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
  • Andrew Shaffer

    "Part Road House, part No Holds Barred. All badass."

    Andrew Shaffer
    New York Times Bestselling Author of How To Survive A Sharknado and Hope Never Dies: An Obama / Biden Mystery
  • 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
    Bestselling author of The Lost Ones and It All Falls Down
  • "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
  • Susan Hoover

    "Cobra Clutch is a terrific novel, bringing the seamier side of Vancouver to life, while amusing us with witty dialogue, startling characters, and amazing plot twists."

    Susan Hoover
    ReviewingTheEvidence.com
  • Lesa's Book Critiques

    "...an outstanding debut.”

  • Stephen Knight

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

    Stephen Knight
    Quill & Quire
  • June Lorraine Roberts

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

    June Lorraine Roberts
    MurderInCommon.com
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EVENTS
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
2
Sat
2018
Book Signing @ Coles Books Penticton
Jun 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Book Signing @ Coles Books Penticton | Penticton | British Columbia | Canada

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.

Jun
30
Sat
2018
Book Signing @ Chapters Indigo Broadway & Granville
Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Book Signing @ Chapters Indigo Broadway & Granville | Vancouver | British Columbia | Canada

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