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.
"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
""Hilarious, full of mischief and mayhem, Cobra Clutch is thoroughly entertaining!"
- Sheena Kamal, best-selling author of The Lost Ones
"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."
"...high-pitched violent action sequences, daring escapes, and a thrilling climax."
- Stephen Knight, Quill & Quire
The official book launch for Cobra Clutch is taking place on Sunday, April 15th from 1 pm – 5 pm at Moody Ales Brewery in Port Moody. There will be complimentary appetizers, a food truck, and of course beer and books for sale! A.J. will be doing signings as well.
Moody Ales will also be brewing up a special cask of “Hammerhead IPA,” inspired by “Hammerhead” Jed Ounstead, the ex-pro wrestler beer loving protagonist of Cobra Clutch, as part of the event!
Held at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch A.J. will be taking part in the Crime Writers of Canada panel before the 2017 Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlist Announcements are revealed and the 35th anniversary celebration.