Stephen Dobyns: Is Fat Bob Dead Yet?

Strangest and funniest crime novels I ve read in a long time It s also very endearing with a cast of oddball characters that you simply can t elp rooting forThe 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 ueens Anonymous Free Beagles from Nicotine Addiction and Orphans from Outer Space Since there s obviously than one sucker born every minute it s a pretty good racket but the last thing Connor needs to to get entangled with the copsConnor also runs into trouble with mob enforcers angry wives a sexy woman for The Last Runaway hire andis own brother It s not an easy life It does make for a very entertaining novel Sanctuary (The New World Series, however one that should certainly appeal to readers who enjoyed the comic novels of Donald Westlake for example All in all a very good read I listened to 21% of this novel and I just don t care I don t care about any of the characters I don t care for the so calledumor and I don t care about the story I gave this twice my normal 10% I ave a 10% rule and it still asn t captured my interest DNF If you like your murder mysteries served with a Lion Boy Trilogy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy: The Chase (Book 2) and Lion Boy: The Truth (Book 3)) hefty dollop of wry somewhat bizarreumour then this could be the book for youThe mystery is full of twists and turns but for me it s all about the comedic elements The umour really is almost surreal at times and a lot of the comedy comes from the distinctly unreliable narrator although the character who is prone to ilarious malapropisms when Inside the Hornets Head he s stressed was a delicious cherry on the topThis wouldave been a five star read for me if it wasn t for all the gratuitous nudity I m not against nudity and sex in a book if it serves the plot in some way but this was just pure titillation which I don t really even see the point of in a non visual medium I get that the author was playing with the concept of the noir femme fatale but it just didn t work for meOh and for those of you who want to know if Fat Bob survives the book view spoileryes yes Imagination According to Humphrey (According to Humphrey he does Take THAT diabeteside spoiler I m over Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales half way in this book and still not engaged I getow there were comparisons to favorite authors of mine Hiaasen Dorsey and Westlake in Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods., humor Russo in portrayals of town life but the effort justasn t panned out for me I find neither the characters or the plot engaging In the meantime a book I ve been eager to read Phoebe’s Fair Valentine (Oh. My. Gods., has landed at my doorstep and I m putting this aside Sorry Fat Bob You may not be dead yet but you re dead to me I received this book via the Read it Forward program Thank you for sending me a copy Sorry I wasn t keen on it Conner is coming out of the shoe repair whene sees a motorcyclist run smack into the side of a truck that s backing out of an alley Kersplat Worse yet to The Ground beneath her Feet his own thinkingis little blue Beamer is stuck behind another car that can t get out until the cops leave and the street is normal again This is only the beginning of a darkly funny novel that follows in the tradition of comic suspense writers like Donald Westlake and GM Ford There s plenty of gore at the outset and so this isn t your best choice for a meal time read or for those with a low tolerance for such things but for most it will be worth it Our story features two detectives Manny and Vikstrom who Killer Pancake / The Cereal Murders heartily despise one another along with a team ofucksters that invent and collect on behalf of scam charities for tobacco addicted beagles and former prom ueens that can t move on The laugh out loud funny tidbits come from malapropisms turned by one member of the scam team a fellow that Lo Que la Reina Quiere (Sexys Cuentos de Hadas Al Revés nº 1) has who knows what odd mental glitch and pops out withilarious misstatements The most beautiful thing about the William Gibson humorere is that the author Nancy Drake has no inclination at all to explainis jokes or belabor them He drops them in and if you get them you get them if you aren t paying attention they re launched past you like Fat Bob s Bandbox head I am sorely tempted to give this story a five star rating and asumor goes it deserves it Reluctantly I recognize the lack of character development and refrain but believe me I will be watching for this writer in the future. It was an accident But then Everglades (Doc Ford Mystery, he sees a familiar man who else would wear an Elvis pompadour in this day and age lurking around the crime scene Where does Connor knowim from And why does everyone e knows keep showing up dea.

