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Turnpike Flameout Hardcover – December 27, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In Dezenhall's mildly diverting fourth mystery (after 2004's Shakedown Beach), Jonah Eastman, grandson of a late Atlantic City Mafia bigwig, agrees to assist a public relations colleague handling Turnpike Bobby Chin, one-time child star turned '80s rock star ("For a fleeting moment Bobby had become Jersey's second-favorite rocker after Springsteen"). Chin, who's trying for a second comeback, has somehow survived a private plane crash and become the lead suspect in the disappearance—and possible murder—of a local sculptor. Eastman, simultaneously repelled and fascinated by Chin's near-pathological narcissism, soon realizes that his new client is his own worst enemy, though Chin is ably assisted by investigative music journalists after his scalp as well as the not-especially-bright star's own supporters and hangers-on. While the author's narrative skill suffices to keep the plot rolling and tumbling, his would-be colorful characters come off as rejects from one of Elmore Leonard's lesser novels, and their snappy patter sags more often than it snaps. (Jan.)
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Pollster Jonah Eastman returns for another adventure in damage control. A rock legend on the out side of down-and-out survives a plane crash. Then, when a famous artist disappears soon after completing a sculpture that doesn't present the rock star in, shall we say, the best light, it looks like murder. Can Jonah work his magic and put a positive spin on the rock star's situation? The author, a noted crisis--management expert, keeps getting better with every novel (this is his fourth). The balance between comedy and mystery is shifting ever so slightly toward the comic, allowing the author to put wry comments about his own profession into Jonah's mouth. It would be interesting, too, to see Eastman operate outside the mystery format--say, in a nongenre novel that really explored the whole "spin doctor" phenomenon--but fans of this series won't find anything to quibble with here. David Pitt
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Public relations "Practitioner" Cindi Handler hires Jonah to help her client; former TV child star turned into New Jersey's number two rock star after the Boss, Turnpike Bobby Chin. Recently his private plane crashed nearby, but he walked away. Now, he is the prime suspect in what is considered a kidnapping and probably a murder of a vanished sculptor Christian Josi, who was creating an unflattering statue of the former star. Trying to help an egotistical jerk surrounded by has-beens and never-beens and chased by music journalistic vultures makes working the Reagan White House seem simple.
The fourth Jonah pollster tale is an exciting thriller starring an intriguing individual whose expertise is an interesting spin. The story line is owned by Jonah as he reflects on life while trying to turn opinion in favor of pathetic Turnpike Bobby who instead thinks he needs an upholsterer and a lawyer more than an impact pollster. Though the support cast including the Turnpike behaves like aging garage band members seeking the Fountain of Youth (except for Jonah's intelligent wife and Cindi), Jonah's endeavors make for an intriguing look at how images and icons are created.
The author offers insight and answers that must have been gained in his daytime career as a Crisis Management Expert. Since the other reviewers have covered plot, I won't do that here except to say that "Turnpike Bobby Chin" could've easily been named "Train-wreck Bobby Chin." I was similtaneously repelled and fascinated by him. Have you seen "Breaking Bonaduce?" Can't change the channel but you feel so gross after watching it...
Any-who, I highly recommend "Turnpike Flameout." Order it soon and enjoy-just not on a crowded train!
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. You will, too.
On one hand, Dezenhall's ear for comedy left me in hysterics -- especially Turnpike Bobby's misheard lyrics -- but his mastery of how the media can be manipulated on behalf of a well-paying reprobate like Turnpike Bobby got me thinking. The story line about the conveniently missing au pair could have been snatched right out of the Natalee Holloway/Aruba mystery headlines. Whether you want to laugh or ruminate on the state of our star-struck civilization, Turnpike Flameout will get you there.