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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Uglytown Productions; 1 edition (Jan. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972441204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972441209
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 13.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,613,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This was the first time I read Nathan Walpow, but won't be the last.
"One Last Hit" is the third Joe Portugal book and revolves around Joe's exploits as he gets his old band, The Platypuses, back together and his search for their elusive lead guitarist. The problem is that somebody's trying to kill members of the band not long after they reunite.
Joe is a very likable character and the dialogue is fast and funny. Walpow also gets in plenty of musical references through his character, mentioning "unsung" (no pun intended) bands and albums that may just have the unfamiliar looking them up. A nice touch is that chapters are titled with Who/Pete Townshend song names. Fans of a good mystery and '70s rock will enjoy this fun book.
A quick note on the publisher, UglyTown: they are the reason I bought "One Last Hit" in the first place. They publish beautifully designed paperbacks and whether they choose the authors or the authors choose them, it's a good fit. I have everything they've ever put out (including a series for teens) and enjoyed them all.
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Okay, I admit it, the only reason I bought this book was because I read an online review which mentioned that this book was filled with references to The Who and in fact, every chapter was titled after a Who song! Well, I love to read and I love The Who even more so I decided to buy this book. I stayed up very late for three nights in a row until I finished "One Last Hit", it was hard to put down! I loved the sly references throughout and especially adored all the Who references; the woman drummer with a photo of Keith Moon on her desk, the autographed photo of Pete Townshend from eBay - - and the last bit of the book, where Joe Portugal hears that John Entwistle died, really DID make me cry. Thank you Nathan for writing this book and thank you for dedicating it to John Entwistle - you BOTH rock! I'm waiting for the sequel . . .
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By A Customer on May 21 2003
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What a great book! Especially if you are a baby boomer. Terrific plot and great characters - make sure you have a big enough block of time to get through this - I read it on a cross-country flight and the time just zoomed by.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4aca7c8) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa48f9360) out of 5 stars So well written I almost cried! May 26 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Okay, I admit it, the only reason I bought this book was because I read an online review which mentioned that this book was filled with references to The Who and in fact, every chapter was titled after a Who song! Well, I love to read and I love The Who even more so I decided to buy this book. I stayed up very late for three nights in a row until I finished "One Last Hit", it was hard to put down! I loved the sly references throughout and especially adored all the Who references; the woman drummer with a photo of Keith Moon on her desk, the autographed photo of Pete Townshend from eBay - - and the last bit of the book, where Joe Portugal hears that John Entwistle died, really DID make me cry. Thank you Nathan for writing this book and thank you for dedicating it to John Entwistle - you BOTH rock! I'm waiting for the sequel . . .
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa48f97c8) out of 5 stars Very Good Read April 21 2003
By JFP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was the first time I read Nathan Walpow, but won't be the last.
"One Last Hit" is the third Joe Portugal book and revolves around Joe's exploits as he gets his old band, The Platypuses, back together and his search for their elusive lead guitarist. The problem is that somebody's trying to kill members of the band not long after they reunite.
Joe is a very likable character and the dialogue is fast and funny. Walpow also gets in plenty of musical references through his character, mentioning "unsung" (no pun intended) bands and albums that may just have the unfamiliar looking them up. A nice touch is that chapters are titled with Who/Pete Townshend song names. Fans of a good mystery and '70s rock will enjoy this fun book.
A quick note on the publisher, UglyTown: they are the reason I bought "One Last Hit" in the first place. They publish beautifully designed paperbacks and whether they choose the authors or the authors choose them, it's a good fit. I have everything they've ever put out (including a series for teens) and enjoyed them all.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa48f97ec) out of 5 stars clone this guy! May 21 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What a great book! Especially if you are a baby boomer. Terrific plot and great characters - make sure you have a big enough block of time to get through this - I read it on a cross-country flight and the time just zoomed by.
HASH(0xa48f972c) out of 5 stars Nostalgic Journey Oct. 29 2015
By Joan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
When I saw Nathan Walpow’s latest Joe Portugal mystery, One Last Hit, I wasn’t sure whether the “hit” would be a murder, a puff on a funny cigarette or a song that tops the charts, but knowing Nathan’s easy writing style, liberally laced with humor, I knew I would enjoy tagging along with him on a new mystery.
It turns out that the hit refers to all three, murder, marijuana, and music as Joe Portugal takes a nostalgic journey into his past. As members of his old band begin to mysteriously reappear in his life, he pulls his guitar out of the closet and begins to wonder if it might be possible to put it all together again and search for one last hit. However, his current thoughts and past memories soon plonk out of tune because someone is shooting at all the members of the band.
Joe is forced to put down the guitar and put on the amateur detective hat to protect himself and his friends. Not only does he find the shooter, but he also solves the long standing mystery of what happened to one missing band member. In his trip down memory lane, Joe also realizes that looking backward can sometimes give more painful clarity than joy.
The greatest fun for me as a reader is when a novel can offer me a trip to a time, place, or state of mind I can not, or would not take for myself. Whether you bypassed the rock world, as I did or simply left it in your past, as Joe did, One Last Hit is a fun trip.
HASH(0xa48f99c0) out of 5 stars I really enjoy this author's books Jan. 8 2016
By M. McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoy this author's books. Great writing. Read it! You won't regret it. I got my copy elsewhere but now that I see Amazon carries them this is where I will be buying them!


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