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Is Fat Bob Dead Yet?: A Novel Hardcover – September 1, 2015
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"This crafty, witty, hilarious novel by award-winning writer Stephen Dobyns…views life as whimsical and capricious, or as one character describes it, “tradiculous,” a mixture of tragedy and the ridiculous." —Providence Journal
"A uproariously entertaining comic thriller that evokes Elmore Leonard and Donald E. Westlake but adds several layers of absurdity and a narrative voice that suggests metafiction meets a Greek chorus meets Jane Austen… Yes, it’s absurd; yes, it’soutrageous; but here’s the thing: somehow, amid all the craziness, there’s a beating heart, too.” —Booklist (starred review)
"The latest offering from veteran novelist and poet Dobyns (The Burn Palace) delights with quirky characters, absurd situations, language play, and keen insights. Recommended for those who enjoy dark humor and complicated plots in their mysteries." —Library Journal
"Gold Dagger Award-finalist Dobyns' genius for dark comedy makes this intricate crime novel a triumph that will appeal to Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiassen fans." —Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
"Stephen Dobyns is what the baseball scouts call a five-tool player: he writes with ease and insight, he can make you laugh in one paragraph and rock you back on your heels in the next, and he tells stories that you can’t put down. All those talents are in full flower in IS FAT BOB DEAD YET? I loved it, and so will you."
“Another darkly comic whodunit from veteran novelist Dobyns…a lively, laugh-out-loud winner.” –Kirkus
About the Author
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399171452
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399171451
- Product Dimensions : 6.31 x 1.13 x 9.31 inches
- Publisher : Blue Rider Press; First Edition (September 1, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,094,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is set in New London, Connecticut, and opens with a tragic incident. A would-be con man named Connor Raposo picks up a pair of shoes and walks out of the cobbler's shop to see a garbage truck suddenly back out into the street, right in front of a Harley-Davidson "Fat Bob" belonging to guy named Fat Bob. The bike slams into the truck and body parts, presumably belonging to Fat Bob, go flying everywhere. It's not a pretty sight.
It's a terrible accident--or is it? Two bickering detectives named Manny Streeter and Benny Vickstrom are assigned to investigate and things rapidly become very confusing. Connor Raposo, the main witness is working for a gang of grifters called Bounty, Inc. They've appeared in town running a scam collecting donations for various charities like Prom Queens Anonymous, Free Beagles from Nicotine Addiction, and Orphans from Outer Space. Since there's obviously more than one sucker born every minute, it's a pretty good racket, but the last thing Connor needs to to get entangled with the cops.
Connor also runs into trouble with mob enforcers, angry wives, a sexy woman for hire, and his own brother. It's not an easy life. It does make for a very entertaining novel, however, one that should certainly appeal to readers who enjoyed the more comic novels of Donald Westlake, for example. All in all, a very good read.
Lastly after I got it from Amazon I noticed on the cover that it had- for me- the kiss of death, an endorsement from Stephen King. I like King's books but with 1 or 2 exceptions I have hated any books his endorsement appears on.
Fat Bob DeadYet?".
Thinking Kill Bill and Geirge HIGGINS, I took the bait. The book is clever , witty and wonderfully sarcastic. Anyone who likes books like Trevenian's "The Main " or any gritty novel of that type will enjoy this one.
Filled with grifters , dirt bags and bad guys, the book is just plain fun. You also have to like beagles and Vaughn Monroe. Pick it up.