Comedy club owner and occasional performer Channing Hayes thought the comedy biz was tough, but it’s a stroll in the park compared to politics. When he and his business partner Artie attend a congressional campaign event for their friend Thomas Lee’s nephew, masked thugs storm in and break up Lee’s restaurant with baseball bats. The candidate’s people insist that the police not be involved, so Lee asks Channing to investigate. As Channing searches for answers, he finds himself plunged into a corrupt world of payoffs, gangs, illicit affairs, blackmail—and murder.
A New Last Laff Mystery from Agatha Award-Nominated Author Alan Orloff
Orloff's second whodunit starring standup comic Channing Hayes, part-owner of the Last Laff Comedy Club in northern Virginia, fails to deliver on the promise of his debut, Killer Routine (2011). Hayes enters the high-stakes world of a heated congressional campaign after three masked, bat-wielding thugs violently interrupt a reception for Democratic candidate Edward Wong at Wong's uncle's Chinese restaurant in Fairfax County. The uncle, who's a friend of Hayes, asks him to find out the motive for, and the people behind, the attack. In order to learn whether Wong's opponent in the general election might be responsible, the comedian makes overtures to the rival campaign. While Hayes, still in mourning for his fianc e, Lauren Dempsey, who died eight months earlier in a car crash, is a sympathetic lead, his fairly superficial interactions with the important people in his life won't endear the supporting cast to readers.