SYNOPSIS

Cobra Clutch is a fast-paced, hard-hitting debut novel by A.J. Devlin that features an unstoppable combo: a signature move of raucous humour with a super finisher of gritty realism.

“Hammerhead” Jed Ounstead thought he’d traded the pro-wrestling world for the slightly less dangerous one of a bar bouncer and errand boy for his father’s detective agency, but the squared circle wasn’t quite done with him yet. When his former tag-team partner draws upon their old friendship for help in finding his kidnapped pet snake, Jed finds himself dragged back into the fold of sleazy promoters, gimmicky performers, and violence inside and outside the ring. As the venom of Vancouver’s criminal underworld begins to seep into Jed’s life, a steel chair to the back of the head is the least of his problems.

ABOUT A.J. DEVLIN

A.J. Devlin grew up in Greater Vancouver before moving to Southern California for six years...


A.J. Devlin grew up in Greater Vancouver before moving to Southern California for six years where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from Chapman University and a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from The American Film Institute. After working as a screenwriter in Hollywood he moved back home to Port Moody, BC, where he now lives with his wife and two children. Cobra Clutch is his first novel.


REVIEWS
  • Sam Wiebe

    "A fast-paced, funny, energetic debut that brings to mind Carl Hiassen and Robert Crais. In Cobra Clutch, Devlin ingeniously merges the worlds of pro wrestling and private eyes into a breakneck adventure that will leave readers breathless. Intense and cinematic.”

    Sam Wiebe
    Award-winning author of Last of the Independents, Invisible Dead, and Cut You Down
  • John M. Murray

    "Cobra Clutch masterfully blends humor, mystery, thrills, action, romance, and heart into a hell of a story featuring a lively wrestler-turned-PI hero. The action scenes are intense, the quiet times heartwarming and engaging, and the humor expertly interjected to accentuate characters and breathe realism into the story."

    John M. Murray
    Foreword Reviews
  • Sheena Kamal

    "Hilarious, full of mischief and mayhem, Cobra Clutch is thoroughly entertaining!"

    Sheena Kamal
    Best-selling author of The Lost Ones
  • "Set in Vancouver, BC, this intriguing debut offers a fast-paced, graphically violent mystery that pairs well with Glen Erik Hamilton's Past Crimes. Fans of pro wrestling will appreciate 'Hammerhead Jed.'”

    Library Journal Reviews
  • Lesa's Book Critiques

    "...an outstanding debut.”

  • Stephen Knight

    "...high-pitched violent action sequences, daring escapes, and a thrilling climax."

    Stephen Knight
    Quill & Quire
  • MurderInCommon.com

    "...some good fun by A.J. Devlin.”

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EVENTS
May
2
Wed
2018
Noir At The Bar Spring 2018 @ Shebeen Whisky House
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Noir At The Bar Spring 2018 @ Shebeen Whisky House | Vancouver | British Columbia | Canada

Join A.J.and eight crime writers reading from their work at “Noir At The Bar” in Vancouver at the Shebeen Whisky House (which is inside The Irish Heather Gastropub in Gastown). The event takes place on Wednesday, May the 2nd at 7 pm.

May
8
Tue
2018
Official Book Launch for Cobra Clutch Edmonton @ Audrey’s Books
May 8 @ 7:00 pm
Official Book Launch for Cobra Clutch Edmonton @ Audrey’s Books | Edmonton | Alberta | Canada

Join A.J. as he launches his debut mystery novel, Cobra Clutch, alongside Wayne Arthurson, author of the award-winning Leo Desroches series at Audrey’s Books.

May
10
Thu
2018
Official Book Launch for Cobra Clutch Calgary @ Shelf Life Books
May 10 @ 7:00 pm
Official Book Launch for Cobra Clutch Calgary @ Shelf Life Books | Calgary | Alberta | Canada

Join A.J. as he launches his debut mystery novel, Cobra Clutch, alongside Garry Ryan, author of the award-winning Detective Lane Series at Shelf Life Books.

May
12
Sat
2018
VPL Write On Vancouver @ Vancouver Public Library Central Branch
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
VPL Write On Vancouver @ Vancouver Public Library Central Branch | Vancouver | British Columbia | Canada

A.J. will be at the Crime Writers of Canada table at the Vancouver Public Library’s Write On Vancouver festival on May 12th.

May
26
Sat
2018
Book Signing @ Black Bond Books at Central City Shopping Centre in Surrey
May 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Book Signing @ Black Bond Books at Central City Shopping Centre in Surrey

A.J. will be signing copies of Cobra Clutch in store.

Jun
8
Fri
2018
Book Signing @ Chapters Metrotown
Jun 8 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Book Signing @ Chapters Metrotown | Burnaby | British Columbia | Canada

A.J. will be signing copies of Cobra Clutch in store.

Jun
9
Sat
2018
Book Signing @ Chapters Coquitlam
Jun 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Book Signing @ Chapters Coquitlam | Coquitlam | British Columbia | Canada

A.J. will be signing copies of Cobra Clutch in store.

Jun
23
Sat
2018
Book Signing @ Black Bond Books Maple Ridge
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Book Signing @ Black Bond Books Maple Ridge | Maple Ridge | British Columbia | Canada

A.J. will be signing copies of Cobra Clutch in store.