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Going Nowhere Fast Hardcover – August 3, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (August 3, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399139176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399139178
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,305,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The Shamus Award-winning author of the Aaron Gunner series (including You Can Die Trying ) takes an unfortunate detour with this tale of a retired couple on a cross-country trip in their new Airstream trailer home. Near the Grand Canyon, Dottie and Joe Loudermilk are visited by Bad Dog, their youngest, least loved and most troublesome child, and find a dead man in their toilet. The dead man has an assumed name, Bad Dog is being pursued by a very large, very angry pro football player and soon cops and government agents are beating a path to the Loudermilks' Airstream. Meant to be funny, the earnestly madcap narrative is mostly repetitive--former policeman Joe mutters, "Jeeze Looweez," every second page, while narrator Dottie routinely--and patronizingly--placates him. The plot is carried by coincidence and the semi-moronic Bad Dog's sporadic moments of criminality, which are nowhere near inspired enough to keep this series launch up to speed. Mystery Guild selection; Literary Guild alternate.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

During a visit to the Grand Canyon, retired policeman Big Joe Loudermilk and his bumptious wife Dottie return to their newly acquired Airstream trailer from a morning run only to find an unknown corpse in the bathroom. Park rangers, police, mobsters, and the FBI variously harass the Loudermilks and their thickheaded youngest son until Dottie, dragging husband and son behind her, sets out on a quest for the truth. Deft, descriptive touches and humorous family interaction provide credibility in this departure from Haywood's Aaron Gunner detective series. Featherweight, delightful adventure.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

GAR ANTHONY HAYWOOD is the Shamus and Anthony award-winning author of twelve crime novels and numerous short stories. He has written six mysteries featuring African-American private investigator Aaron Gunner; two starring Joe and Dottie Loudermilk, retiree crime-solvers and Airstream-owning parents to five grown Children From Hell; and four standalone thrillers.

Haywood's first of six mysteries featuring African-American private investigator Aaron Gunner, FEAR OF THE DARK, won the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus award for Best First Novel of 1989, and his first Gunner short story, "And Pray Nobody Sees You", won both the PWA's Shamus and World Mystery Convention's Anthony awards for Best Short Story of 1995. His short story, THE FIRST RULE IS, was featured in the 2010 edition of Best American Mystery Short Stories, and THE LAMB WAS SURE TO GO, his most recently published Gunner short story, garnered him his third Shamus award in 2011.

Haywood has written for both The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and for such television shows as NEW YORK UNDERCOVER and THE DISTRICT. His two most recent novels are the urban crime drama CEMETERY ROAD, which Publisher's Weekly called "a beautifully crafted novel of unintended consequences" in a starred review, and ASSUME NOTHING, which was published by Severn House in December, 2011.

Customer Reviews

I'd definitely recommend it for a fun read!
S. Freeman
The plot is heavy, the writing too cutesy for my taste; but i finished the book.
Jessica English
This book had me glued to its pages from the beginning and kept getting better.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Denise Weeks on July 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Let me be the first to review this wonderful book, now being reissued for the Kindle after being practically impossible to find. I don't want to give away the plot, but if you've read the author's description of the book above, you've got the gist of it. Joe and Dottie Loudermilk, retired African-American couple with many grown children, become RV travelers to get away from the demands of their crazy kids. (LOL) If that doesn't grab you, I don't know what will. But it's all in vain, as trouble seems to follow them in the form of a couple of their children. You'll laugh and you'll enjoy this great light read. It's funny and sincere. No gore or icky stuff, and no pets are hurt. What's not to like? It meets MY criteria for a mystery.

Why, it's almost as great as MY books. (Kidding!! Don't remove my review!!)

Recommended. Now go download.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Turner on July 26, 2013
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We all dream of being free, able to do what we want, when we want to with nothing to distract you but your own decisions. That is what recently retired Joe and Dotty Laudermilk are hoping for in the re-release of Gar Anthony Harwood's funny and engaging mystery, Going Nowhere Fast. Heywood has brought to life the perfect yin and yang of a married couple with retired police officer Joe and his patient and understanding (up to a point) wife, Dotty. Their dream is to hop in their brand new camper and see the country while gladly leaving behind the chaos that is their five children. Understand that this is no ordinary camper but a true home on wheels called an Airstream. Without a doubt it is Joe's pride and joy. But their peaceful retirement meandering interrupted while visiting the Grand Canyon. Returning from an afternoon run they find that their Airstream has been not only their freeloading youngest son but also a dead man sitting on their toilet. Even though they get cleared of any crime by the local sheriff's department, Joe and Dotty soon find themselves trying to stay one step ahead of not only the FBI but an irate All-Pro defensive lineman and their not so bright youngest son, Bad Dog.

With Going Nowhere Fast Haywood has crafted a taut, funny novel filled with delightful twists and turns. If you ever wished you could just spend your time seeing the sights of the country you might want to read Going Nowhere Fast before you do and see what all can go wrong.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What do you do when you're kids are grown and won't leave home? Sell the house and buy an Airstream trailer. Afterall, they can't find a moving target, or CAN they? Joe and Dottie Loudermilk, a retired policeman and teacher, respectively, have taken early retirement and hit the road in "Lucille," their Airstream trailer. It's an ideal life until they reach the Grand Canyon and their son, "Theodore," aka "Bad Dog" shows up unexpectedly. He's not alone. Joe and Dottie also find a dead man sitting on the toilet! There's a mystery to be solved and Dottie's going to do it. (Joe's going to help; he just doesn't know it yet.) And the fun begins. After writing the hard-boiled Aaron Gunnar mysteries, it's good to see Gar Anthony Haywood have some fun. The book is funny, suspenseful and unpredictable. The only thing better than the novel is the audiocassette version with Fran Washington narrating.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elaine G on July 10, 2013
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You are going to love Joe and Dottie. This book has a great plot and wonderful characters. I can't wait to start the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blackworm on March 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
GOING NOWHERE FAST takes time to introduce Joe and Dottie Loudermilk in their souped-up winebago, traveling here and there, and ending up at a pit stop with two unwanted passengers...baby son(aptly nicknamed), Bad Dog, and a dead white man in there mobile bathroom. The Loudermilks related to each other as if we had known them all along, and the totally manic/off-center Dog will remind you of that one member of your family that acts as if needs Pat Sajak to buy a clue, when all along, he knows more than he's willing to admit. Characterization hits high notes, and the mystery, while simple enough to follow, will take you along until bad guys have been caught and you want to see them in print again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angie Boyter VINE VOICE on July 28, 2013
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I thought the concept of a mystery featuring a retired middle-class black couple traveling in their motor home around the US sounded like a nice set-up, and it started out intriguingly--nice first-person narrator, and the corpse shows up in a VERY interesting location right in the first scene. But it went downhill from there. The pace was slow, and there wasn't enough to keep up my interest in between (despite a very promising setting in the Grand Canyon country). The couples' son, Bad Dog, had too few redeeming qualities to be someone I wanted to read about---he was downright criminal (MILD SPOILER: stealing money from the body of a dead man??)! Am I supposed to find this funny? In addition, too many somewhat implausible things kept happening. I stuck it out through 70% of the book and then decided I could spend my time much more enjoyably on something else in my TBR stack. The author has won a number of awards, and I expected better. HOWEVER, I note this was written in the 90s. Perhaps he honed his skills later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 13, 2013
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Entertaining characters, interesting plot, occasional humor. Good beach read. I liked the pace and dialog. The husband wife interaction was cute. I had a hard time believing being nosy would motivate the excessive risk time taken by the Loudermilks. A marginal four star rating.
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