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"Sharyn McCrumb is a born storyteller."
*Mary Higgins Clark
WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD!
"Sharyn McCrumb has few equals and no superiors among today's novelists."
*San Diego Union-Tribune
For one fateful weekend, the annual science fiction and fantasy convention, Rubicon, has all but taken over a usually ordinary hotel. Now the halls are alive with Trekkies, tech nerds, and fantasy gamers in their Viking finery *all of them eager to hail their hero, bestselling fantasy author Appin Dungannon: a diminutive despot whose towering ego more than compensates for his 5' 1" height . . . and whose gleeful disdain for his fawning fans is legendary.
Hurling insults and furniture with equal abandon, the terrible, tiny author proceeds to alienate ersatz aliens and make-believe warriors at warp speed. But somewhere between the costume contest and the exhibition Dungeons & Dragons game, Dungannon gets done in. While die-hard fans of Dungannon's seemingly endless sword-and-sorcery series wonder how they'll go on and hucksters wonder how much they can get for the dead man's autograph, a hapless cop wonders, Who would want to kill Appin Dungannon? But the real question, as the harried convention organizers know, is Who wouldn't ?
"I loved BIMBOS OF THE DEATH SUN . . . Beautifully observed, funny, nicely constructed, even compassionate."
An obnoxious writer is murdered at a convention of science-fiction fans. The detective work begins more than halfway through; the off-kilter world of fandom drives most of the satiric narrative. Those who know this world will appreciate the roman à clef; others will find the milieu amusingly alien. We would be more amused if the narrator had a lighter, more wicked touch. Otherwise, she does a workmanlike job that's easy to listen to. Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine