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Loyola College/Apprentice House
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.49 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author

J. P. (Paul) Rieger is a real estate attorney and amateur musician who grew up in Baltimore and now resides in Towson. Clonk! is Paul's second work of fiction following his 2013 publication of The Case Files of Roderick Misely, Consultant. He greatly enjoys music, books and humor. He is old, but has retained most of his teeth and hair.


"Clonk! is a powerful detective story that leaps off the page. Rieger's prose is exciting and daring. Clonk! is a joy to read from beginning to end."

- Mike Fiorito is an author and freelance journalist. His book Falling from Trees won the 2022 Independent Press Distinguished Book Award

"Deftly zigzagging among decades (1990s to 2020) non-chronologically, J. P. Rieger's Clonk! seamlessly interweaves the adventures and misadventures of a group of former Baltimore high school buddies - a diverse band-of-brothers outcasts - as they collide and intersect in adulthood with their most adjusted member, city-beat-cop-turned-detective Kev Dixit, who copes with an artful murder, deadly real estate fraud, and an ingenious arson for-insurance scheme. A wily witches' brew: witty, wise, and well-told throughout."

- Michael Yockel, writer/editor and former Baltimore City Paper editor

"Clonk! is that rare thing: a funny novel that finds the perfect sweet spot between hard-boiled cynicism and hilarity. This delightful detective story seeks not only to decipher a crime, but also the enduring bonds of truly ridiculous friendships."

- K.E. Flann, author of How to Survive a Human Attack: A Guide for Werewolves, Mummies, Cyborgs, Ghosts, Nuclear Mutants, and Other Movie Monsters, a NYT/Wirecutter pick for "Gifts We Want to Give"

"Familiar in a way that's sometimes affectionate and sometimes irritating, flawed, strangely reliable, clumsy, ordinary yet unique, unredeemable. These characters are all but abstract. Meeting them might feel confusing at first but it eventually turns into an understanding, an unexpected act of mutual recognition. It is very much like a high school reunion, happening many years later, marked by secrets, failures and an inscrutable sense of sympathy. Clonk! brims with twists, time jumps and enigmatic appearances. It's because of that sense of closeness - and the fun that slips between the cracks - that we keep going back to its tangled storylines to make sense of an existing that, most of the time, is resolute in making no sense at all. As these characters seem to find out, that might very well be the best part of it."

- Camilla Aisa, writer for Record Collector and Shindig! Magazines, U.K

"Gosh, I never realized Catholics could be funny, too. They are. This book is."

- Bob Alper, Rabbi and Stand-Up Comic (Really) and author of Thanks. I Needed That

"In Clonk!, J.P. Rieger juggles multiple timelines to expose the shared experiences, the challenges, the wins and losses, and above all the humor that binds a group of friends together as they move through life."

- Mike Stax, Editor, Ugly Things magazine

"Clonk! is a whimsical, nostalgic read spanning Baltimore's recent past, while keeping company with plenty of amusing scoundrels. Diner meets Tin Men."

- Dan Fesperman, author of Winter Work