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Rolling Thunder

A.J. Devlin 978-1-988732-86-2 | 272 Pages May, 2020 New Releases, Ebook, Humour, Mystery & Thriller

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About this book

Former pro wrestler "Hammerhead" Jed Ounstead, now a fully-fledged private investigator, is riding high after his first successful case. In this second episode, Jed leaves the wrestling realm to enter a new arena: women's flat-track roller derby. When old acquaintance Stormy Daze seeks his help finding her team's missing coach, Jed discovers that the turnbuckle-and-metal-chair mayhem of the wrestling ring pales in comparison to roller derby's four-wheeled ferocity.

As his search intensifies, Jed is drawn into the criminal orbit of a shady entrepreneur who doubles as a late-night TV personality, a high-class bookmaker with a yen for racing dachshunds, and a kinky painter with a special technique for producing art. When the thunder rolls, Jed finds he needs more than a few of his beloved banana milkshakes to solve this case.

Rolling Thunder continues A.J. Devlin's hard-hitting, award-winning mystery series with its unbeatable one-two punch of over-the-top-rope humour and elbow-to-the-face adventure.


“Professional wrestler-turned-PI ‘Hammerhead’ Jed is back, and not a moment too soon—trouble is brewing in the Greater Vancouver area on the roller derby circuit. Rolling Thunder is sheer fun. The dialogue is snappy, the action fast-paced. A.J. Devlin is the Canadian Carl Hiaasen. In fact, America will trade you Carl Hiaasen for him. I feel that strongly about this kid’s future.”

~ New York Times bestselling author and humorist Andrew Shaffer

“A.J. Devlin’s latest crime novel packs a punch with nonstop action! His witty, entertaining style hooked me quicker than a figure-4 leglock and pinned me to the pages.

“‘Hammerhead’ Jed’s colourful stable of heels and babyfaces create a suspenseful, romantic, comedic vice. Very entertaining! His rock-star persona makes him the ultimate chick magnet. His story takes me back to my four seasons at The Riviera hotel in Las Vegas with the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling and the words of my trainer, the legendary pro wrestler Mondo Guerrero, come to mind—‘No guts, no glory.’

Rolling Thunder is a must read for everyone who is a fan of sports, wrestling, suspense … or all three!”

~ Jeanne “Hollywood” Basone, the first G.L.O.W. girl hired by creator David McLane

"Rolling Thunder has everything! Action, humour, mystery, and most importantly pro wrestling. I’m totally invested. Can’t wait for the next one!"

~ Cat Power, pro wrestler and former ECCW Women’s Champion

“Award-winning author A.J. Devlin hip-checks the reader from one captivating clue to the next in this gripping crime novel. Rolling Thunder is a laugh-out-loud mystery with unique and hilarious characters, and a realistic peek at the hard-hitting, counter-culture sport of women’s roller derby.”

~ Jenna Hauck — aka Hydro-Jenna Bomb — Former Terminal City Rollergirls skater / Multimedia Journalist with the Chilliwack Progress

“A.J. Devlin scores again as he sends ‘Hammerhead’ Jed on another no-holds-barred romp through the dark underbelly of Metro Vancouver. Brilliantly done.”

~ Bob Harris, writer, promoter, and archivist of pro wrestling vintage memorabilia


"A clever braiding of suspense and comedy, wildly memorable characters, and main-event-worthy plot, Rolling Thunder has cemented Devlin's unique niche in the realm of crime fiction. This book was made to be devoured.”

~ Niall Howell, author of Only Pretty Damned

"Devlin’s comic caper has a goofy charm and action aplenty." full review

~ Kirkus Reviews

"The follow-up to the Arthur Ellis Award–winning Cobra Clutch is another action-packed violent mystery.... readers of the first book will enjoy the humor and outrageous antics." full review

~ Lesa Holstine, Library Journal

"Rolling Thunder, with its captivating and twisty plot and hilarious characters, is a great pick for fans of private eye novels and readers of novels by Sam Wiebe, Carl Hiassen, and Janet Evanovich." full review

~ Mystery Tribune

"Jed is growing as a person and as a character. His horizons are broadening, he takes his mistakes to heart and tries to learn from them, and he genuinely wants to help people. The general decency of the guy makes you root for him, both inside and outside of the ring." full review

~ Cozy Up With Kathy

"The “Hammerhead” Jed series is rolling right along. There is a wonderful flow to the book that drew me swiftly through the pages. I enjoy being with Jed on his adventures." full review

~ Bill Selnes, Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan blog

"Strap on your knee pads and buckle your helmet; it’s about to get physical." full review

~ Strong Sense of Place

"It’s the kind of book we need right now." full review

~ June Lorraine Roberts, Murder in Common

"Funny, smart, readable ... Devlin takes his cues from the likes of Carl Hiaasen and builds the suspense along with the craziness. Welcome back, Hammerhead Jed and company." full review

~ Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail

"Rolling Thunder is a wildly entertaining story, skillfully crafted by A.J. Devlin, with equal parts humour, suspense and action. Buckle up and prepare for a thoroughly enjoyable adventure, with unforgettable characters, extraordinary settings and pure, unadulterated fun."

~ D.B. Carew, author of The Weight of Blood and The Killer Trail

"Rolling Thunder is wonderful escapist crime fiction. It snakes along like a roller derby skater, and you never quite know who Jed is going to run into next – or whether he’ll slip through to the next stage of his adventure or end up bouncing on his backside." full review

~ Crime Fiction Lover

"Yeah, this one has everything I love about the genre. Action, laughs, attractive women, mystery. This one proves the first novel (Cobra Clutch) was not a one hit wonder. Can't wait for the third book." full review

~ Sons of Spade

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