This second book in the award winning Telluride Murder Mystery series snares the Last Resort Detective Agency s band of misfits in a new crime spree that rides a razorwire between fiction and reality. Wit Thorpe and his pre-teen daughter Cody find a colorful assortment of victims dropping like stale jokes as our haunted private eye faces yet another classic who-dun-it caper exploding onto the privileged streets of Telluride. Dashiell Hammett s world full of molls and jakes, gunsels, frails, and rough coppers, comes alive and turns the tale of The Thin Man inside out. Our hapless hero struggles with his writing, his ethics, pilfered breasts, his wife the District Attorney, bad actors with real guns, Hollywood endings, and his troublesome inability to understand women. Buckle-up, it s going to be a bumpy ride...
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R. J. Rubadeau is an award winning author, columnist and poet. His early career as a professional blue water sailor has been chronicled by nearly a hundred articles published in over four decades in the world s sailing periodicals. Bound For Roque Island: Sailing Maine and the World, by the author, is an award winning memoir about boats and an incurable addiction to blue water. Logging over 150,000 sea miles during an amateur and professional career in the elite world of open ocean racing aboard the world s legendary yachts, the author has sailed with and against the icons of the sailing hall of fame. He has entertained generations of sailors with his writings about the crazy trouble people can get into when they cast off dock lines and go sailing. Rubadeau has honed his communication skills over the years in various shore-side occupations: university lecturer, grant writer, newspaper columnist, politician, speech-writer for an Alaskan governor (No, not that one!), public policy analyst, and twenty years as a professional political strategist. R. J. Rubadeau has joined the ranks of bestselling novelists with his Telluride Murder Mystery series. Gatsby s Last Resort has been singled out for awards ranging from quality of production to writing honors. This hand-carried piece of Telluride real estate introduces Wit Thorpe, his pre-teen daughter Cody, and the Last Resort Detective Agency. The Fat Man is the sequel and an ode to Dashiell Hammitt s words wallowing about in the dysfunctional side of Telluride s Hollywood elite. The Big Snooze, third in the series, is scheduled for a 2012 release. Rubadeau and his wife Mary, best friends and partners since their teens, live with their horses and a menagerie of animals at ten-thousand feet in the Rocky Mountains near the town of Telluride, Colorado. They base Dog Star, their family s historic eighty year old ketch, and primary summer preoccupation, on Mt. Desert Island, Maine.Review:
Rubadeau is a satirist who draws on clearly recognizable tropes to invent a resort full of spoiled heiresses, thwarted dreamers, gilded excess, and greed...an original take on what Telluride might indeed be at its core: home to a bunch of wily eccentrics, idealistic yet corrupted by a staggering level of avarice and lust, careening from disaster to disaster. --Seth Cagin, The Watch
I love Wit Thorpe; a private eye and peeping-tom working the high Rocky Mountain streets of my Telluride. Wit and his daughter Cody are a detecting duo created in literary heaven. This book is laugh out loud funny and as tightly crafted as the great classics of the murder mystery genre. --Susan Saint James
Rubadeau writes dialogue that sounds snappy, clever, and perfect. The banter between Wit Thorp and his ten year old daughter Cody jumps off the page. The impeccable timing brings back the fireworks of the black and white mystery movies of the 30 s and 40 s. R. J. Rubadeau has taken the very best of the classic detective noir caper, rolled it forward to the present day and set it in the world-class mountain resort community of Telluride, Colorado --The Moniker Review
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Book Description Beacon Hill Publishers, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0981731384
Book Description Beacon Hill Publishers, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. paperback edition. 273 pages. 8.90x5.90x0.90 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0981731384