Title: While Drowning in the Desert: A Neal Carey ...
Publisher: St Martins Press, New York
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fair
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Boldly SIGNED By Author on Title Page
Edition: First Edition- First Printing
In a clear protective Brodart Cover. Neal Carey does his bos a favor by picking up an old man in Las Vegas, but the old man fails to tell him he's a witnes to crime, now a pair of con artits are out to tell them. Light Bumping to one corner and tail of spine. Bookseller Inventory # 1000431
Synopsis: Neal Carey is just a few months shy of his long-delayed master's degree, as well as his marriage to longtime love Karen Hawley, when the phone rings. It can only be "Dad, " a.k.a. Joe Graham, Neal's erstwhile father figure and boss, with an errand: Neal just has to pop down to Las Vegas, pick up a confused old man, and take him home to Palm Springs.But nothing in Neal's life can be simple. The old man turns out to be Natty Silver, a forgotten star of burlesque, nightclubs, and beach movies, a Hollywood relic who can find eight-six ways to annoy Neal in a virtually nonstop recitation of ancient jokes.The only thing Natty "fails" to tell Neal is that he has witnessed a crime, and now a ruthless pair of con artists are trying to kill him.Add to this mix a faded lounge singer ("the Great Hope White"), a slightly berserk insurance attorney, and the fact that Karen wants to get pregnant--now--and it's small wonder that Neal feels as if he's drowning in the desert.
Review: 'Splendid...there is something irresistible about the good-natured efforts of this city-slicker...Neal has a healthy sense of humor, making him frisky company." --"The New York Times Book Review "on "Way Down on the High Lonely"
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