Coming for Christmas!
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 orange 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
culture changer: the rascally, kind-hearted idea of "under the table citizenship"
will show up in this story (until the table is irrelevant), subtle as
the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Warm as Charlie Parker's horn.
A Utopian Detective Novel, in which no one is illegal. Or alienated.
Also, in time for Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and the Solstice,
two new volumes of, yes, I heard you say it . . .