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Five Moves Of Doom


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978-177439-055-9 | 2022 September | 272 Pages


Hired by local mixed martial arts trainer Elijah Lennox to find a missing UFC Championship belt, pro-wrestler PI “Hammerhead” Jed must extract answers from the tight-knit MMA community. Still consuming his weight in banana milkshakes, Jed ventures into a world of jewel thieves, bodybuilders, eccentric yoga enthusiasts, and adorable baby goats. As he infiltrates an exclusive and unique no-holds-barred fight club, Jed might just find himself down for the count …

Five Moves of Doom is a high-altitude and high-attitude entry in A.J. Devlin’s award-winning mystery series, one that finds its hero pushed to his absolute limit, relying on his closest allies to survive, and making choices he never thought he’d have to make.

“The third instalment of the always great Hammerhead Jed series, this one was darker and carried some serious gravitas and got my pulse racing in a way few books can. Full of powerful scenes, this book stayed with me for some time after I read it.”
— J.T. Siemens, The Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of 2022

“A.J. Devlin does it again with Five Moves of Doom! It’s fast and furious and fun, full of action, unexpected twists and turns, with a shocking ending that proves once again that Devlin is not only on his game, but in a league of his own. The best yet in the ‘Hammerhead’ Jed series.”
— Dave Butler, Crime Writers of Canada Award-Winning author of Full CurlNo Place for Wolverines, and In Rhino We Trust

“I ripped through Devlin's latest. At times I felt I was in an MMA fight with dialogue as dry as a three olive Martini and descriptive prose peppering me with blows and throws. It may be a cliché, but this book's a knockout.”
— M.N. Grenside, Film / TV / Music producer and author of Fall Out

“A.J. Devlin nails it with his explosive, hard-hitting fight scenes. A well-written and entertaining look into the most interesting sport in the world — Mixed Martial Arts — through the eyes of tough guy PI, 'Hammerhead' Jed!”
— Gerry Gionco, legendary Canadian fight promoter

“This time around, ‘Hammerhead’ Jed isn’t the toughest guy on the block, and the adrenaline-pounding excitement when his investigation leads him to square off against a particularly ruthless and brutal MMA fighter brings to mind Rocky vs. Drago. Bigger, badder, and darker, Devlin’s third installment reveals a deeper and more vulnerable side of our favourite wrestler-detective, adding gravitas to a case involving a world where second place often means death.”
— J.T. Siemens, critically-acclaimed author of To Those Who Killed Me

Five Moves of Doom is a fast-paced, rollicking rip through the vibrant and seedy neighbourhoods of Vancouver and surrounding area. With Devlin’s usual cast of colourful, eclectic characters along with his equally colourful regular cast — including ‘Hammerhead’ Jed, cousin Declan, and VPD Detective Rya Shepard — this adventure took me back to many familiar haunts in Vancouver’s skid row and some of the outlying regions around the city and the Lower Mainland. MMA, murder, mayhem and money make this a can’t miss!”
— Joel Johnston, Retired 28-year VPD Sergeant, Shotokan Karate and MMA Practitioner, Use of Force Subject Matter Expert, Writer and Technical Advisor

“It's a case of same place, different terrain as Vancouver’s pro-wrestler PI grapples with new threats that force him to confront dark truths about his city and himself. In Five Moves of Doom, Devlin showcases a more vulnerable 'Hammerhead' Jed than we've seen before. While this installment features the signature comedy and charm of the first two books, it's the shadows, lurking in corners and pooling at feet, that give this latest mystery its true shape. A worthy cap to this trilogy.”
— Niall Howell, Kobo Emerging Writer Prize-Nominated author of Only Pretty Damned and There Are Wolves Here Too

Five Moves of Doom is violent, [but] also thoughtful as Jed searches for answers to his own life, with his father and Declan as strange guides to life...I love this series.”
— Lesa Holstine, Mystery Writers of America 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Raven Award Winner (full review)

Compelling, engrossing, thought provoking, yet still humorous, Five Moves of Doom is a brilliant look at what happens when you reach rock bottom. Grab a banana milkshake and be prepared for the ride of a lifetime.
— Kathleen J. Kaminski, Cozy Up With Kathy (full review)

Five Moves of Doom is pure crime fiction entertainment...the kind of novel we like to point to when we talk about independent publishing and how it feeds vibrant new material into the crime fiction scene.”
— Crime Fiction Lover Blog (full review)

“...will have you laughing out loud.”
— June Lorraine Roberts, Murder in Common (full review)

Wrestling fans and mystery lovers will definitely enjoy this one.”
— Debra Purdy Kong, author of the Casey Holland Mysteries

“Keeps the tension high and the pages turning. In the action scenes both the author and characters shine.”

“Dirty Harry in the movie Magnum Force uttered the words 'A man’s got to know his limitations,' and we get a glimpse of what that means in Devlin’s superb new book.”
— Patrick Whitehurst's Top Reads of 2022 (full review)