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When Pigs Fly [Kindle Edition]

Bob Sanchez
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Book Description

Retired cop Mack Durgin used to bust perpetrators in Massachusetts, but now he’s widowed and living in Arizona. When a FedEx driver drops off an urn filled with his friend’s ashes at his front door, Mack reluctantly knows he must fulfill George Ashe’s final wish: to have his remains spread over the Grand Canyon. But Mack has no clue what lies hidden within the urn besides his friend’s ashes. On his journey through the desert, Mack meets the entrancing Calliope Vrattos, a former waitress in a bar that holds Elvis impersonation contests. Diet Cola is an ex-con who loves greasy food, but more than anything else, he desperately wants what he hid in the urn. Cola hooks up with a pair of loony housebreakers, a bald Elvis impersonator, and a dopehead with an outline of his brain tattooed on his skull. With a bit of luck and a lot of junk food, they trace Mack to the little town of Pincushion, Arizona. George Ashe may not be alive, but his remains are having the adventure of a lifetime. As Mack encounters one crazed character after another in his quest to fulfill his friend’s last wish, he realizes that life is a gamble and that pigs really do fly.

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About the Author

Bob Sanchez retired in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after working in New England as a senior technical writer where he produced countless manuals and bulletins. When he's not exploring the desert with his wife, Sanchez writes short stories, book reviews, and magazine articles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 657 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0595407706
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bob Sanchez (December 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OQ0LDA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't usually like this kind of book January 1, 2007
Imagine my surprise when a book about a retired cop showed up under my tree -- me a devout "cozy" reader. At first I was skeptical --"Oh no, not another hard boiled cop story", but it was fun and funny. I laughed out loud at Ace and Frosty, and even sort of fell for Mac, that not-so-hard boiled retired cop. And when the Pig flew...! Hope a sequel is in the works -- this is one cop I want to see again.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Tale January 20, 2007
Bob Sanchez has created a very humorous tale of mis-adventure, sparkling with unique and believeable characters. I didn't want to come to the end of the book but I was finished all too soon. It is packed with plot twists,humor and a picture of the great Southwest which beckoned me to go for a visit. I recommend this book highly. George Bibler
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I do believe... January 29, 2007
...pigs can fly. And that's only the beginning! I believe that Diet Cola could kill a guy with one squeeze of the [...]-cheeks, that a fool named Zippy would think it an honor to tattoo his brain on his scalp (too bad that's the only place it appears within 20 feet of the guy's body), that an elderly couple named Carrick and Brodie could love each other more than even a hundred million dollars, and that Ace and Frosty are the dumbest crooks this side of Lowell, Massachusetts. I also believe I'd marry Mack Durgin if I wasn't already happily married and he wasn't in a (chaste) twosome with his dead wife and his maybe-someday girlfriend Calliope Vrattos.

Most of all, I believe that you will bust your ribs laughing and only ask for more. Sequel, please, and fast! (When Cows Jump Over the Moon, perhaps?)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do Pigs Fly - in sequins? December 1, 2011
By Allene
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When Pigs Fly, by Bob Sanchez, is the most unorthodox book I've ever read. I'm not referring to the religious connotations of unorthodox, but to the fact that the book is totally unconventional. It's hysterically funny and at the same time truly disgusting.

The 'Mystery' hinges on a lottery ticket and ceramic urn filled with a dead man's ashes. The villain, Diet Cola, is every person's worst nightmare. A horrible slob, without conscience. The characters that cross his path are a bizarre and outlandish group. Ace and Frosty, two Abbott and Costello, criminals do have a conscience although it doesn't always get in the way of their petty crimes. Elvis Hornacre believes he is the real 'King' (Elvis Presley) and dresses accordingly. He literally lets it all hang out. Calliope Vrattos is a former barmaid with a purse full of common but deadly weapons. Carrick and Brodie Durgin are a geriatric couple going blithely through life, aiding and abetting even wounded criminals, while their son, Mack Durgin, retired cop, seems to be one of the more sane people occupying the pages of the book. Mack does, however, talk to his dead friend's ashes and has an unfortunate one-night-stand with someone he visualizes as Mae West. Her boyfriend, called Zippy, because he has a zipper tattooed over his brain, takes exception and - well - it all comes together in one rollicking, fascinating wedding adventure atop the Grand Canyon where Diet Cola shows up in nothing but a hospital gown. I'll leave you now to either read the book or try to make sense of this review. Before I go, I must mention the most important character; Poindexter the pig. Do pigs really fly? Sometimes. But only when decked-out in sequins.

