The writing is nearly finis on RED JUMBO.
Red is a left-wing unemployed bored alcoholic
who has made two big decisions today.
And since the turn of the century.
His first decision is to become a private eye,
starting tomorrow, and his first case involves the death
of the maid at the estate of Mrs. Hamptons (and her husband,
Mr. Hamptons). Mrs. Hamptons is an ultra right-wing,
Southern California liquor magnate and anti-immigration lobbyist
with an electric fence around her house.
Mrs. Hamptons is so afraid of getting coffee in her cream,
she's even got electric dresses!
Red's other decision today is to stop drinking.
For him, this case will be either a conflict of interest
or attention span.
The novel RED JUMBO is meant for good clean fun
on a brisk red and yellow autumn afternoon, maybe by the silver-blue moonlight
of a summer night (other seasons, too), accompanied by a refreshing
glass of your favorite pain-killer, but it will also introduce a real
world changer: the rascally, kind-hearted concept of "under the table citizenship"
will show up in this story (until the table is irrelevant), subtle as
the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Wild and warm as Charlie Parker's horn.
Occasionally calm, like moonlight on a pillow case.
RED JUMBO. A Utopian Non-Detective Novel, in which no one is illegal.
Or, a detective.