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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (July 18, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399140174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399140174
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,693,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Retirees Dottie and Joe Loudermilk, who cruise the land in a trailer home, hit Washington, D.C., to visit their son Eddie in this humorous second entry in the series after Going Nowhere Fast. Dottie, an ex-professor, and Joe, an ex-cop, are salt-of-the-earth, politically conservative black Americans utterly baffled by Eddie's lefty politics. When, after picking a fight with Eddie, his former roommate turns up dead, Joe and Dottie have a case to crack. They believe their son when he says he didn't kill the man, even though witnesses place him at the scene. The only clue seems to be the man's vague boasting that he had just "optioned some book" that would electrify D.C. and make him famous. Grumbling all the way, Joe uses his police smarts to scout up leads, but it's the courageous and sometimes foolish Dottie who presses issues and makes dead ends open up. Haywood (who also writes the Aaron Gunner detective series) gets the narrating Dottie's voice just right; she meets her grown children with a delightfully entertaining blend of frustration and devotion.
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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

This is an easy reading book.
Mimi's Caretaker
One dimensional characters in a story with little dramatic tension.
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A very interesting story and well written.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Blackworm on October 6, 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
The Loudermilks are back in the winnebago named Lucille, on their way to visit their son Eddie, who is living in Washington D.C. Eddie is an activist who doesn't mind ruffling feathers of those who he feel need to be exposed. His work and his big mouth take a turn for the worst when a member of his faction is found dead and he is arrested for the murder. It's up to Joe and Dottie to investigate and bring the real killer to light. The only problem is the suspect himself, because Eddie is not known for being cooperative. He's just as quirky as his brother and sisters, and just as big a headache for his parents. A quick and fun read for mystery lovers and those whose children are the source behind the rise of asprin and bourbin in this country.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Enyeart on November 13, 2001
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You know when you're playing a video game and you have to pause it to go do something, and you cannot even wait to return to the game well that's how this book is. It's hard to stop reading it and when you do you can hardly wait to be swept back into the book. I am not one to read books often, but I haven't appreciated a book more or read one as fast.
This book in narrated by a retired woman by the name of Dottie. Dottie has several children who are all trouble makers and cause lots of stress. Dottie has a great sense of humor along with a big heart with lots of love for all her kids even though they are hellions. She is married to an equally aged man named Joe. Joe is still young at heart but his body doesn't keep up anymore. They are both energetic and they travel the country in an Airstream camper. Joe's camper is his pride and joy and he even named her Lucille, and he feels that it is a crime to do harm to one or call it a Winnebago or along those lines. Together they have agreed to avoid all of their children (except one, their daughter Maureen) for as long as possible.
This story takes place in Washington D.C. where the couple were visiting because it was one of their life goals. But when they arrived their son Eddie some how found out about their arrival and invited them over to his place for dinner and to meet all of his friends. They were rudely interrupted by an old friend of theirs who they did not care for very much, Eddie and him exchanged some harsh words and then he left. A day later Joe and Dottie were notified that their son was being held in jail and being charged for the death of his old friend.
This book is a mystery book, and it definitely has you on your toes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1999
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Delightfully humurous and entertaining while also being a good mystery. Follows after Going Nowhere FAst an equally good book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Thompson on July 14, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gar Anthony Haywood needs to continue this wonderful series. I know of no other couple like these two. It should also be turned into a TV series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theresa de Valence on October 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I've never read this series before (starts with GOING NOWHERE FAST © 1994). They're as wonderful today as if they were written today (minus instant cell phone communication).

The protagonists are a blissfully married African-American couple who have run away from their adult children. For anybody who'd like a good chuckle (possibly parents of adult children particularly), these are a fast, entertaining, suspenseful, well-written read. Having read the first in the series, I ordered BAD NEWS TRAVELS FAST from my library. Turns out I couldn't wait, so I bought the ebook (Gar has recently made the titles available as ebooks).

Rumour has it Gar is working on the next book in the series. I can't wait for this either!

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This is book two of this series. The first book I could relate to much better than this one having been full time RVers. This children of this couple are still causing problems for them as they continue to travel the country in Lucille. One of the sons is accused of killing his friend. The couple set out to prove that he is not guilty and almost ending up in jail themselves. Dottie is like a mother of a wild animal and does everything she can to protect her son even if it gets her in trouble. Will the Loudermilk's ever get to travel and enjoy their retirement without one of their children presenting them with a problem.
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By Jean Bice on July 11, 2014
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A very well written, essentially without violence or sex. Very refreshing page turner. I will look for more of this authors work.
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I liked the writing style a lot. the characters were believable and the dialog was funny. it was pretty clean for the most part, tho there were just a couple of f bombs in It that I could have done with out. I didn't know who had done it throughout the book until nearly the end so the author did a good job of building the mystery. I would recommend this book for sure.
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