Sure, his IQ is off the charts, but that doesnt help much when youre growing up in the 1980s in a dreary New Jersey town where your bad reputation precedes you, the public school systems written you off as a lost cause, and even your own family seems out to get you.
But its not all bad. Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett have taught Huge everything he needs to know about being a hard-boiled detective... and hes just been hired to solve his first case.
What he doesnt realize is that his search for the truth will change everything for him.
Fuerst’s small-time detective and his whodunit mystery delivered me straight to readers' heaven... Huge's narrative voice swings seamlessly from snappy wiseguy cant to philosophical musings, pre-teen naïveté and savvy smarts without losing the essence of the boy's character... An unlikely combo of pulp PI-wit plus 19th Century transcendentalism contributes to Eugene's uber-unique charm. (Reviewed by Donna Chavez).
Fuerst's debut is a hugely entertaining novel... Juxtaposing Huge's preteen angst with his passion for detective work, Fuerst has created a winning protagonist (who needs to have his mouth washed out with soap).
Fuerst demonstrates...skill at conveying a child's-eye view of the world that is full of nostalgia, humor, candor and emotions that all readers can relate to.
Credible and engaging, [with] a hero who assumes the most eye-catching characteristics of Holden Caulfield, Phillip Marlowe and Nick Twisp.
Starred Review. Huge will occupy a, yes, huge place in readers' affections and memories.
Ron McLarty, author of The Memory of Running
A rocket ship of adolescence. I loved little Huge.
Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child
An evocative black comedy…Huge effortlessly lures you into his hardboiled imagination and completely dysfunctional life.
JF: I hope no one is terribly disappointed by this, but Eugene "Huge" Smalls isn't based on anyone in particular nor is he a composite of characteristics drawn from real people (at least no real people I know or have known). He is, however, pretty explicitly cut from the cloth of fictional hard-boiled detectives such as Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade, among others, and he's also a kid, a somewhat precocious, almost-thirteen-year-old kid who has problems, a foul mouth, has experienced his share of difficulties and is trying to figure out not only who vandalized the sign at his grandmother's retirement home, but also where he stands in the small town pecking order of things before he begins junior high in two weeks. So, I've always thought of Huge's character as mostly an attempt to...
YA author Ned Vizzini dies aged 32(Dec 20 2013) Ned Vizzini, the author of YA favorites It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Be More Chill, died Thursday in New York City. According to the Los Angeles Times,...