Stephen A. Bly Paperback Writer

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Paperback Writer

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Paul James Watson is the writer of mediocre paperback novels. His humdrum life is flat, routine, and generally unimpressive, and his Christian life follows suit. Watson becomes absorbed in the novels he writes and his character, Toby McKenna, a highly successful detective who always solves the crime, heroically putting his life on the line for justice, who is the antithesis of Watson. But there is another Paul James Watson. He is the Watson of his imagination, who is living a life in his mind of new and exciting situations, conversations, and relationships.

These three characters and their respective plot lines all become entertainingly and delightfully entwined until the reader is never sure which stories are real and which are from Watson’s imagination.

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In this fresh contribution to the CBA market, Bly, the prolific, Christy Award-winning author of series westerns, pens an amusing parody of the proverbial dime-store paperback novel. Paul James Watson is a hack novelist who has just wrapped up the Diamond Dandy Disaster, the 55th book in his Distracted Detective series. Exhausted by his demanding publishing schedule and bored with a life "lived on cruise control," Watson longs to be like his fictional protagonist, the buff detective Toby McKinna, through whom he has lived vicariously in his novels. Watson discovers he's no longer able to separate reality from fiction when Toby appears to him as a real person, and their hilarious dialogues about Toby's fictional exploits provide the best moments in the book. Indeed, the reader is never sure if what is presented on the pages is reality or Watson's imaginary plotting of how the next "scene" of his life will unfold. When Watson gets tangled up in a cabal involving a serial killer, the question dogs him: is it real? Or is it fiction? Like the pulp fiction it parodies, the story is plagued by contrived coincidences, too many descriptive adjectives and interminable passages of dialogue. There is a cheesy reference to one of Bly's own westerns, and the ending is anticlimactic. But forget the writing problems (which may well be intentional genre parody)-this book is a funny, enjoyable romp for CBA fiction readers.
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". . . a zany look into the novelist's mind and a whole lotta fun."
-- Angela Elwell Hunt

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