- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Murder, Mayhem & Malice Press; 1st edition (June 20, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601455437
- ISBN-13: 978-1601455437
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,716,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher
Can an erudite but low-rent detective rise above his humdrum circumstances to solve a series of grisly murders?
Chauncey McFadden, a portly and wisecracking Los Angeles PI whose practice has been limited to routine investigative work, has little in the way of background to prepare him for the world of danger and intrigue into which he is drawn. He is hired by Rubella Saperstein, an elderly housekeeper, to find the killer of her niece, "Boom Boom", an exotic dancer who has been electrocuted with a modified vaginal vibrator in a bath tub of water. Although her request is a stark departure from his usual fare, he accepts the case despite his limited homicide experience.
His client list expands when he is later hired by Judge Barrington, a wealthy retired power-broker, to find the killer of his daughter, Justine, who was also murdered with a vibrator. The effect of Justine's death is unknown upon Barrington's wife, Bernice, who has been institutionally confined for psychiatric reasons. Additionally, Justine's husband, Kevin Rutledge, a scientist working on a top-secret government computer project, has vanished without explanation. Is he also a victim of the serial killer, or is he, in fact, the serial killer?
Chauncey must wade through a zany cast of memorable characters to obtain information on the murders, but is vexed at every turn. He must first contend with Luther Del Dotto, police lieutenant and personal nemesis, who puts Chauncey down at every opportunity because of his weight and low career status. Chauncey then suffers the indignity of being abducted by powerful parties interested in his findings. The first is by Armand Duvalier, a suave but brutal crime boss, who wants to find Rutledge to recover $530,000 in gambling debts which he is owed. The second abduction is at the command of Apollo, a federal intelligence agency head, who is also seeking Rutledge for national security reasons.
Despite Chauncey's earnest efforts, the body count continues to climb as his investigation widens. His suspects manage to get themselves murdered, and he is always a step behind the serial killer which causes his self-esteem to further plummet. It is not until he survives a brutal attack on his own life that he is able to bring a complex case to conclusion and achieve personal and professional redemption.
Bad Vibrations is the winner of multiple literary awards: the Rockway Press Best Novel Prize in its International Writing Competition, and a Florida Writers Association Lighthouse Book Award in the mystery-suspence category.
From the Author
If you buy Bad Vibrations and don't find it to be thoroughly enjoyable, you are welcomed--during your lifetime only--to seek a refund of the purchase price from the great-great-grandchild of the executor of my literary estate. (However, it is almost certain that there will be no money in my literary estate to honor any such request and, as a precautionary measure, no such refund authority is actually being granted to aforesaid party.)
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The main character of Bad Vibrations is Chauncey McFadden-a short, balding PI with no money in his pockets until an amazing stroke of luck lands him in the middle of one of the most bizarre murder cases in the history of southern California. Within the same week, two unrelated and entirely different individuals hire McFadden to solve the murders of female family members. While searching for clues, Chauncey discovers that the victims have more in common than their means of demise, and a frighteningly funny tale begins to unfold.
McFadden is required to visit seedy motels, brave his way into conversations with the owner of the Glad Gland strip joint, and stand up to Lieutenant Del Dotto of the L.A. police department in his search for clues. With his reputation, and sometimes his life, on the line, McFadden struggles to find the connections between the murders he was hired to solve and the deaths that are continuing to occur.
Not a book for the easily embarrassed reader, Bad Vibrations is filled with adult humor and quirky scenarios. Anderson vividly describes his colorful assortment of characters and gives each their own distinct personality. I especially enjoyed the forgetful butler, Montrose, who never seems to remember what was just said in a conversation yet has an uncanny ability to describe past events from his murdered mistress's young years.
Author Dan Anderson has combined his love of comedy and mystery into an original work of art in Bad Vibrations. He currently resides in Orlando, Florida.
Armchair Interviews says: This book could be in all these genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense, Drama, Comedy, and Adult Humor.