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Loved it...just left me wanting to read more of BBs adventures! I was savoring the ending like the last piece of chocolate...I didn't want it to end and was hoarding it, saving it up; trying to make it last! I actually have never done tht before in reading a book. --Annette Towns
A pinch of Pynchon, a dash of Mosley, and a little Haaison thrown in for color. --Jefferson Woodruff
I'm not surprised that everyone loves it. You've created a wonderful world in this book. As the tale unfolds, we learn what happens when east meets west in the nexus of the south - Austin, Texas. So strap on your spurs because you are in for a wild read while you discover the best kept secrets and hidden treasures in A-Town. --Julie Farias
From the Publisher
Javelina Books is a micro publisher, focusing on one particular aspect of the American Literary Story. Our niche is uncovering the best, highest quality fiction emerging from American South West; stories with settings in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Old Mexico, written by gifted, daring, passionate writers who possess big hearts and speak with clear distinct voices. Where to start? The lead off work for Javelina Books is a mystery novel with romance, suspense and humor written by Texas writer, Denniger Bolton.
Great writing from the author! Without a doubt, this book had it's own unique flair, each character being eccentric and humorous in their own way. The protagonist is pretty much a regular guy who breathes life into a murder case that had been left unsolved. But of course, this brings the action very much into the present. I thought the author did such a great job in creating a very funny, offbeat book with unique characters and an entertaining, well-paced plot. There's quite a bit of cursing, so it might not be for everyone, but it definitely combines humor and murder well!
This is a very funny sort-of mystery book that doesn't take anything too very seriously, you know what I mean, man? Real dialogue comes out of the characters' mouths along with an occasional swear word, which is, come to think on it, real dialogue too. Happy trailer reading. "Keep honking while I reload."
This book truly engaged me, primarily because of the personalities of the characters, some of them even lovable for whom I rooted. B.B. is ably developed. He surrounded himself with colorful characters and codgers. His girlfriend Patricia was under-developed. T. Rex is a hoot. I thought things turned preposterous toward the end with the chases and invincibility of El Jaguar. It really showcased Austin and locals probably really enjoyed the travelogue. I expected more commentary on the beach life goings-on at Hippie Hollow.
I have always heard the phrase, "Keep Austin Weird." If they characters in Hippie Hollow are any indication of the people in deep central Texas, then I can only agree that they folks are doing a great job with their mission statement. The story has it all, hobbit references, pink flamingos, occult practices, and a little murder mixed in between.
The likable but hapless B. B. Rivers never ceases to create a chuckle as he bumbles his way through life. Somehow, he finds a "partner", in the sense of his work life and his love life. With the help of his weird casts of friends, B. B. opens up an explosive case buried for the last five years. Unfortunately as the truth comes out of hiding, so does the killer. And he wants nothing more than to finish the job. Read Hippie Hollow to find out if the bizarre troupe of characters can solve the mystery before they all wind up dead. If you are from anywhere near Austin, you must read this book (while you eat your chiles relleno.)
PATRICK RALEY is the author of the mystery, detective novel entitled "Precedent of Justice". Find out why Publisher's Weekly calls him "the next John Grisham." You can also find his short story "A Killer Diary" on Amazon.
If you like the writing of Kinky Friedman and Elmore Leonard you're going to love the characters in "Hippie Hollow - Murder on a Nude Beach" by Denniger Bolton. The Texas author has more off-beat humans running around loose in Austin to justify the city's reputation as "weird." The fast moving novel features an inept and inexperienced private detective trying to solve a multiple murder mystery that baffled the city police and the FBI for years. The new detective, a former city police officer named BB Rivers, is seemingly indecisive and always broke since he left his previous job as a bouncer in a Austin "kicker bar." Rivers does have two things in his favor, though. He's affable and lucky in making new acquaintances, especially one quirky florist named Max. The florist seems to have the uncanny mind of a Charlie Chan, thinks he's psychic, and guides Rivers in the right directions at the right time.
The action never slows down and moves swiftly through Austin like a tour guide. If you enjoy mystery and exploring the odd cubbyholes of Austin and the surrounding hill country, you'll like this thriller.
I wasn't sure what to expect of this modern-day, comedy wild-western, detective story. But it was one of the funniest books I'd read in years. That crazy mix of genres shouldn't work, for goodness' sake, but somehow, it works brilliantly!
I read it right through in one day, only stopping to deal with the tedium of work. I embarrassed the heck out of myself when reading it on the London Underground train - where the unspoken rule is to never make eye contact, never to speak with strangers, and to be as invisible as possible - by literally crying with laughter and (gasp!) slapping my knee. But it's not a soppy story; the 'baddie' character is a nasty specimen that left me so disturbed by his crimes that I was craving his comeuppance.
B.B.'s a great character - a really unusual mix of dopey, layabout, red-necked bar-fly, and intelligent,super-insightful detective (think Columbo in cowboy boots instead of the tatty old raincoat). And he's just so funny...
I've already recommended this book to quite a few friends and family. Buy it; you'll love it.
Authors have used Austin as a backdrop for fiction as far back as the 1890's with William O'Henry Porter. BB River's Hippie Hollow captures the characteristic zaniness of the late 1990's and early 21st Century Austin. If you are looking for extreme violence and gore, this might not be your cup of tea. However, for a good read and a romp through what is, read this book.