So, if you aren't offended by smelly arm-pits, rapid rise testosterone, and other bodily functions, then I think you'll enjoy this raunchy, highly entertaining offering by Bob Sanchez. I promise you won't read another quite like it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel, please? December 26, 2006
"When Pigs Fly" is a fast paced, action-oriented quest. Better still it's funny, laugh out loud funny. Chapters toggle between locations--Massachusetts and Arizona-- and characters, keeping the plot racing forward. There is truly never a dull moment. If Sanchez doesn't have a sequel planned based on Mack, retired Lowell, MA cop, he should. Let's hope we meet the pig again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud. December 21, 2006
Few writers can make me laugh out loud. Bob Sanchez is one of them. His characters are hilarious and the story even has a plot. I want to read more from this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazingly entertaining October 6, 2012
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I have never been so entertained by a book! All I could think about at the end was "I cant wait to read another of Sanchez's tales", and "this would make a great movie!" Thank you Mr. Sanchez for the wonderful escape.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rootin' for Poindexter July 23, 2008
Technical writer Bob Sanchez' first novel is a funny, entertaining summer read. The movie images of Raising Arizona, Into the Night, The Whole Nine Yards, and Pulp Fiction are somewhat unmistakable as the author takes the reader on a slam-bang ride through Arizona. Retired cop Mack Durgin and his new feminine acquaintance are being tracked with a GPS unit hidden in the lady's car by an Elvis impersonator who doesn't know when to quit. Neither do the band of colorful characters following Mack who hope to cash in on a lottery ticket originally purchased by Mack's elderly parents. Mack just wants to dump his friend's ashes over The Grand Canyon and develop a lasting relationship with his new lady friend.

As a somewhat established book critic, I can tell you that When Pigs Fly has easily earned four stars, but at least a little of the gushing praise for this book is a bit over the top. I got about forty pages into it before I even cracked a serious smile. There are a few laughs to be had by the antics of some of the sleazy criminals created by Mr. Sanchez, but the book is too short and the storyline could even be called a bit derivative of the movies mentioned. When Pigs Fly is a good, light, imaginative book, but it's no Cat's Cradle.

Although I have offered a bit of criticism of When Pigs Fly, there are, indeed, many things to like about the book. The ringleader of these is Poindexter, the pet javelina pig that wins a ribbon as his loving owner's science project and is subsequently dumped out in the desert to fend for himself. Poindexter's trials as a newly wild pig fly in and out of the storyline as the inept villains weave the main humor of the plot. Whether you find the book laugh-out-loud funny or just pleasantly humorous, you will be rootin' for Poindexter to the end!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars a silly story but sort of enjoyable
It moved a little slowly in parts. The short chapters were nice but did not really make you want to go on to the next.
Published 6 months ago by Ronald D Powers Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Loved this book.Quirky characters,dizzying turns & twists,,laugh out loud antics,great plot &more fun than the law allows.When Pigs Fly was my first Bob Sanchez book... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Linda Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars charming and funny..
Interesting, charming and funny...I loved it. Thanks
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Recommend It
It started kind of interesting, but quickly got worse. I gave it 2 stars for the clever idea, but I stopped reading due to the depressing cruelty of the "loveable" (???) bad guys. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tom O. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, literary, and completley engaging novel
Bob Sanchez's literary talents shine in this novel, a humorous fast-paced tale that is believably unbelievable, yet it all could all happen. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Holly J. Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
What a great sense of humor Bob Sanchez has. His books are always so entertaining.
Published 9 months ago by Maryann Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of Elmore Leonard's Best Stuff
Once I realized that "When Pigs Fly" was a wacky rollercoaster of a fun novel, I just threw my arms up and enjoyed the ride! Assuming Mr. Read more
Published 12 months ago by David Hall
2.0 out of 5 stars Review of "When Pigs Fly"
Thought it was interesting but not spellbound. The characters were a bit unbelievable. However the ending made it worth reading.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars it was diferent
A strange plot and in the beginning trying to figure out where the characters would fit into the plot but once it tied together it was a good read and hard to put down.
Published 13 months ago by Justme
5.0 out of 5 stars One wild and crazy ride!
Fantastic story, full of the craziest cast of characters. One has to wonder what lurks in the deep recesses of this author's mind. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Table4two
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More About the Author

Bob Sanchez aims for variety in his stories. When Pigs Fly is a crime novel containing adult humor, so please don't buy it for your innocent youngsters. Most readers find it funny, including one who wrote to say she read it aloud to console her recently widowed father. Yet the Friends of the Library in Alamogordo, New Mexico, denied the author a public reading because the story's villain used (gasp!) bad words. One can't please everybody, right? The story is set partly in Massachusetts, mostly in Arizona.

His Getting Lucky is much more a typical P.I. novel, with some sex and violence along with touches of humor. It's set in the mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts after the arrival of thousands of Cambodian refugees to the area. The author used to live nearby and has explored its network of canals and its fascinating ethnic neighborhoods.

The author's family's sponsorship of a Cambodian family in 1980 inspired his most serious novel, Little Mountain. It's a heavily researched detective novel set in Lowell with a cop hero's flashbacks to Cambodia.

Sanchez and his wife now live in sunny New Mexico and hold fond memories of Massachusetts, which figures in all of his novels so far.

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