Hello "The Read on WNC" readers:
I'm posting this note to announce the publication of vol. 3 in my "Loy's Loonies" series. This one is called The Mortician's Road Trip and it's a bit more of a mystery than my earlier books. Here's a teaser for the story.
Upstate New Yorker Baz Rathbone makes ends meet by selling human skulls. By contract, he should cremate them, but he doesn’t. His little business comes to the attention of the FBI when a woman spots her late husband’s skull being used as a candlestand by a skinhead (she recognizes the skull from a distinctive Texas-shaped bone flap). The feds’ investigation ultimately takes them to Moose Wallow, Maine, where they interview assistant mortician Lazlo Wetzo and his taxidermist friend, Uliba Helmsman. Both men are loveable potheads and, additionally, Lazlo is narcoleptic and thus prone to the occasional cataplectic collapse. When Uli, Lazlo, and Laz’s girlfriend, Annette Fibrowski, travel from Maine to the Carolinas to pick up a preserved human body and also the carcass of an orangutan—the former for burial in Maine and the latter to be stuffed for a zoo near Charlotte—chaos ensues. Through a complex set of connections, Baz Rathbone hears about the trip and hires an inexpensive-but-stupid local redneck to steal the ape, whose skull would bring in serious money. But when the heist goes wrong and expands into armed robbery, kidnapping, and shipping a human body via UPS, Rathbone wants out. Thanks to the combined efforts of Lazlo, Uli, Annette, and the FBI, justice is finally served, but only after a hilarious set of misadventures. If your literary tastes include zany stories, you’ll love The Mortician’s Road Trip. It is available from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble as either an ebook or a POD paperback. Buy several, they're small. JDL