Off and Running by Philip Reed
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jack Dillion is a writer, not a famous one rather down on his luck actually, but he is hired to write a story, a story about a famous comedian, who at the height of his TV career, just upped and left his extremely popular show, without an explanation to anyone, not even his adoring public.
So you would think meeting the comedian Walt Stuckey would be a simple thing, chatting to him, and writing the story? Wrong, nothing seems to be simple at all, Walt has a rather spoilt brat of a son named Garrett. Jack and Walt become good friends during their chats, and Walt invites Jack and his wife for the weekend which turns out to be the start of the trouble. Walt has a stroke, Garrett the brat sacks Jack, the memoir of Walt's life is canceled, and Walt is kept like a prisoner by the horrible son!!
Jack wants to finish the story, and he decides he will finish it, to do that he kidnaps Walt and takes off with him so that they can continue the memoirs. You may think that would be simple, but you would be WRONG things go from bad to worse, the story really picks up the pace. There are attempted murders, kidnapping, murders, comedy, laughs, it is such a diverse story that you cannot help but chuckle at times
I received a copy of this story from Brash Books via NetGalley, (thanks to both for a great read).
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