“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.
Cobra Clutch is a fast-paced, hard-hitting debut novel by A.J. Devlin that has an unstoppable combo: a signature move of raucous humour with a super finisher of gritty realism.
Praise for Cobra Clutch
"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
"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
"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, Reviewing the Evidence
"Cobra Clutch uses humor and gritty realism and includes a former tag-team partner, a kidnapped snake, sleazy promoters, and violence inside and outside the ring."
~ BC BookWorld
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A.J. Devlin’s Cobra Clutch is the ex-wrestler-as-detective story we didn’t know we needed. After leaving the ring, “Hammerhead” Jed Ounstead is working as a bouncer in Vancouver when an old wrestling buddy tags him for help locating his kidnapped snake. And things only get more outrageous from there. Fast-paced and raucous, Devlin’s tale delivers a lethally fun combination of action, mystery, and laughs.
In my youth was a fan of detective mysteries but moved on to science fiction and fantasy, always look for Canadian Authors and a big follower of wrestling since my youth. So when I saw this on my iPad I thought okay will give it a shot and wow what a pleasure. Can’t wait for more.
Took a leap of faith when none of my favourite authors had new releases. Wow. Now I have another favourite author and can hardly wait for his next title! Get to work please A. J.!