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This comical romp as a cast of wacky characters who get involved in robbery murder and mayhemConnor Raposo is a andsome tanned twentysomething man of Portuguese ancestry who feels an obligation to is clan namely Sapphamire (Dragons of Dragonose his mob connected brother Vasco andis Uncle Didi After stints as a schoolteacher and a Detroit casino worker Connor is now working for Uncle Didi in Rhode Island Didi who prides The Donovan Legacy (Donovans himself on inventing creative frauds is running a charity scam out of a Winnebago which is convenient for moving the business every few weeks Didi s latest con involves calling people to exhort donations for bogus charities like Orphans from Outer Space Organ Grinder Monkey Retirement Ranch Prom ueens Anonymous for former pageant winners gone to seed Free Beagles from Nicotine Addiction for beagles used in smoking experiments and Holy Sisters of the Blessed Little FeetDidi s employees Eartha and Vaughnired because they sound like famous singers call people to cajole wheedle and gently bully them into giving moneypreferably cashto the non existent causes Connor who s the worst liar in the world can t make the phone calls so Breaking Down (The Garage, he s the bag man Connor collects contributions from donorsomes or from the post office box where they send their donationsOne day Connor is on a personal errand in nearby New London Connecticut where e s picking up is Bruno Magli shoes from a repair shop when e sees a orrific accident A Fat Bob Harley Davidson motorcycle crashes into a truck and the bike rider is shredded and decapitated The victim is assumed to be the bike s owner a man called Fat Bob for Passionate Kisses Boxed Set his girth andis collection of Fat Bob motorcycles However the owner Destiny and Power had lentis bike to an acuaintancewho s now toast Fat Bob motorcycleConnor who can t extricate My Rocky Romance Diary (Diaries of Kelly Ann, his car from the accident scene until the cops clear the street starts an idle conversation with a fellow onlookerwho introducesimself as Sal Nicoletti Sal who The Café Book has lifts inis shoes an Elvis style pompadour a Rolex watch an array of gold chains several large rings and a pricey pen seems like a shady guy Nevertheless Connor gives Sal a ride Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade (Lord John Grey, home and is immediately mesmerized by the dandy s gorgeous sexy wife This infatuation leads to a scene with cuticle scissors that will be imprinted on my mind for a long time Meanwhile two New London detectives Benny Vikstr m and Manny Streeter look into the fatal motorcycle truck collisionand discover it was deliberate murder The cops proceed to investigate but their progress isampered by their ongoing low key feud This stems from the time Vikstr m made fun of Streeter s at ome karaoke set up complete with a stage a bar and little round tables Vikstr m and Streeter s constant passive aggressive antics are funny but got a bit oldAs things turn out the wrong biker was killed in the crash and flashy Sal Nicoletti who s actually in the witness protection program is implicated in the murder All this sets up a complicated scenario involving Fat Bob who goes on the run Fat Bob s estranged wife who s selling off is beloved bikes for spite a mentally ill Models Dont Eat Chocolate Cookies homeless man who thinkse as a giant lizard tail a murderous thug named Chucky and is Shalias Diary (Shalias Diary, henchmen one of whom is thinking of abandoning the professionand wonders if there s a Murderers Anonymous two FBI agents whoave little use for Vikstr m and Streeter a red Scruples Two haired man who s out for revenge a nice girl who takes a shine to Connor Manny Streeter s beagle loving wife who gets a call from Didi s scam artists and Connor unwittingly putsimself in the center of the maelstrom and What Janie Found (Janie Johnson, his life is seriously endangered thanks in part tois rapscallion brother Vascowho s an informant for gangsters The story is replete with conspiracies and unintended conseuences and provides plenty of laughsOne of the most amusing characters in the story is Vaughn Didi s youthful cohort who claims e IS an orphan from outer space Vaughn speaks almost entirely in malapropisms saying things like I m aving a nervous shakedown I need medical resistance I m suffering from cardinal arrest Damp weather s Silver Tower / Strike Force / Shadow Command hard on my sciences What do you think about gerbil warming What are you incinerating Inflammable language scares me and so onThe book is entertaining but the jokes are repetitive and the plethora of villains make itard to remember who s who Still the story is funny and I d recommend it to readers who enjoy zany mysteries You can follow my reviews at DNF 25%I was looking forward to a fun uirky story I ve read 25% of the story and I just don t Explosive Acts have any desire to pick this book up again Iaven t found anything to be even remotely funny and I don t care about any of the characters This book just does not work for me at allARC provided by Penguin First to Read I got this book. Stephen Dobyns whom Stephen King Shadowbridge (Shadowbridge, has described as the best of the best is back withis newest novel Is Fat Bob Dead Yet a comic suspense novel about a small time con operation a pair of combative detectives and the pride re.

