end product is enjoyable and surprisingly fun.