Free from FirsttoReadcomThere s no point in dragging this out He looked under them and over them in front of them and behind them to the right and to the left of themThis uote pretty wells sums up the book for me there seemed to be twice as many words as necessary in any given part of the story By Academia de Rowan (A Tapeçaria halfway through I was reading every 4th page and then I skipped the final uarter If you enjoy narrators that break the 4th wall and go into mental tangents you ll love this book Unfortunately I don t A new Stephen Dobyns book is cause to celebrate Inis new mystery Connor Raposo witnesses what e thinks is a terrible accident but one of the men e sees Two Reels And A Crank hanging around the crime scene looks really familiar and suddenly the accident doesn t seem so accidental This book is great fun Also if you want to read a creepy book check outis novel The Church of Dead GirlsTune in to our weekly podcast dedicated to all things new books All The Books 35 I love offbeat stuff like this Before anyone gets all freaked about the dog on the cover smoking a cigarette no animals were Queens Gambit (The Tudor Trilogy, harmed or caught smoking in this novel The smoking dog represents just one scam run by a couple of very odd people who solicit money over the phone telling selected callers that theirelp is needed to Free Beagles from Nicotine Addiction FBNA referring to dogs who are used in research Another selected group of unwary customers gets calls to support Prom ueens Anonymous directed at fading beauties who never uite grew out of their prom ueen days while yet another specifically targeted group receives pleas to support Orphans from Outer Space So don t worry about the dog or go and boycott the book because the dog may incite teens to take up smoking nothing like that goes on ere But I just know someone will complain or take offense you eard it The Camping Cookbook here folks I laughed myself silly throughout the firstalf of this book and a little beyond When I d finished the book very very late last night I took a look at what readers on goodreads Absalom, Absalom! had to say and discovered that I mustave a strange uirky sense of umor because not a whole lot of people found this book at all funny Then again I m known for enjoying the unconventional and the strange My point is that it s a novel that may not appeal to everyone but if you like absurdity snark and sarcasm you ll find plenty of it ereIt s not so much the story but the characters that really drive this novel and there are any number of lunatics who populate this book The two main cops Black Stone have a serious passive aggressive thing going on in their work partnership Manny Streeter is crazy about karaoke andas spent a lot of money turning one of the bedrooms into a karaoke lounge complete with tables and rules On Liberty his partner Benny Vikstr m really wants out of the partnership but finds that the only way out is to become a bike cop He also catches a lot of flak on the job when people joke aboutim being a famous Swedish detective The scam artists at Bounty Incthe perpetuators of FBNA are just insane but they No Way Down have given the main character Connor a job working for them and say they are preppingim to take over the business Even the bad guys but so their wives are sort of silly with one exception a crazy lunatic named Chucky There s also a Pulled Thread Embroidery homeless guy who thinkse English Humour for Beginners has a tail every timee gets through a bottle of Everclear Then there s Connor Absolutely on Music himself the guy who through no fault ofis own ends up in than one situation The Ransom of Mercy Carter he saving trouble keeping under control There really isn t one sane person in this book and when you combine them all what you get is a rather crazy mix of characters who keep things beyond lively Oh yes and then there s the murder mystery Now the downside to this book is that even though it s terribly clever at the end it was like I was watching a movie It s like the novel was really fun up to that point but the ending Gone for Good had all of the trademarks of those films that feature theapless Lallieva (Alice Allevi, hero and all of the crazies inisher orbit I could actually see things playing out in my ead exactly to form If you ve read this book you ll know precisely what I m saying if not well you will I would like to think that the author did this on purpose but who knows So the bottom line is this as the dustjacket blurb notes it is an entertainingly absurd novel and it made me laugh out loud for most of the book I don t know that I d say it s a novel for everyone because clearly some readers couldn t get into the umor of it all I say if you come into it with no expectations making your mind a blank slate and not worrying about the whole mysterycrimeplot thing it will probably make for fun reading I British Society Since 1945 have this tendency to favor the unconventional so it was a good book for me This is one of the. Venge and deception that guide us all Richard Russo meets El LeonardIn the seaport city of New London Connecticut and newcomer Connor Raposoas just witnessed a gruesome motorcycle accident on Bank Street At least e thinks.

Dobyns was raised in New Jersey Michigan Virginia and Pennsylvania He was educated at Shimer College graduated from Wayne State University and received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1967 He has worked as a reporter for the Detroit NewsHe has taught at various academic institutions including Sarah Lawrence College the Warren Wilson College MFA Program